20 / 2004
Marina Lukšič-Hacin

The Returning of Slovenes from Argentina

The present contribution deals above all with analysing the situation within the population of Slovenes who after the year 1990 returned to Slovenia from Argentina. In the forefront are questions connected with principal goals and purpose of the research on returning and reintegration of Slovenes after their return from abroad. The research was focused on identifying and studying difficulties that individuals confront with when returning to Slovenia. The aims of the research were to detect (system) causes of those difficulties and to classify suggestions for solving or annulling them. Another field the research was focused on was a presentation of the immigrants’ perception of the attitude of the Slovene state towards returnees and their descendants. The intention was to elaborate suggestions for preparing an appropriate model of reintegration policy of the state of Slovenia in relation to Slovenes across the world who are returning home, and their descendants (immigrants).

The goals of the research present a red thread of the contribution, which is divided into problem fields that follow the very process of transmigration as experienced by our collocutors. Thus, we first meet with an analysis of circumstances during the move; follow other fields as arranging documentation, residential problematic, employment, education, social contacts and quality of life. In the end, the contribution acquaints us with solutions as seen by our collocutors. The contribution concludes with a final statement that for conducting active policy in the field of returnship it is in the first place necessary politicians publicly declare and decide the returning of Slovenes from abroad is in the interest of the state. A grounded standpoint is expected on why the returning of citizens home or obviating intensive emigration (for example brain drain) is in the interest of this state. Only such positions would enable the formation of active policy and system adjustment.