RESETTLERS AND MIGRANTS ON THE TWO SIDES
OF THE BULGARIAN-TURKISH BORDER:
Heritage, Identity, Intercultural Interactions
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.