Making it Through: Pioneer Migration Pathways of Moldovans in Italy

This paper is intended to examine the pioneer Moldovan migration in Italy in the early 2000s and the role of networks in the perpetuation of a self‐sustaining migration system. Through narrative recollections of the incipient stage of the Moldovan migratory experience, this paper follows the transition from aspiring but unauthorized movers to regularized residents of the host country. Pioneer migration trajectories will be documented across three main stages: departure preparations, transborder journey and arrival in the destination country. Further on, the paper looks into the migrant agency and corresponding survival resources, which played a significant role the realisation of migration aims.