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Integration, Transnational Mobility and Human, Social and Economic Capital Transfers (ITHACA)

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 motives 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.

Research objectives:
ITHACA aims to explore the interconnections between the integration process and transnational mobility of migrants by answering 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 encourage transnational mobility?
• What type of transfers take place through the transnational mobility of migrants?

To study these questions, ITHACA examines the links between integration and transnational mobility in regard to four countries of destination (Austria, Italy, Spain and the UK) and altogether five countries of origin (Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Morocco, the Philippines and Ukraine). ICMPD is responsible for conducting the Austrian case study. The groups studied in Austria include Bosnians, Indians, Filipinos and Ukrainians.

Project Duration: 2013 - 2015
Funding: European Commission, DG Home Affairs
Project Coordinator: European University Institute (EUI)
Project Partners: Real Instituto Elcano (RIE), London Metropolitan University (LMU), International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
Contact: Albert Kraler



Alexandra König, Katharina Schaur, Jimy Perumadan (2016): Dividing, connecting, relocating: Emotions and journeys of embodiment in transnational space. In: Transnational Social Review, doi: 10.1080/21931674.2016.1180846

Alexandra König, Bernhard Perchinig, Jimy Perumadan, Katharina Schaur (2015): Country Report Austria. ITHACA Research Report N.1/2015. Florence: EUI.








More information is available on the website of EUI here.

Research staff involved:

   Alexandra König
   Albert Kraler
   Bernhard Perchinig
   Jimy Perumadan
   Katharina Schaur