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.