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Mobilisation politique pour la patrie: les Kosovars de Suisse 1989-1999

English title Political Mobilisation for the Homeland: Kosovars in Switzerland 1989-1999
Applicant Farquet Ehrler Romaine
Number 123698
Funding scheme Fellowships for prospective researchers
Research institution University of London School of Slavonic and East European Studies
Institution of higher education Institution abroad - IACH
Main discipline General history (without pre-and early history)
Start/End 01.11.2008 - 31.07.2009
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All Disciplines (3)

General history (without pre-and early history)
Political science

Keywords (9)

diaspora; politics; transnationalism; nationalism; Kosovo; Switzerland; homeland politics; culture; Albanians

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
Migrants' homeland political engagement has attracted increasing academic interest in recent years. Scores of studies have described their various forms of transnational participation: external voting, lobbying for the home state in the country of settlement, the financing of a political group in the homeland or planning an insurrection from abroad. The emergence and orientation of migrants' transnational political engagement have been explained by various factors. The political contexts in the home and settlement countries as well as the migrants' economic, political, social and organisational resources have most frequently been highlighted. Other specific traits related to particular migrants' groups, such as the length of stay of their members in the country of settlement, have also been advanced, while migrants' culture has rather been played down or even ignored.

Albanians abroad represent a particularly well-known case of transnational political engagement. They often enjoy a solid reputation for their allegedly decisive role in the "liberation of Kosovo", not only within the international press but also within the growing body of literature on migrants' political transnationalism (see Skrbis 1999; Adamson 2002; Koslowski 2005).

This thesis is about this very famous case of transnational political engagement. It seeks to identify the different forms of homeland politics by Albanians in Switzerland in the years 1981-1999, as well as the factors that influenced this engagement.

Although it recognises that the usual explanations, based on the political conditions and opportunities as well as resources, are relevant, it argues that cultural elements also need to be taken into account.
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