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Transnational Orientation, Cosmopolitanism and Integration among Albanian-origin teenagers in Tuscany

Author(s): Z. Vathi

Research on transnationalism and integration is increasingly focusing on the intersections between the two concepts. However, the debate is polarised between the country of origin and the host country when migrants' identity and belongingness are concerned. In the case of the children of migrants, the literature also largely lacks references to locality, mobility and cosmopolitanism. This paper explores the integration of Albanian-origin teenagers in Tuscany and the relationship between their transnational orientations and their integration strategies. Findings show that both the social and cultural institutions and the spatial units to which these teenagers refer in their integration discourse go beyond their country of origin and their host country. Firstly, there is a translocal dimension to their references to Florence, Prato and Tuscany and the place of their parental origin in Albania. Secondly, their views and perceptions of integration contain a strong cosmopolitan orientation*both conceptually and spatially. The qualities of space and locality impact on transnational ties, giving rise to cosmopolitan orientation and practices.

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Author(s): Z. Vathi

Organisation/publisher:

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Published:

21/08/2013

Main theme(s):

Migration with Families

Sub-theme(s): South - North

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Keywords: Country - Albania Country - Italy Transnational

Type:

Electronic Article Journal article