The history of Slovakia is a history of migration. For more than a century, Slovakia’s people have fled the heart of Europe in search of a better life. Today, young people continue to leave, triggering a nationwide debate about a ‘brain drain.’ Unlike in the past, however, they also return. Discover how 21st-century Slovakia is transforming, thanks to reverse migration, knowledge-transfer, and first-hand contact with the wider world. Slovakia’s lost daughters and sons have proved that return is not just a possibility, but also an opportunity.
The Great Return tells the stories of 59 Slovaks who left to live abroad, learned, and returned. Fifty-eight of these voices come from the fields of government, business, and society, and share their views on the transformation of a nation. The 59th voice is that of the author, Zuzana Palovič, who shares a personal tale of loss, lessons, and reconnection through a rite of passage shared by millions of people across the planet.