New Diasporas: The Mass Exodus, Dispersal and Regrouping of Migrant Communities

New Diasporas: The Mass Exodus, Dispersal and Regrouping of Migrant Communities

New Diasporas: The Mass Exodus, Dispersal and Regrouping of Migrant Communities

New Diasporas: The Mass Exodus, Dispersal and Regrouping of Migrant Communities

Synopsis

New Diasporas explores the growing pressures of international migration in the last quarter of the 20th century. Van Hear presents case studies of 10 new transnational communities, discussing their future and their role in the global economy.

Excerpt

My interest in the subject of this book-forced mass exodus of migrants and the making and unmaking of migrant communities-developed in a roundabout way. It was sparked by the expulsion of Ghanaians and other West African migrants from Nigeria in 1983, shortly after I completed my doctoral research in Ghana. I reported on the expulsion as a journalist. My interest grew when I worked in the mid-1980s for the Geneva-based Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues, when it became increasingly clear that here was a category of forced migrants not covered by the “refugee regime”, nor subject to much attention by researchers. My interest was rekindled when, during a visit to Ghana in 1987, I interviewed a small number of Ghanaian returnees who had experienced expulsion in the early 1980s.

Later, shortly after I took up a research position at the Refugee Studies Programme at the University of Oxford, the Gulf crisis erupted, generating large scale upheavals among migrant communities in the Middle East. I began research on the consequences of these upheavals, making a number of short research visits to Jordan and Yemen in 1990-92. Organizing a conference in Oxford in 1992 to mark 20 years since the expulsion of the Ugandan Asians provided the opportunity to look at a long-established community of migrant origin that had experienced forced exodus and dispersal. I then began to think about how such crises fit in the broader, global migration order,

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.