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„Завръщания“ през границата? Форми на преминаване на българо-турската граница от младите поколения
„Coming Back“ across the Border? Forms of Crossing the Bulgarian-Turkish Border by the Young Generations

Author(s): Stoika Penkova, Meglena Zlatkova
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The article presents the results of a research project on the various forms of migration across the Bulgarian-Turkish border, with an emphasis on the forms of crossing the border in the beginning of the 21st century. Twenty years after the last mass migration wave from Bulgaria to Turkey, this state border is much more permeable and more often crossed in both directions, which places the problem of migration within the context of the „knowledge society“ and mobile people. That is why our attention is focused on young people born in Bulgaria or Turkey who change their place of residence as part of their life strategies related to education, professional career, marriage, etc. The „borderline“ characteristic of this generation is evident in various forms: „going to“ Bulgaria or „returning from“ Turkey, relatives who come back as foreigners, a choice of marital partner from the „other side of the border“, etc. These problems are presented in a comparative aspect; analyzed are the results of a sociological and ethnological fieldwork among young people with double citizenship who are students in Bulgarian universities, others who study in Trakya University in Edirne, and young people whose families had gone to Turkey but returned in the early 1990s.

  • Issue Year: 44/2012
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 152-171
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Bulgarian