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Ethnologia Balkanica

Issue no.15 /2011


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Gypsy Music, Hybridity and Appropriation: Balkan Dilemmas of Postmodernity    
What Happened to the Macedonian Salad: Ethnocracy in Macedonia    
Femmes et marché urbain. De l’aventure marchande à la professionnalisation de l’expérience    
Le café au croisement des deux mondes. Exemple d’une acculturation volontaire dans la ville de Bucarest au XIXe siècle    
Aus alt mach Erbe. Der Umgang mit historischer Bausubstanz in Timişoara    
Creative City Ljubljana? Europeanization Processes at the “Edge”    
New Belgrade Post-War Identity – Sustainable Modern City – Urban Transformation    
Collective Memory and Justice Policy. Post-Socialist Discourses on Memory Politics and Memory Culture in Bulgaria    
History, Memory, and Representations of Jajce’s Heritage – a Biography of a Town Revisited    
Kinder mit Behinderungen in der bulgarischen Pressefotografie: Visualisierungen als Strategie zur Aufdeckung oder Vertuschung sozialer Probleme    
Bonfires for not just Any Dead: Alms for the Aborted Children. Remembrance Rites at Sâmedru and Feminine Coping with the Rigours of Tradition in Rural    
The Romanian Red Body: Gender, Ideology and Propaganda in the Construction of the “New Man”    
Family in the Post-War Context: The Serbian Community of Southeast Kosovo    
The Changing Family of Bessarabian Bulgarians in Post-Soviet Space    
Nostalgia and Postmodernity in Post-Yugoslav Feminist Narratives    
Romanian Women Abroad as Depicted in Cinematography    
Language and (Wo)Men’s Place in 21st Century Romania    
Constructing a Modern and/or Western Identity: the Case of Albania and of Albanian Immigrants in Greece    
The Past in the Present: Romanian Immigration and the Politics of the Self    
Internet and the Bulgarian Emigration to and in Great Britain    
Translated Title: Internet and the Bulgarian Emigration to and in Great Britain
Publication: Ethnologia Balkanica (15/2011)
Author Name: Maeva, Mila;
Language: English
Subject: Anthropology
Issue: 15/2011
Page Range: 349-362
No. of Pages: 14
File size: 286 KB
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Summary: The critical situation after the collapse of the communist regime in 1989 and the limited employment market in Bulgaria forced many Bulgarian citizens to emigrate as a way to survive. In short time, they created rather large immigrant groups in many Western Europe countries. In contrast to countries like France, Germany or Spain, Bulgarian emigration to the UK became a massive movement only after the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union in 2007. The number of Bulgarians in the UK has gradually increased, reaching almost 150 000 people in 2010 according to unofficial estimates. For that reason, Bulgarians in the UK are one of the largest ‘new’ expatriate communities in Western Europe. This article investigates the role and the influence of new information technologies such as the Internet on the integration possibilities of Bulgarian citizens in Britain. The fieldwork research showed that the global virtual network facilitates movement processes and supports adaptation and integration processes in the new host country. The Internet is not only an instrument for everyday communication with relatives and friends in Bulgaria, but also provides a source of information and cultural exchange which influences migrant’s national identification and consciousness.
Keywords: Bulgaria; United Kingdom; migration; internet; diaspora;
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