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By Rainer Munz, Rainer Ohliger

This paintings adopts a comparative method of discover interrelations among phenomena which, to date, have hardly ever been tested and analysed jointly, particularly the dynamics of diaspora and minority formation in valuable and jap Europe at the one hand, and the diaspora migration at the different.

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Ethnic minorities in twentieth-century Central and Eastern Europe not only developed the potential for classification as inbetweens, but showed certain characteristics which increasingly allow us actually to cast them as such. In extreme cases they even played the role of intermediaries between two often competing and rival national sides. BEYOND DICHOTOMOUS PERCEPTIONS OF MINORITY EXISTENCE In the age of nation-states, ethnic and national minorities have more than once both caused and been the victims of political strife, seemingly unresolvable conflicts and violent persecutions (Boden 1993; Brunner 1996).

DIASPORAS AND ETHNIC MIGRANTS IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY EUROPE 13 Thus, their ethnicity is differently marked both symbolically and in everyday life. For ethnic migrants, ethnicity is the crucial resource and social capital to draw on if emigration to the ‘mother country’ is intended to be achieved. The gate of entry to the ‘homeland’ can only be opened and passed with the key of having or claiming the same ethnicity as the fellow countrymen in the ‘mother country’. Although ethnic migration differs distinctively from labour migration and most forms of forced migration, certain common features exist, namely the social and economic challenges of integration and the alienation from receiving societies, which are often very similar for all groups of immigrants.

THE PROLIFERATION OF NEW ETHNO-NATIONAL DIASPORAS Migrants who decide to form incipient diasporas experience multifaceted pressures that are generated and exerted by various groupings among the migrants themselves, by host governments and social forces in host countries (especially by competing ethnic groups and by rightist and nationalist elements in the dominant group) and by various social, political and religious forces in DIASPORAS TO MIGRANTS—MIGRANTS TO DIASPORAS 21 their homelands. Yet the number of incipient and permanent diasporas is constantly increasing.

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