National and Cultural Identity of Slovenian Emigration in the Context of Migration Studies

Basic Info


In the face of the increased immigration from the so-called third countries to EU, migration has become the most topical theme of the 21st century. For this reason, comparative studies into Slovenian migration within a wider (European and global) migration contexts are even more urgent. A complex research into Slovenian emigration – with special emphasis on the questions of migrants’ national and cultural identity – will thus proceed at three levels: the national, the European and the global. The comparative perspective will enable, among other things, the dialogue between the past and the present as well as between the experiences of Slovenian emigrants and immigrants to Slovenia. On the one hand, the programme will continue its long-term research orientations while on the other hand it will upgrade them by introducing new topics and new interdisciplinary approaches. The common thread of the programme continues to be the study of migration processes from and to Slovenian ethnic territories and the cultural, political and socio-economic situation of Slovenian emigrants and immigrants to Slovenia in the past and present, a situation that is reflected in their chances to participate actively in intercultural dialogue and maintain their original ethnic and cultural identity in the emigration context.

The research objectives will for the most part remain the same as in the previous period of financing:

1. By shedding light upon under-researched basic themes, the programme aims at continuing that part of the nationally most relevant long-term research in the field of migrations that is not covered by the project funding.

2. With the inclusion of topical themes the programme wishes to contribute to the understanding of current challenges of modern society and help find adequate solutions for them.

3. With its involvement in international research trends, the programme team aims at updating its long-term theoretical, methodological, epistemological and terminological contribution to migration studies. With the help of case studies, it aims at contributing to the critical evaluation of established migration and integration theories, policies and practices from the point of view of the welfare state, social stability, and social and human rights.

4. Through further elaboration of expert reports and recommendations for various Slovenian ministries and government offices and through further collaboration with NGO’s, schools, migrants' associations and other interested parties, the programme group will continue to ensure regular implementation of its research findings.


Research areas
Social Sciences S000