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Družbene konstrukcije migrantskih statusov in njihov vpliv na procese selekcioniranja in integracije migrantov (Slovene)

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.03.00  Social sciences  Sociology   

Code Science Field
5.04  Social Sciences  Sociology 
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (1)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  27511  PhD Sanja Cukut Krilić  Sociology  Head  2009 - 2012  248 
Organisations (1)
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  62,507 
Significance for science
The project is relevant in its examination of the historical-political construction of migration in Slovenia as well as globally, as a socially relevant phenomenon. The project has reflected, problematised and systematically described the scientific as well as ‘laic’ discourses and practices through which the national communities are constructed in a historical perspective. A special focus was on the analysis of discourses of the national population in a qualitative as well as in a quantitative sense. Despite an increasing importance of such a research stream in contemporary migration studies, it was found that the prevailing approach to migration is still rooted within narrowly defined categorisations and does not take into account the dynamic nature of migration processes. The inclusion of the category of age into research on migration is of crucial importance in the Slovenian perspective. With such an effort, the project builds upon extant research efforts to include an intersectional approach into the study of migration. For example, gender, ethnic group, and socioeconomic position were included into research to quite some extent, while this has not been the case for age as one of the determinants of contemporary migration. Migration policies and statistics were also critically evaluated from the viewpoint of appropriateness of existing classifications and existing concepts, categorisations and theories both in migration/ethnic studies and in gender studies were studied as well. By utilising results obtained through the bottom-up qualitative approach, a better insight into the processes of selection and inclusion of migrants at the level of their everyday lives was obtained. The biographic narrative method was also used in the collection as well as interpretation of interview material which is a methodological rarity in the Slovenian context . Theoretical, methodological and empirical components of the project were also included into the module Situating migration in population dynamics at the international M.A. programme on migration, where the University of Nova Gorica was one of the partners (post-graduate programmes of ZRC SAZU are conducted at this university).
Significance for the country
The project contributes to new theoretical and practical knowledge that presents a basis for more reflected decisions in the formation of migration and other related policies. In the project, main risks and factors that hinder the inclusion of migrants into the new society were identified based on migrants' statuses (categorisations) and some gaps in migration policies both at the level of Slovenian as well as EU migration policies were pinpointed. The main problems of viewing migration in the utilitarian sense, a view prevalent in policy documents on migration as well as in the public talk, were also studied. Such a discourse may seem logical from the viewpoint of encouraging employment of migrants in areas where there are not enough 'domestic workers' (from the viewpoint of competitiveness of the economy), but is problematic in view of treating migration as a basic human right and migrants as primarily individuals and not members of a concrete ethnically and/or economically defined group (e.g. the categorisation 'foreign workers'). In this way, the project has pointed to the gap between the states' development programme and needs and human rights of migrants themselves - a gap between achieving economic competitiveness and wider social cohesion in the European as well as in the national context. In view of the increasingly restrictive and selective migration policies at the EU level, such an awareness is of crucial importance, but not sufficiently present in public discourse about this topic. The project has also drawn attention to an increasing importance of the needs of older migrants that have so far not received adequate attention on the political as well as on the scientific agenda in Slovenia.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2009, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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