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Geography of belonging: nostalgic attachment, transnational home and global mobility among Romanian immigrants in Spain

AuthorsMarcu, Silvia
Global mobility
Transnational home
Mobile citizens
Romanian immigrants
Issue Date2014
PublisherTaylor & Francis
CitationJournal of Cultural Geography 31(3): 326-345 (2014)
AbstractThis article explores how human global mobility is linked to a sense of home and belonging and outlines ways in which European Union (EU) enlargement could contribute to broader debates about migration, both empirically and theoretically. To accomplish this aim, I use the context of Romanian migration to Spain. Since EU enlargement in 2007, Spain has emerged as a major destination for Romanian migrants. The main argument of the paper is that transformations in the EU over the past 20 years through its open border policy have changed migrant workers into EU movers, and this change affects people's perceptions about sense of home. This analysis is prompted by a qualitative and narrative turn in migration studies, and an emphasis on new mobility pathways in accounting for the embodied dimensions of migration. Key to the paper is an analysis of how people can maintain a sense of home while being on the move. It attempts to demonstrate that migrants' experiences of belonging in their host country may vary greatly depending on the time of movement, the politics of EU borders, the nature of mobility and personal and individual circumstances.
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/08873631.2014.945719
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