Diasporas can play an important part in contemporary social processes, either via remittances, investment, skills transfer, diaspora philanthropy or political influence. Currently, many states establish diaspora ministries or sub-committees under existing institutions to connect with their diaspora and tap their resources for development in the homeland. This paper contributes to this literature on the diaspora-homeland nexus by focusing on the Iraqi Kurdish diaspora and returnees. The paper analyzes the intricacies of diaspora and returnee involvement in state-building in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq by discussing their capabilities and expectations as well as the tensions between the diaspora and the homeland.
Bibliographical noteThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethnopolitics on 22/11/18, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17449057.2018.1525167
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies
- Political Science and International Relations