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The Emigrant Communities of Latvia

National Identity, Transnational Belonging, and Diaspora Politics

  • This open access book provides insight in patterns of Latvian migration during the past 25 years

  • An interdisciplinary enriched account on push and pull forces in contemporary diaspora transformations

  • Discusses migration combining top-down policy and bottom-up emigrant perspectives

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Rita Kaša, Inta Mieriņa
    Pages 1-10Open Access
  3. Contemporary Latvian Migration

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11
    2. An Integrated Approach to Surveying Emigrants Worldwide

      • Inta Mieriņa
      Pages 13-33Open Access
  4. Case Studies on Transnational and National Belonging of Migrants

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 117-117
    2. Latvian Emigrants in the United States: Different Waves, Different Identities?

      • Andris Saulītis, Inta Mieriņa
      Pages 203-229Open Access
  5. Return Migration and Policies of the Sending Country

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 259-259
    2. Return Migration Process in Policy and Practice

      • Evija Kļave, Inese Šūpule
      Pages 261-282Open 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

  • Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Riga, Latvia

    Rita Kaša

  • Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

    Inta Mieriņa

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

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • 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

  • Topics: Human Migration, Diaspora Studies, Comparative Psychology, Sociology, Political Science

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)