Living Across Worlds: Diaspora, Development and Transnational Engagement

Number of Pages: 
211 pages
ISBN: 
978-92-9068-404-6
Year: 
2007
Electronic copy only
Description: 

The research presented in this volume was directed by Nina Nyberg Sorensen and is based on case studies from around the world to examine how migration influences development. The studies reveal that it is seldom the simple act of migrating, but rather the conditions under which migration takes place that determine the developmental impact of migration. Rather than dwelling on normative discussions about whether migration should contribute to development, whether remittances should be put to more developmental uses, whether return should be promoted or whether development cooperation should engage in collaborative efforts with migrant and refugee diasporas, the chapters focus on the questions policymakers and practitioners should consider when making background analyses for such decisions.

Table of contents: 
  •     Foreword
  •     An Introduction
  •     Conceptualizing Diasporas: Remarks About the Latino and Caribbean Experience
  •     Mestizaje and Clothing: Interpreting Mexican-US Transnational Social Space
  •     Burundians in Belgium: Constructing, Performing and Contesting Diaspora
  •     Spaces of Democratic Practice: Nicaraguans in San José, Costa Rica
  •     Somali - Scandinavian A Dreaming: When "the" Diaspora” Returns to the Desert
  •     Revolving Returnees in Somaliland
  •     Transnational Family Life across the Atlantic:The Experience of Colombian and Dominican Migrants in Europe
  •     Adios Peru: Persistence and Variation in Peruvian Transnational Engagement
  •     Conclusion - Thoughts for Policymakers and Practitioners
  •     List of Contributors
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