Migration and integration are almost daily subjects of a sociopolitical discourse. Especially the debate concerning integration leads to public controversies. In the view of the public, integration is still considered being a part of a migrants duties instead of being understood as a reciprocal process between migrants and their host society. This thesis examines the individual process of integration of two women from former Jugoslavia in Graz, using qualitative methods. The question guiding this study focuses on strategies of appropriation, used by the two women. Their life takes place in an transnational space to which the geographical borders of former Jugoslavia and Austria do not apply. Therefore it is imperative to take the socialist ideology of Jugoslavia into consideration. My findings indicate that identity has to be seen as a fluid concept, which underlies constant changes due to different identity projects and their evaluation. The relationship to the former homeland and the handling of feelings like homesickness can act as a compensating function and aid the appropriation of Graz as their habitat. As main strategies of empowerment, language and the process of its acquisition, as well as gainful employment, became the focus of this analysis. The objective of this thesis, was to assure an understanding of the two women?s habitats, in respect of their process of integration, through qualitative research. It turned out that, the process of appropriation, requires a set of different strategies, which is influenced by their socialist past as well as current challenges. Based on my insights, quantitative research methods as well as universal theories are not best equipped to deal with the complex process of integration, therefore reinforcing the necessity of our field of study and its true-to-life approach.