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First trip abroad: expectations, experiences and stories of transnational Romanians

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Croitoru, Alin

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Abstract The chapter “First trip abroad: expectations, experiences and stories of transnational Romanians” analyses transnational Romanians’ stories about their first trip abroad using the EUMEAN dataset. The concept of physical mobility is seen as a broader framework for understanding transnational and cosmopolitan behaviours as well as international migration. In order to distinguish between different types of travelling for the first trip abroad, the chapter is constructed keeping in mind the structural changes and constraints regarding physical mobility for Romanian citizens. During the transition from a communist country to a EU member state, Romanian citizens’ stories about travelling abroad for the first time fundamentally changed. Labour migrants, asylum seekers, business travellers, students or tourists left the country with different expectations and faced different problems at destination. Their attitudes toward origin and destination framed their images about the first trip abroad. Using a qualitative approach and samples of Romanians who live in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom, the analysis emphasizes certain differences between different types of travelling for the first time abroad and reconstructs how Romanians started their transnational careers.
Keywords EU; European integration; transnationality; transnationalization; globalization; cosmopolitanism; european identity; identification; mobility; migration; Europeanization; everyday life; Romania; qualitative interview; academic exchange; student; asylum seeker; tourism; foreign countries; travel
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration; General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Free Keywords EUCROSS; cross-border mobility; cross-border practices; cross-border transactions; collective identification; virtual mobility; everyday transnationalism; physical mobility; labour migration; business traveler; transnational career; cross-border business; cross-border shopping; migration motive
Collection Title Romanians’ Social Transnationalism in the Making
Editor Croitoru, Alin; Sandu, Dumitru; Tudor, Elena
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 28-44
Series EUCROSS Working Paper, 8
Status Published Version; not reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications