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Return Migration and Regional Development in Europe

Mobility Against the Stream

  • Robert Nadler
  • Zoltán Kovács
  • Birgit Glorius
  • Thilo Lang

Part of the New Geographies of Europe book series (NGE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Conceptual Approaches Towards Return Migration in Europe

  3. Researching Return Migration: Research Methods, Implementation and Results

  4. New Regional Perspectives and Research Questions on Return Migration in Europe

  5. Policy Recommendations and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Lajos Boros, Gábor Hegedűs
      Pages 333-357

About this book


This book assesses recent migration patterns in Europe, which have significantly included 'return migration' against the stream of East-West migration. Since the Eastern enlargement of the EU, many regions of Central and Eastern European have experienced a loss of human resources in core industries, raising concerns about social, economic and territorial cohesion in the region. The success rates of national and regional governmental policy aiming to retain or re-attract skilled workers have been variable, yet return migration has emerged as a major element of migration flows.

Bringing together leading researchers on this important topic in contemporary European geography, the contributors analyse a series of key issues. These include: theoretical frameworks in the field of return migration; the nexus between return migration and regional development; the effects of the global and European crisis on emigration and return migration; non-economic motivations for emigration and return; the intergenerational character of return migration, and; the reintegration of return migrants into post-socialist societies. Taken together, the chapters see return migrants as important agents of change, innovation and economic growth. The book will be of great interest for scholars and students of human, economic and political geography.


Regional Policy Regional Peripheralisation Central Europe Eastern Europe Western Europe Social Economies Local Economies Geography Human Geography regional development post-socialism CEE

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Nadler
    • 1
  • Zoltán Kovács
    • 2
  • Birgit Glorius
    • 3
  • Thilo Lang
    • 4
  1. 1.Leibniz Institute for Regional GeographyLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.University of SzegedSzegedHungary
  3. 3.Hungarian Academy of SciencesChemnitzGermany
  4. 4.Chemnitz University of TechnologyLeipzigGermany

About the editors

Robert Nadler is a Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, Germany

Zoltán Kovács is Professor of Economic and Social Geography, University of Szeged, Hungary

Birgit Glorius is Associate Professor of Human Geography of East Central Europe, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Thilo Lang is Head of Department at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, Germany

Bibliographic information


“The collection of studies provides an extensive review of the current state of return migration and reintegration of citizens in their country of origin, with a special focus on policy approaches that should ease return migration. … I think that the strong and meticulous editorship makes the book a solid composition and a goldmine for references. It is a highly recommended source for policy makers, academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students.” (Anna Irimiás, Hungarian Geographical Bulletin, Vol. 65 (4), 2016)