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Being here and there: Migrant communities in Sweden and the conflicts in the Horn of Africa
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre. Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, ISSN 1752-8631, Vol. 6, no 2, 174-188 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The largest migrant communities in Sweden come from Africa’s most troubled region, the Horn. These are the Somali and Ethiop-Eritrean communities. This paper examines the not-so-obvious ways in which Ethiop-Eritrean and Somali communities in Sweden influence the political developments, particularly the conflicts at ‘home’. Many of these immigrants living in Sweden keep up with social and political developments in their countries of origin almost on daily basis and remain engaged, to a large extent, in the affairs of both their families and communities ‘out there’ while they ‘are here in Sweden’. This article therefore focuses on the particular forms of engagement that have either intended or unintended impact on the intractable conflicts in which the societies in these countries are engaged. I argue that ‘nostalgia underpins the immigrants’ sense of commitment to the affairs of their countries of origin, and therefore, providing moral and material support to warring groups derives the impetus largely from the affective dimension of migration.

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2013. Vol. 6, no 2, 174-188 p.
Keyword [en]
Horn of Africa, diaspora, conflict, migration, affective dimension
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-208898DOI: 10.1080/17528631.2013.793136OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-208898DiVA: diva2:659318
Available from: 2013-10-25 Created: 2013-10-10 Last updated: 2013-11-22Bibliographically approved

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