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Out of Albania
From Crisis Migration to Social Inclusion in Italy
Russell King and Nicola Mai
294 pages, 9 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-84545-544-6 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (October 2008)
ISBN 978-0-85745-164-4 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (February 2011)
eISBN 978-1-84545-864-5 eBook
“I strongly believe that this book will soon become a ‘standard reference’ in studies of Albanian society, Albanian migration, immigration to Italy (and possibly to Greece).” · Panos Hatziprokopiou
Analysing the dynamics of the post-1990 Albanian migration to Italy, this book is the first major study of one of Europe’s newest, most dramatic yet least understood migrations. It takes a close look at migrants’ employment, housing and social exclusion in Italy, as well as the process of return migration to Albania. The research described in the book challenges the pervasive stereotype of the “bad Albanian” and, through in-depth fieldwork on Albanian communities in Italy and back in Albania, provides rich insights into the Albanian experience of migration, settlement and return in both their positive and their negative aspects.
Russell King is Professor of Geography at the University of Sussex and Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research.
Nicola Mai is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of European Transformations, London Metropolitan University. Both together and individually, they have published widely in the field of migration studies, specialising in Italy, Albania and other Southern European and Balkan countries.