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Telling stories about diaspora is always challenging – the word itself suggests it’s spread between different countries, times, waves, people, issues. Therefore it’s important to understand the complexity of it and address each segment’s peculiarities.
This time we invite you to get acquainted with (re)migrants – people who departed after the 90s and have higher education – and the ways they “give back” to their home countries (social remittances).
Qualitative research conducted by a team of scholars in Lithuania, Poland, and Croatia, revealed returnees have a transformative impact on their private and public sphere, where they change the conservative thinking of their relatives, friends and colleagues by transferring democratic values and civic culture from the Western countries in terms of human rights and environment protection.
Social remittances are understood as knowledge, initiatives, values, attitudes, experiences, and social networks enacted by (re)migrants to be transmitted and implemented in their home/departure countries.
More insights from the research will be presented by:
● Dr. Vytis Čiubrinskas, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
● Dr. Ingrida Gečienė–Janulionė, Social Innovation Institute, Lithuania
● Dr. Laima Nevinskaitė, Social innovation Institute ,Lithuania
● Dr. Violetta Parutis, University of Essex, United Kingdom
A discussion moderated by Aušra Kukelkaitė, CEO of Global Lithuanian Leaders, will follow the presentations.
The project is carried out by Vytautas Magnus University and funded by the Research Council of Lithuania.
Project partners: Institute of Social Innovations and Global Lithuanian Leaders.