On the basis of a fieldwork implemented in March and April 2007, notably through semi-structured interviews, the authors highlight the complex relationship to their country of origin among Kyrgyzstani migrants in Kazakhstan and Russia. They identify at least three paradoxes in their respondents’ answers: A majority would not hesitate to naturalise in their host country, yet believing that they will return to Kyrgyzstan; most express interest in their country’s politics, but they do not vote; most are less proud of their nationality than residents, but they take pride of contributing to their homeland by the sending of remittances ― all providing illustrations of multi-fold identities in the making.

The Redaction
CER: II-6.4.D-523