Diaspora or 'ethnic return' migrants have often been privileged in terms of citizenship and material support when they seek to return to their ancestral land, yet for many, after long periods of absence - sometimes extending to generations - acculturation to their new environment is as complex as that experienced by other immigrant groups. Indeed, the mismatch between the idealized hopes of the returning migrants and the high expectations for social integration by the new host country results in particular difficulties of adaptation for this group of immigrants, often with high societal costs. This interdisciplinary, comparative volume examines migration from German and Jewish Diasporas to Germany and Israel, examining the roles of origin, ethnicity, and destination in the acculturation and adaptation of immigrants. The book presents results from various projects within a large research consortium that compared the adaptation of Diaspora immigrants with that of other immigrant groups and natives in Israel and Germany. With close attention to specific issues relating to Diaspora immigration, including language acquisition, acculturation strategies, violence and 'breaches with the past', educational and occupational opportunities, life course transitions and preparation for moving between countries, The Challenges of Diaspora Migration will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in migration and ethnicity, Diaspora and return migration.
’In an era of global migration the phenomenon of returning Diasporas has been growing in scope and importance. The chapters included in this book provide an impressive and insightful analysis on a wide range of topics dealing with the incorporation of returned ethnic immigrants in Germany and Israel. The book makes unique, original and innovative contributions to the literature on immigration in general and in particular to the literature on return immigration.’ Moshe Semyonov, Tel Aviv University, Israel and University of Illinois at Chicago USA ’This unique volume presents a comprehensive portrait of an understudied segment of the population of migrants worldwide - those who return to their ancestral country, sometimes after several generations. Impressive in its scope and depth, the project described in this volume ranks among the most important studies of migrant adaptation conducted in recent decades.’ Andrew J. Fuligni, University of California, Los Angeles, USA ’This is the first book to examine the acculturation and adaptation of migrants returning to their ancestral homeland. Drawing on core concepts and theories in acculturation research it examines the transitions of cultural groups settling into their new societies. Comparative and developmental perspectives provide an excellent framework for the research, and set the stage for further work on this important issue.’ John W. Berry, Professor Emeritus , Queen’s University, Canada