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1 January 1996–31 December 2000

Emigration of Slovenes to western European territory, their organization and activities in the immigration communities, preservation of national identity, maintenance of contacts with their homeland, re-socialization, acculturation and integration/assimilation processes in the new surroundings are the basic research aims of this project. The western European territory attracted Slovenes for centuries; most of them emigrated in the 19th and 20th centuries. Beside the prevailing economic reason for emigration there were other reasons, for example political. Emigration was permanent or temporary, for example seasonal workers in agriculture (France and Germany between the Two Wars). The main directions of emigration were to the German parts of Austria, to Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland and in a minor extent to other European countries, for example Scandinavia (particularly Sweden from 1960 on). In terms of methodology, historical and sociological approaches are used in this research. The main stress of the research is on ascertaining the number of emigrants, their profession/vocation structure, forms of emigration (permanent, temporary), social problems (the influence of economic crises and their consequences), social and educational life of the emigrants, their contacts with their homeland and its relation towards Slovenes abroad. The project also explores the inclusion of Slovenes into their immigrant milieu and their contribution to the development of immigrant countries.

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