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#444 Permanent traces of temporary residents? Explorations into a current migration phenomenon in Croatia

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First name Caroline Middle name Last name Hornstein Tomic
Title Dr. / Research Advisor (Znanstvena savjetnica) Organization / Institution Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar Department n/a
Address Mažuranić trg 19/I Postal / Zip code 10000 Country HR
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First name Dora Middle name Last name Bagić
Title Junior Researcher Organization / Institution The World Bank Department Office Zagreb
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Co-Auhtor #2

First name Maja Middle name Last name Kurilić
Title Junior Researcher Organization / Institution Foundation Znanje na djelu / Wissen am Werk Department
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Abstract title

Permanent traces of temporary residents? Explorations into a current migration phenomenon in Croatia

Abstract text

The year 2020, under the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic and mobility-constraining lockdown regimes all over the world, brought in the Croatian context a noteworthy counter-dynamics of increased flexibilization to light: transnationally mobile people who temporarily settle in a place of origin or (independently of origin) of choice, and who work from there remotely. This practice of temporary settlement includes both people with Croatian origin, who can be considered temporary return migrants, but also people of various backgrounds engaging in professions which allow them to pursue their work virtually, i.e., so-called digital nomads. In interviews and focus groups with those new fellow contemporaries we inquire into experiences of transnational engagement, of (re-) rooting and remitting in local contexts. What are motives for setting up shop in Croatia: business opportunities, trust in development potentials, factors determining wellbeing, life-style matters, family reasons, or other? What are the ideas and initiatives shared by those temporary residents to participate in and impact on local development, and what the experiences of acceptance? Are the policy responses recently given to the quests for eased visa, temporary residency, and taxation regulations i.e., for digital nomads adequate to the needs and perspectives of those temporary (return) migrant? Do they provide for them to leave permanent traces in their provisional home environments? And what commitment can be recognized to engage into building local futures including the perspective of staying permanently?

Conference topic

Panel no. 87 - Capitalizing Return. Remigrants and Transnational Networks as Significant Actors of Change

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Abstract Review

This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-08 13:01h by carolineht

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