New diaspora capital

Kingsley Aikins

According to the UN more than 244 million people now live outside the country they were born in, an increase of 41 per cent since 2000. A new geography has been created through migration: the state is defined by lines on a map, whereas the nation is a global concept.

The ‘soft-power’ of diasporas can be harvested into hard impacts.Photo credit: Fiona Shields.

Though diaspora is the product of migration, the two things are seen very differently.

Migration is emotionally charged and politically toxic.

 
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