Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Rita Kaša, Inta Mieriņa
    Pages 1-10 Open Access
  3. Contemporary Latvian Migration

  4. Case Studies on Transnational and National Belonging of Migrants

  5. Return Migration and Policies of the Sending Country

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. Evija Kļave, Inese Šūpule
      Pages 261-282 Open Access

About this book


This open access volume examines experiences of contemporary Latvian migrants, thereby focusing on reasons for emigration, processes of integration in their host countries, and – in the case of return migration - re-integration in their home country. In the context of European migration, the book describes the case of Latvia, which is interesting due to the multiple waves of excessive emigration, continuously high migration potential among European Union member states, and diverse migrant characteristics. It provides a fascinating insight into the social and psychological aspects linked to migration in a comparative context. The data in this volume is rich in providing individual level perspectives of contemporary Latvian migrants by addressing issues such as emigrants’ economic, social and cultural inclusion in the host country, ties with the home country and culture, interaction with public authorities both in the host and home country, political views, and perspectives on the permanent settlement in migration or return. Through topics such as assimilation of children, relationships between emigrants representing different emigration waves, the complex identities and attachments of minority emigrants, and the role of culture and media in identity formation and presentation, this book addresses topics that any contemporary emigrant community is faced with.


Migration trajectories Transnational identity Migrant families Diaspora communication Return migration Open access Latvia Emigration National identity

Editors and affiliations

  • Rita Kaša
    • 1
  • Inta Mieriņa
    • 2
  1. 1.Stockholm School of Economics in RigaRigaLatvia
  2. 2.Institute of Philosophy and SociologyUniversity of LatviaRigaLatvia

About the editors

Rita Kaša holds a PhD in Comparative Education from the State University of New York in Buffalo, USA. Her research interests concern educational policy, finance and governance with specific focus on equity and equality in educational access, especially on the level of higher education. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.

Inta Mieriņa is based at Yale University MacMillan Center for International and Area studies, as Juris Padegs Research Fellow, and she is also a Senior Researcher at the University of Latvia, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology. Previously, Dr. Mieriņa was the scientific director of the ESF research grant “The emigrant communities of Latvia: National identity, transnational relations, and diaspora politics”, receiving for its successful leadership the 2014 University of Latvia Annual prize in science.  In 2015 she studied the processes of migration as a Fulbright Research Fellow at the University of Washington. Currently her main research interests concern migration, integration, nationalism and far-right attitudes, inequality, social and political participation.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Emigrant Communities of Latvia
  • Book Subtitle National Identity, Transnational Belonging, and Diaspora Politics
  • Editors Rita Kaša
    Inta Mieriņa
  • Series Title IMISCOE Research Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title IMISCOE Research Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-12091-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-12094-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-12092-4
  • Series ISSN 2364-4087
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-4095
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 298
  • Number of Illustrations 31 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Migration
    Comparative Psychology
    Sociology, general
    Political Science
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