Basic information
Original title:
Socialna, gospodarska in kulturna zgodovina slovenskega izseljenstva (1945–1991)
Researchers involved:
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1 May 2017–30 April 2020

A complete overview of voluntary and forced migration from Slovenian ethnic territory between 1945 and 1991 and of the Slovenian diaspora in this period of time will be made. Slovenia lacks a complete presentation that would join social, economic and cultural aspects of Slovenian emigration from the end of the Second World War to the proclamation of independence of Slovenia in 1991, and interpret them within the contemporary historical development of Slovenia on the one hand and the larger European migration context on the other. Overviews of European migration history do not include Slovenian emigration due to the fact that most literature on this subject is dispersed and linguistically unavailable to foreign readers. The findings of numerous studies made in Slovenia in these past decades are not much more accessible to Slovenian users either, as they have not been systematically summarised yet into a comprehensive survey. Furthermore, Slovenian historiography has treated emigration topics separately from other historical processes.


Research objectives are:

  • to join the existing findings, systematise, classify and define the periods from 1945 to the proclamation of sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Slovenia, assess the significance of Slovenian emigration during individual periods of time, and integrate it in general Slovenian history;
  • to interpret selected aspects within the international context and compare them with similar flows at European level;
  • to place Slovenian voluntary and forced migration on the map of contemporary European history – a history of voluntary and forced migrations that have shaped the development of Europe and its present image.


Relevance and the potential influence of the results: Completing the result of the previous project (the history of Slovenian emigration before 1945), the monograph will constitute the second half of a complete social, economic and cultural history of Slovenian emigration from 1870 to 1991. Like the first monograph, this second one will also be put on the project website with free access to the entire text and images. It will be first published in Slovenian language and then translated into English with the financial support from the Slovenian Research Agency and the Slovenian Government Office for Slovenians Abroad. Thus it will be applicable – among other – to EMMIR (European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations), an international study programme in which members of the project team participate. The monograph will have impact on the European reception of Slovenian emigration and it will induce the integration of Slovenian emigration history into some vital data bases and studies on European migration.

Project steps

Year 1:

  • four work meetings of the research group;
  • selection and studying of literature and sources using qualitative analysis of the contents;
  • organising quantitative data and formulating the bases for statistical analyses and presentations;
  • identifying the under-researched important phenomena of Slovenian emigration (grey areas) and planning the original parts of the research to illuminate the missing contents;
  • designing the Web presentation of the project;
  • preparing partial results (articles for peer-review journals or for peer-review academic monographs, papers/lectures for academic conferences, seminars, etc.).


Year 2:

  • four work meetings of the research group;
  • further study of literature and sources using qualitative contents analysis;
  • implementation of quantitative analysis;
  • implementation of original qualitative research concerning the grey areas;
  • content structuring of the chapters of the emerging research monograph following the chronological and the level scheme;
  • working drafts of chapters of the research monograph;
  • an academic work conference;
  • dissemination of the partial results of the project at Slovenian and international academic conferences, in the media and on the Internet;
  • publication of academic articles/papers (in peer-review journals or in peer-review academic monographs).


Year 3:

  • four work meetings of the research group;
  • the final realisation of the interpretative phase in accordance with the set guidelines of the research and the monograph;
  • dissemination of the project’s partial results at Slovenian and international academic conferences, in the media and on the Internet;
  • publication of academic articles/papers (in peer-review journals or in peer-review academic monographs);
  • preparation of the final academic monograph for print and for the Web.

The planned project results

  • publication of 10 academic articles/papers (in peer-review journals or in academic monographs);
  • an academic work conference;
  • Web presentation of the project;
  • dissemination of the project results at academic conferences in Slovenia and abroad, in the media and on the Web;
  • the main result will be a comprehensive overview of the history of Slovenian emigration 1945–1991 in the form of an academic monograph.

Project manager

Project manager at ZRC

Funded by

Slovenian Research Agency