Engaging Diasporas in Development and State-building:: The Role of the Kurdish Diaspora and Returnees in Rebuilding Kurdistan Region of Iraq

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Abstract

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.
LanguageEnglish
Pages76-91
Number of pages16
JournalEthnopolitics
Volume18
Issue number1
Early online date22 Nov 2018
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

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diaspora
Iraq
Homelands
philanthropy
Rebuilding
Diaspora
State-building
political influence
social process
ministry

Bibliographical note

This 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

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