Session 22

The last wave migrants in the European Union and their social worlds
Convener: Dumitru Sandu (professor, PhD., Universitatea Bucureşti)
– Gabriel Bădescu
(associate professor, PhD., “Babeş-Bolyai” University Cluj-Napoca)
– Monica Şerban
(researcher, PhD, ICCV Bucureşti)

(two sessions – distribution to be announced)

Gloria Macri: Competing identity narratives: Romanians in Ireland and their multiple ‘Others’
Postgraduate Scholar, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Emilia Dragomir: Arabic Community in Bucharest: Community Concept Analysis
PhD student, National School of Political and Administrative Studies – SNSPA, Bucharest

Andra Letitia Jacob Larionescu: Evolving patterns in migrants’ housing. A case study in Marginea village, Romania
PhD student, Department of Sociology and Social Work Bucharest University

Raluca Nagy: Migrants and healthcare within the EU
PhD, Researcher, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains Institut de Sociologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Dumitru Sandu: Remittances and home orientation in transnational spaces of migration
PhD, Professor, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest

Diana Cheianu: Labour Force Migration and the Development of the Society. Concurrent or Convergent Processes? The Case of the Rep.of Moldova
PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Chişinău and Director of the Sociopolis Research Institute, Chişinău

Anca Mihaela Popescu: Gender and mobility in the EU: the migration of Romanian women toward Spain and Italy
SNSPA – Bucureşti

Bogdan Voicu Insternational migration, changing context, and the socialization hypothesis
PhD, Researcher, Quality of Life Research Institute, Bucharest


The last significant wave of immigrants in European Union is coming from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).  The phenomenon is new and the approaches on the topic are still far from mapping out the key ideas in understanding these emerging social worlds of European migration. The session debate is intended to contribute to reaching such a mapping by comparative and comprehensive approaches.

Comparisons  could  have as terms of reference competing immigrants in different destination societies, last  versus previous waves of immigrants, returned migrants vs current  or intended migrants, immigrants from different  CEE countries , immigrants from CEE versus non-European societies,  host societies perceptions on last vs previous waves migrants etc.

Qualitative and quantitative approaches are welcomed to the degree they contribute to understanding the social worlds of  the migrants from that part of Europe referring to their identities, states of minds, life strategies,  patterns of remittances, communication , mobility and other types of  behaviors .

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