The Somali Migration: Diaspora Coming into Being



In an age of globalization, characterized by accessible transportation and rapid communication, the Somali diaspora has remained very intimately connected with the homeland (Hammond 2009). Focusing on the UK-based Somali diaspora, which is the second largest diaspora community in the world, this chapter sets out the migration experiences of the Somali diaspora and the transnational connection with their homeland. In this way, we understand the ways in which media users connect to different public spheres (Siapera 2010) and communities (Georgiou 2006), while sustaining particularistic, diverse and multiple trajectories (Massey 2005) within and across boundaries. The Somali diaspora is illustrative of how diaspora can be susceptible to the impact of an ongoing conflict. Remaining intimately connected to it can lead to the transportation and manifestation of conflict, effectively re-creating it.


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  1. 1.Department of Development StudiesSchool of Oriental and African StudiesLondonUK

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