Unpacking Young Migrants' Collective Identities: The Case of Ethnonational Identifications and Belonging

Eugenia Katartzi

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Based on a qualitative study of youth identities in Greece, the paper unpacks the dynamic processes of ethnonational (dis)identification and belonging that Albanian young migrants are implicated in. Analysis of in-depth interviews illustrates how racism, coupled with their lack of citizenship, affects their (dis)identifications. Additionally, categorisation is reported to crucially mediate their belonging, giving rise to a double-edged sense of otherness and alienation. The paper concludes by putting forward a conceptualisation of young migrants’ collective identities as involving the emotive dialectic of (dis)identification, categorisation and belonging, along with negotiation of boundaries and acceptance by ‘others’ in both home and settlement societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-462
Number of pages11
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number6
Early online date28 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes


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