The contribution deals with the memories on the so called exodus from Istria after WW II and the formation of the Italian national community in Slovenia. It considers the memories of this community, which in the dominant Slovene public discourse are often stigmatized and collectively criminalized.
The paper discusses emigration from Venetian Slovenia to the USA in the early decades of the 20th century on the basis of passenger lists. It illustrates the typological change from seasonal continental to transatlantic labour migration. This marked the beginning of permanent emigration from Venetian Slovenia and introduced the process of depopulation of the region. The role of relationship networks in the organization of migration, in directing the migration flows to labour markets and mainteining of the ties with the sending land are discussed as well.