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Migration Processes from Eastern and Central Europe in Spain: Legal Status, Social Identity and Job Placement

Author(s): Mónica Ibáñez Angulo

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 84;
Start page: 105;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Spain | Eastern Europe | Central Europe | inmigration | civil and political rights | integration | job market

In Eastern and Central Europe, the collapse of the socialist model and the incorporation of the neoliberal model plunged the region into a deep economic and social crisis. In this context, emigration came to be viewed as a way out, at least on a temporary basis. Transnational migration from this region has also been interpreted as a response to the crisis of values generated following the collapse of the Socialist States. This text analyses migration flows from Eastern and Central Europe from three perspectives: politics (which defines their legal status); sociocultural (from whence their social identities and imaginaries are derived) and the economic (which establishes specific forms of job placement). The aim of the study isto show that choosing migration destinations is not only determined by a rational economic logic, but also by political and socio-cultural factors; the study also stresses the point that social integration is a reciprocal, multidimensional process.
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