The Isolation of Chinese Migrants in Eastern Europe (东欧华人移民的隔离)

Survey Data from Bulgaria, Croatia, and Hungary (保加利亚、克罗地亚与匈牙利的调查研究)

In: Journal of Chinese Overseas
Amy H. Liu (刘佩伦) Department of Government University of Texas at Austin

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Eastern Europe has witnessed an influx of Chinese newcomers. Yet this region is often-overlooked by scholars of overseas Chinese. Similarly, the Chinese remain largely absent from European migration studies. In the work that has been done, the Chinese are often depicted as a community that keeps to itself. I examine this claim by highlighting the results of surveys conducted in Bulgaria, Croatia, and Hungary. These surveys, the largest ever done in each country, focus on three broad explanations for why the Chinese seem to be isolated, which I summarize as “need not, want not, and cannot.” The results identify significant differences between the three communities — but not because of want. Instead, the community in Hungary is the least isolated because it needs to interact with the locals; conversely, the community in Bulgaria is the most isolated because of the barriers its members face in the host country. This essay calls attention to the Chinese in European migration studies and to the region of Eastern Europe among overseas Chinese scholars.


This article is in English.

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