Don’t call me Eastern European … Returnees Part V

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Today we publish the next section of this fascinating book by Zuzana Palovic,  The Great Return, Slovakia’s Lost Daughters and Sons Come Home. Zuzana is a Central Eastern European migration expert. Her book…

Her book tells the stories of people who went out into the world looking for wisdom and experience – but ultimately came back to the big little country of Slovakia as politicians, business people, writers and artists – and so many others who are becoming the intelligent bright and strong backbone of Slovakia’s future.


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You can also buy The Great Return, Slovakia’s Lost Daughters and Sons Come Home from:

Amazon USA

Amazon UK

As well as Slovak bookstores:

Martinus SK

Panta Rhei SK

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16 thoughts on “Don’t call me Eastern European … Returnees Part V

  1. Nino West Try visiting the Immigration police then…sure feels like Eastern Europe in there! Maybe the staff should read the book and get inspired like the author?

  2. Martin Sloboda you missed the point. it’s geography, culture, religion, etc. that makes slovakia central european. not the fact that we were “pulled” east against our will be the communists. by the way, communist ideas were not born in the east but in the west. the foreign police is a leftover of what we are trying to get rid of. anyway, i heard they moved elsewhere and it’s supposed to have improved although not ideal

  3. Achmed Kariem We had to go to the Police to get number plates for our car. We had to pay 66 Euro!!! In Germany we paid about 30 Euro for number plates, from a private company. Government does not create jobs

  4. Daniel Mark Martin Sloboda didn’t improve. Actually it got worse. I was there this week and went at 2am and was 20th person there. By 4am it had swelled to over 40 people.

  5. Boyan Boev I dont need to go to the immigration police. Im EU. It tooks me 45 min. To obtain ID card. I know many foreigners complain of slovak foreign police. Im really sorry :(((( its a Shengen state…. No comments

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    Daniel Mark
    Daniel Mark Boyan Boev so you haven’t been there in a while – or since they moved. All foreigners now wait in the same line regardless of if EU or non EU and if it is a new permit or a long term renewal or even an address change.

  7. Llano Montes from my point of view slovakia is eastern europe because of cultural facts.

    this cannot be assume as a less than central, german, northern, scandinavian, southern, mediterranean, western, french, or atlantic europe.

    if we look traditional slovak folklore what we find is that it’s based upon slavic culture; yes, maybe bratislava was not the most slavic city in slovakia but is bratislava part of traditional slovak culture?
    being from east europe has nothing bad, you have a really deep folk culture about being proud and others to learn about it.
    burocracy… well if in almost 30 years of capitalism and 20 of web slovakia didn’t reach to electronic citizenship is most a fact of how people participate in politics

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