Belonging and Returning home: Deconstruction of Latvian Returnees' National Identity

Inese Šūpule, Evija Kļave
2018 Humanities and Social Sciences Latvia  
The aim of this article on Latvian returnees' national identity is to get understanding of whether and how the forth and back migration experience affects returnees' sense of national identity. Different dimensions of national identity (territorial, political and cultural) have been analysed, both for their emotional and instrumental aspects. As empirical data, 18 semi-structured in-depth interviews with Latvian nationals who emigrated between 1991 and 2011 and returned after 2010 were
more » ... 2010 were analysed. The study acknowledges Hedetoft's statement that migration processes affect the growing variability of belonging: one can have several 'homes' and 'identities', as identifying with one country does not exclude identification with another, whether that is the country of origin or of residence. However, the formation of strong supranational identity, i.e., the sense of belonging to Europe has not been manifested among Latvian returnees.
doi:10.22364/hssl.26.1.1 fatcat:li3hptoadfc6nkthmuimrvcvc4