ABSTRACT

This chapter turns to the experiences of return and mobility among young second-generation ‘returnees’. Our analysis here focuses on 16 young Albanian men and women who were born and raised in Italy or Greece and who relocated to Albania as teenagers or young adults, usually together with their parents. This chapter points to their return journey narratives, their (re)integration challenges, and post-return experiences and seeks to map out the mobility patterns (internal and international) before and after the return to Albania. A special focus is placed on their integration experiences in Greece and Italy, without neglecting the impact of the economic crisis in shaping their social space alongside their legal status/citizenship which enables them to navigate the uncharted waters of mobility and negotiate their journey of return or onward mobility or both.