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Migration control in the Slovenian area from the times of Austria-Hungary to independent Slovenia

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.01.00  Humanities  Historiography   

Code Science Field
H250  Humanities  Contemporary history (since 1914) 

Code Science Field
6.01  Humanities  History and Archaeology 
Migration control, migration policies, migration history, Slovenia, Imperial Austria, Yugoslavia
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (9)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  33401  PhD Lev Centrih  Historiography  Researcher  2018 - 2020  119 
2.  32773  Mateja Gliha  Humanities  Technical associate  2017 - 2020 
3.  20685  PhD Jure Gombač  Ethnic studies  Researcher  2017 - 2020  372 
4.  25576  PhD Katja Hrobat Virloget  Ethnology  Researcher  2017 - 2020  464 
5.  17057  PhD Aleksej Kalc  Historiography  Head  2017 - 2020  404 
6.  28155  PhD Petra Kavrečič  Historiography  Researcher  2018 - 2020  155 
7.  08369  PhD Mirjam Milharčič Hladnik  Culturology  Researcher  2017 - 2020  605 
8.  20379  PhD Jernej Mlekuž  Culturology  Researcher  2017 - 2020  421 
9.  24014  PhD Aleksander Panjek  Historiography  Researcher  2017 - 2020  239 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  62,038 
2.  1822  University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities  Koper  1810014001  9,523 
Control of migration and migrants is a relevant aspect of migration history and one to which international historiography, under the influence of current migration processes and the challenges associated with them, is devoting increasing attention. In Slovenia this issue has not yet been given attention and treatment in line with the latest studies and concepts. For historical reasons, which include its belonging to various state contexts and migration regimes, the "Slovenian case" has many specific features, opening up a number of original questions.   The purpose of this project is to explore systems of state control of migration in Slovenia within a historical perspective running from the mid-19th century to the establishment of independent Slovenia. The objective of the research is to throw light on the development, characteristics and implementation of the migration regimes and migration policies that have, in different state contexts and phases of history, regulated the issue of migration and shaped attitudes towards migrants. The research thereby aims to provide a new perspective for reading the history of migration in Slovenia, as well as contribute to an understanding of the urgency of current migration issues in the country.   The project’s originality lies in its thematisation of the issue, which studies of the history of migration in Slovenia have only touched upon in passing. It also lies in the conceptualisation and contextualisation of the “Slovenian case” in line with the latest theoretical and methodological approaches and the new analytical perspectives that have established the topic of migration control in international studies on the history of migration. Th project is also original in the way that it problematises many of the aspects of the history of Slovenian migration, including the relationship between migration, the idea of the nation and the state.   The project’s results have the following relevance and potential impact: it will be the first such project to outline and provide, in a thematic way, an insight into the issue of migration control in Slovenia, an issue about which there has been little awareness. The results of the research will be made available to accademic and professional circles as well as to broader public. It will also be of direct use to the international EMMIR (European Master’s in Migration and Intercultural Relations) programme and to study programmes in the fields of history and other humanities subjects, sociology and migration studies at the higher-education institutions in which the members of the project group are involved. One further potential impact of the results will be on current discussions around migration management in Slovenia.
Significance for science
The project defines a new thematic field and opens up a new issue-specific perspective for the study and reading of the history of migration in Slovenian territory. In doing so it uses the conceptual bases and methodological approaches developed by international historiography. At the same time, it further problematizes the paradigms and develops them in the light of the specifics of the Slovenian context. The project puts the ‘Slovenian case’ on the international map of the history of migration control and highlights the ‘particularisms’ that are key to understanding the different levels and manifold implications of the issue. Owing to the interconnections between the issue of migration control and many of the aspects of social, economic, political and cultural history, it also contributes to the problematization of the history of these thematic areas. It highlights the role of migration and its study in any interpretation of history in Slovenian territory. At the same time, it also forges connections with other disciplines and opens up new questions at the level of the interdisciplinary study of migration.
Significance for the country
The audience for the research is the state and its institutions, politics and the wider Slovenian public, in addition to the academic sphere. By broadening knowledge of the history of migration, and particularly migration control, the project aims to contribute to an awareness of past experiences. In this way it highlights the continuity of the issue of migration control over the course of history, the development of control systems and factors that they generate and the interests they manage. It thereby wishes to contribute critical instruments for a rational encounter with modern migrations and the challenges associated with them. The results of the project have direct social importance for state administration and the social development of Slovenia insofar as they may have an impact on the formulation of policies and strategies regarding Slovenia’s approach to the migration issue. Through direct and indirect dissemination, the research introduces specialist knowledge and academic findings into the public discussion of the issue of migration. Publication of the results of the project (in Slovenian and English) will also be of direct use to the teaching process at the international EMMIR (European Master’s in Migration and Intercultural Relations) programme and in other programmes at Slovenian universities in which the members of the project group are involved. These are the postgraduate programme Comparative studies of ideas and cultures (University of Nova Gorica, School of Humanities) and the postgraduate programme History of Europe and the Mediterranean (University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities).
Most important scientific results Interim report, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Interim report, final report
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