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Migrating and Settling in a Mobile World

Albanian Migrants and Their Children in Europe


  • This open access book contains cross-generational comparative qualitative research with migrants and their minor children

  • Provides qualitative research on the intergenerational transmission of identity, integration and transnational ties

  • Explains identity, integration and transnational ties through the concepts of agency, capital and power

  • Adds to limited research on children and migration and the ‘second-generation’ minors

  • Consists of the first full-length comparative study of the Albanian ‘second generation’

  • Includes supplementary material:

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

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Zana Vathi
    Pages 1-35Open Access
  3. Integration: National, City and Local Perspectives

    • Zana Vathi
    Pages 73-116Open Access
  4. Transnational Ties and Attitudes Towards Return

    • Zana Vathi
    Pages 117-148Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 195-216

About this book

This open access book draws on award-winning cross-generational research comparing the complex and life-changing processes of settlement among Albanian migrants and their adolescent children in three European cities: London (UK), Thessaloniki (Greece), and Florence (Italy). Building on key concepts from the social sciences and migration studies, such as identity, integration and transnationalism, the author links these with emerging theoretical notions, such as mobility, translocality and cosmopolitanism. Ethnic identities, transnational ties and integration pathways of the youngsters and adults are compared, focusing on intergenerational transmission in particular and recognizing mobility as an inherent characteristic of contemporary lives.

 Departing from the traditional focus on the adult children of settled migrants and the main immigration countries of continental North-Western Europe, this study centres on Southern Europe and Great Britain and a very recently settled immigrant group. The result is an illuminating early look at a second generation “in-the-making”. Indeed, the findings provide ample grounds for pragmatic and forward-looking policy to enable these migrant-origin youngsters, and others like them, to more fully attain their potential.

 The book ends with a call to reassess the term “second generation” as it is currently used in policy and scholarly works. Children of migrants seldom see themselves as a particular and homogeneous group with ethnicity as an intrinsic identifying quality. More importantly, they make use of all the limited resources at their disposal, and view their integration processes through broader geographies – showing sometimes a cosmopolitan orientation, but also using localized reference points, such as the school, city, or urban neighbourhood.


  • Albanian migrants in Europe
  • Cross-generational research
  • Ethnic identity
  • Identity, integration and transnationalism
  • Integration of ethnic minorities
  • Integration pathways
  • Intergenerational transmission
  • Mobility, translocality and cosmopolitanism
  • Second generation
  • Transnational ties
  • childhood studies


Zana Vathi's multi-sited ethnography is a must-read for scholars interested in ‘second generation migrants’. She compares the integration pathways of Albanian migrants and their descendants across three cities – London, Thessaloniki and Florence. The result is an original and theoretically stimulating book which sheds new light on this debate.

Janine Dahinden, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, United Kingdom

    Zana Vathi

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Migrating and Settling in a Mobile World

  • Book Subtitle: Albanian Migrants and Their Children in Europe

  • Authors: Zana Vathi

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2015

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-13023-1Published: 02 June 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-36635-7Published: 29 October 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-13024-8Published: 18 May 2015

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 216

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Migration, Social Structure, Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging, Sociology

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)