Second-generation “return” to Greece: new dynamics of transnationalism and integration

King, Russell and Christou, Anastasia ORCID logoORCID: (2014) Second-generation “return” to Greece: new dynamics of transnationalism and integration. International Migration, 52 (6) . pp. 85-99. ISSN 0020-7985 [Article] (doi:10.1111/imig.12149)


Based on in‐depth narrative interviews with 64 second‐generation Greek‐Germans and Greek‐Americans who have “returned” to Greece, this article explores intersections between return, transnationalism and integration. Having grown up with a strong Greek identity in the diaspora, second‐generation “returnees” move to Greece mainly for idealistic, lifestyle and life‐stage reasons. However, most find living in Greece long‐term a challenging experience: they remark on the corruption and chaos of Greek life, and are surprised at the high level of xenophobia in Greek society, not only towards foreign immigrants but also towards themselves as “hyphenated Greeks”. The “return” to Greece provokes new “reverse” transnational links back to their birth country, where they still need to keep in touch with relatives and friends, including caring obligations towards parents who remain abroad. Some contemplate another “return”, back to the US or Germany.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: 24 Feb 2014
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 15184
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Depositing User: Anastasia Christou
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 10:23
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 11:28

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