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(E) Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies NEEDS YOU
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  07/20/2003 | Education | Unrated
(E) Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies NEEDS YOU

 

Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies NEEDS YOU

From: silva.meznaric@zg.tel.hr  (Silva Meznaric)
To: letters@croatianworld.net  (Nenad Bach)


Dear Mr Bach -

I am writing to you with a hope that you would find time to answer to a number of impertinent questions attached to this letter. The matter of fact is that my institution (Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies in Zagreb) is about to start a research concerning Croatian recent Diaspora in States, including various associations. The attached protocol is addressed to initiators and organizers of associations. It is my understanding that you are among the most prominent among them; therefore, we would appreciate very much if you could have a look at the attached protocol and answer the questions you would find relevant for your activities. Thanks in advance,

Srdacno

Dr Silva Meznaric
Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies
Radicev trg 3
Zagreb 10000
Tel 385 1 6111 563
fax 385 1 46 14 208
E-mail: silva.meznaric@zg.tel.hr 

Dear Crown subscribers and readers,

Please assist Dr. Silvia Meznaric and Dr. Sasa Bozic. My suggestion is to ask them directly to send a Croatian and English Questionnaire in MS Word and therefore you can fill it on your own computer and send it back via email.

If we do not participate and we do not share... we can not complain about it. PARTICIPATE !

best,

Nenad Bach

INSTITUTE FOR MIGRATION AND ETHNIC STUDIES, explorative questionnaire for the research:

Croatian Migrant Communities: Belonging and "Multiculturalism"

Project Leader:

Saša Božić, PhD,Research Fellow

Institut za migracije i narodnosti
Trg Stjepana Radića 3
HR-10000 Zagreb, Hrvatska

Tel. +385-1-611-1564
Faks: +385-1-611-9680
e-mail: sasabozic@inet.hr
                                                                      Questionnaire number:

In the Croatian social sciences the research of the activities of Croatian emigrants in the countries of immigration was neglected. Croatian migrant associations as institutionalised forms of national unity of the emigrants form the activity and identity of large number of Croatian migrants and their descendants. They influence the integration of migrants in the new societies, their attitude towards naturalisation, assimilation or remigration. They can influence the formation of new Croatian minorities in the countries of the EU as well as in other countries. The social, cultural and political differences between the migrant communities in Western Europe and overseas countries are neglected as well. In Croatian scientific and political public life many actors usually point to the activities of "Diaspora", "Croatian migrants", "Croatia abroad" however they haven't tried to treat the problem in a methodical, systematic manner. The influences on the Croatian migrant communities were not researched nor their influence on the society of immigration. Their influence on national, international and transnational flows and processes were not researched. This is why the Institute for migration and ethnic studies started the research which goals are:

1. To describe Croatian migrant communities within the context of  contemporary migration flows and multiculturalism.

2. To explore the statistical data about Croatian citizens and Croats in general, residing in the countries of Western Europe and overseas, estimate their number and spacial distribution.

3. To define structure and patterns of  communities’ organisation; how they develop, reproduce and imagine themselves.

4. To explore differences among them in receiving countries determined by  these countries’ different models of political belonging and to define and explain differences between Croatian communities related to time and mode of their emergence and distance from the country of origin.

Your help in the fulfilment of the goals of this research has almost the greatest value because you are an expert in this field who lives daily with problems and successes of your association, club, society. This is why we kindly ask you to take time for our questionnaire and to answer our questions and thus help Croatian social sciences as well as Croatian public to understand the activities of Croats in diaspora. Your anwers will be used for the scientific purposes only. Your answers will not be published under your name without your explicite verification.

(If the space next to the question isn't big enough for the answer, please use the empty right page.)

 

Beginnings of association, club, society

 

  1. What is the name of your association, club, society?

 

 

  1. In which town/city, province and state is your association, club, society situated?

 

  1. When was your association, club, society founded?

 

  1. How many founders did your association, club, society have?

 

 

  1. How old were the founders (if it is impossible to answer – to which generation did they belong /young, middle age, older/?)

 

  1. How many women were among them?

 

 

  1. How many second or third generation members were among them?

 

  1. If the founders of the association, club, society are the first generation immigrants – from which region of Croatia or Bosnia and Herzegovina do they come?

 

  1. What was the profession of the founders?

 

 

 

  1. How long already were the founders in the U.S.?

 

  1. What were the goals of the association, club, society?

 

 

 

  1. Did the founders have a statute or some other document? (If they had we would kindly ask you to send it to us.)

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Is the association, club, society officially registered? (If yes, which legal form does it have?)

 

 

  1. Which type of activities was most common in the association, club, society in its initial phases?

 

  1. With which other Croatian associations, clubs, societies (in the U.S.) did your association develop its relations in the beginning?

 

 

  1. Did your association, club, society have contacts with other Croatian associations, clubs, societies around the world at the beginning of its activities? (If yes with which associations, clubs etc.?)

 

  1. With which other (American or other migrant non-Croatian) associations, clubs, societies or other institutions in the U.S. did your association develop its relations in the beginning?

 

 

 

  1. Did your association, club or society have contact with associations or institutions in the homeland at the beginning of its activities? (If yes, with which associations, institutions?)

 

  1. Which changes were the most important since the foundation of your association, club, society? (in terms of change of the number of members, of the type of activities, of the relations towards other associations etc.)

 

 

 

  1. Which difficulties did your association, club, society have in the beginning?

 

 

Structure, organisation and activities of the association

 

  1. How many members does your association, club, society have today?

 

  1. How many female members does your association, club, society have? (in numbers or percentages)

 

  1. How old are the members in average? (If it is impossible to say – to which generation do they belong – younger, middle age, older, diverse generations)

 

  1. From which part of Croatia or Bosnia and Herzegovina do the members (or their parents, ancestors) of your association, club, society come?

 

  1. What are the members doing professionally? (in general, the majority)

 

  1. How many members of the second or the third generation of immigrants are there in your association, club, society? (in numbers or percentages – approximately)

 

  1. Which activities within your association, club or society would you describe as the most important?

 

  1. How often do the members of your association, club, society meet?

 

  1. How many members are usually present?

 

  1. Which administrating or governing bodies does your association, club, society have? (e.g. president, presidency, secretary etc.)

 

  1. Within which governing body are the decisions made that are important for the association, club, society?

 

  1. How are the activities of the association, club, society funded? What is the main source of financing? (membership fees, donations, professional services etc.)

 

  1. Is somebody employed by the association, club, society? If so, how many people are employed?

 

  1. How are the new members attracted to join your association, club, society?

 

  1. How did the present members of your association, club, society find out about the association, club, society?

 

  1. Which criteria must someone fulfil to be able to become a member of your association, club, society?

 

  1. Which main reasons for the joining of the association, club, society do the members usually mention?

 

  1. What are the most important goals of the association, club, society, today?

 

  1. Which activities of association, club, society are planned for the future?

 

  1. Is your association, club, society a member of a wider organisation that gathers Croatian associations, clubs etc.? If yes which one?

 

 

 

 

  1. With which other Croatian associations, clubs, societies in your town/city or region, does your association, club, society have contacts?

 

  1. Could you please describe these contacts? (How often, how many participants, what is the goal of these contacts etc.?)

 

  1. Could you please point out a few actions that were initiated by your association, club, society that you find particularly important?

 

  1. Could you please describe shortly the way in which activities were carried out?

 

  1. Could you please point out a few actions that were initiated by your association, club, society that weren’t a complete success?

 

  1. Why weren't they a complete success?

 

 

The relations with associations, clubs, societies of other diasporas and with the U.S. institutions

 

  1. Does your association, club, society have contacts with associations, clubs, societies of other diasporas? If yes, with which ones?

 

  1. What is the goal of cooperation with the associations, clubs, societies of other diasporas?

 

  1. How often do the members of your association, club, society meet the members of those other diaspora associations, clubs, societies?

 

  1. Do you have any problems with associations, clubs, societies of other diasporas? If so, what problems?

 

  1. With which U.S. institutions, does your association, club, society have most contacts?

 

  1. Could you please describe the contacts with the U.S. institutions? (goals, legal framework etc.)

 

  1. How do the most active members of your association, club, society evaluate American policies towards immigrants or ethnic groups (e.g. affirmative action etc.)? Why do they evaluate them in that way?<
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