RESETTLERS AND MIGRANTS ON THE TWO SIDES
OF THE BULGARIAN-TURKISH BORDER:

Heritage, Identity, Intercultural Interactions

 

Български | Turkce

 

 

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  The achievement of the project goals will be based largely on observations made at fieldwork research. The specificity of the studied groups presupposes different types of fieldworks. The population, which for political reasons was forced to migrate from Edirne Thrace has been dispersed at an extensive territory and is quite incompact. Over the years, "Thrace Bulgarians" have preserved their community mainly with the help of local nongovernmental associations, united in the Union of Thrace Associations. The fieldworks of the project will include research among the Thrace associations from the border regions (Haskovo and Kărdjali), where there is a large group of resettlers from Turkey The team will carry out observations of cultural events and organizational forms of communal life, which legitimate the group in the public space.


  Another site for fieldwork research is Edirne – with its cultural "traces" from the presence of Bulgarian population (Bulgarian churches, an old Bulgarian school, etc.), and with the second group of migrants, the Bulgarian Turks – both resettlers and economic migrants.

 

  Other places of fieldwork research on the project are the town of Zavet, North-Eastern Bulgaria and the city of Istanbul. Though different in character – a rural local community and a mega polis – both settlements are connected as launching points for the transborder mobility of Bulgarian Turks from North-Eastern Bulgaria. The research in the two towns will focus on resettlers after 1989 and economic migrants in 1990s, who have settled in Istanbul, have returned after a shorter or longer period of immigration, and who often travel across the border.