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1 December 2013 – 30 November 2015


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ITHACA Documentary:  “Ten Hours from Home:  A Short Film on Transnational Mobility and Integration” by Alberto Bougleux
Prince arrived in Austria from India 25 years ago as a student. Today, he owns a famous exotic food market in Vienna and is actively engaged in charity projects in his hometown and around the world. Myroslava left Ukraine when she was 22 and moved to Naples. She worked, became fluent in Italian and eventually married with a fellow national. Now she’s proud to be back home, in spite of the war. Samir instead settled in London as a refugee from the Bosnia. Today he trades products from across the Balkans to counteract his nostalgia for Bosnia. At 17, Khalid hid underneath a truck in Tangiers and crossed the Gibraltar strait seeking a future on the other side. Shot in Austria, Ukraine, Spain and the UK, Ten hours from home explores the meaning and feelings of living across two faraway countries as an everyday option. 7 stories from Bosnia, Ukraine, Morocco, India and The Philippines shed new light on transnational mobility as a way of life.

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ITHACA (Integration, Transnational Mobility and Human, Social and Economic Capital Transfers) studies the links between migrants’ integration and their transnational engagement.

Over the past couple of decades, rich empirical research in the field of transnational migration studies has highlighted that migrants engage in transnational mobility for an array of reasons, ranging from economic profit to emotional or political ties with their country of origin. They develop transnational business, trade, investments, or social and cultural programmes and circulate between their two countries.

ITHACA further explores the interconnections between the integration process and transnational mobility of migrants and aims to answer three key questions:

  • To what extent, and in what ways, do integration conditions in the country of destination encourage transnational mobility?
  • What are the conditions in the country of origin that may encourage transnational mobility?
  • What type of transfers take place through the transnational mobility of migrants?

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21-22 October “ITHACA Project Final Conference”, Migrant Integration and Transnational Mobility: Drivers and Obstacles

25 September, Regional Workshop, “Mobilising Diasporas: Bosnian – Herzegovinans and Ukrainians in the UK and Austria“, London Metropolitan University, Brighton (UK)

18 September: Transnational migration from Morocco to Italy and Spain: profiles and prospects, Real Instituto Elcano, Madrid (Spain)

22-23 January 2015: ITHACA’s Second Project Meeting was held at the London Metropolitan Unversity

16 October 2014: “The Difference that Money makes. Debts, Savings and Investments in Migrant Diasporas” (EUI): Ruby Gropas presents preliminary findings

13-14 March 2014: Conceptualising and Operationalising Migrants’ Integration and Transnational Mobility (EUI) –  First project meeting

December 2013: launch of ITHACA

July 2013: The ITHACA project is approved by DG Home of the European Commission as part of its Integration Fund Community Actions