Returning migrants have been involved in post-socialist transformation processes all over the European East. Engaged in politics, economy, science and education, arts and civil society, re-migrants often exerted crucial influence on state and nation-building processes and on social and cultural transformations. However, remigration is not only a story of successes, but equally one of failed integration, marginalization, non-participation and lost potentials – and it is a story mostly untold. Despite singular research on various aspects of remigration in this particular historical context, a comprehensive account and comparative discussion of its implications for post-socialist transformation are still lacking. The project aims to establish a discursive platform and to contribute to a deeper understanding of remigration, its socio-cultural impact and of traces left on the fabrics of daily life in post-socialist European regions.

The project outcomes are meant to address not only a scholarly audience, but also stakeholders in politics, public administration, and international agencies dealing with migration, mobility, development, and European integration processes of former socialist European regions.