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Unpacking the black box of transnational migrant mobilisation: Motives and host state opportunity structures as determinants for mobilisation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Why do some conflict-generated migrants mobilise for an insurgency in the home state, while others do not? Building upon exploratory qualitative research, I argue that when motivations to support violent action are present, and the ideational and institutional components of the host state opportunity structure align, migrant mobilisation for an insurgency in the home state becomes more likely. This thesis is a theory-building piece, employing structured focused comparison of the cases of Rohingya in Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh, complemented with in-depth semi-structured interviewing. The main finding of this study is that although motivations play a vital role in explaining mobilisation, the host state opportunity structures enable or restrict migrants’ mobilisation potential, which in turn explains the variation in migrant mobilisation for an insurgency in the home state. Moreover, the empirical evidence shows that migrants’ motivations to engage in home state conflict are shaped by and channelled through the host state opportunity structures, which additionally interact with home state oppression. Finally, the findings illustrate that far-flung migrants can become actively engaged in instigating an insurgency in the home state, and engage in simultaneously processes of transnational and grassroots mobilisation. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 72 p.
Keyword [en]
Conflict-generated migrants, transnational insurgency, motivations, host state opportunity structures
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-325309OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-325309DiVA: diva2:1114171
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Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
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Available from: 2017-06-22 Created: 2017-06-22 Last updated: 2017-06-22Bibliographically approved

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