“Emotions on the move: belonging, sense of place and feelings of identities among young Romanian immigrants in Spain”

Journal of Youth Studies (Impact Factor: 1.38). 01/2012; 15(2):207-223. DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2011.630996

ABSTRACT This article examines the experiences in terms of belonging and sense of place among young Romanian immigrants who came to Spain in search of opportunities for professional development. The research detects and analyses the process of mobility, the search for job opportunities and the necessity of working below one's level of training or education, which induces young people to re-construct a new and complex identity. By means of the qualitative method of in-depth interviews, the analysis highlights the role that emotions play in young peoples’ discourse while underscoring the ability of the interviewees in re-creating their identity and building a place even during the midst of a turbulent and insecure process. The conclusions signal the creation of a new and multiple identity which is complex and fluid and specific to persons on the move.

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