Date & Time: Wednesday 26 August 2015, 12:00 PM EST / 18:00 CET
Duration: Around 1 hour (45 minutes presentation, 15 minutes discussion).
The ‘Arab Spring’ in Tunisia and ongoing conflict in Syria have caused global waves — in terms of geopolitics, security and of course migration. As diasporas settle around the world, how do they develop and express a group ‘consciousness’? Going further, what factors enable or constrain engagement of diasporas in politically fragile and conflict settings?
In this webinar, held in partnership with the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA), migration expert Nora Jasmin Ragab will present the results of her research into diaspora engagement in the Middle East and North Africa. The seminar draws on previous work involving Syrian and Tunisian diaspora in Germany — work that explored how the events of the last few years have influenced group sentiment and driven diaspora engagement.
Amid the political upheaval, studies show how diaspora members contribute to the development of their countries of origin. In concrete terms, this engagement has ranged from promoting economic and knowledge transfer, to political lobbying in Germany, to sending humanitarian aid to the country of origin. Finally, the presentation will highlight different factors that enable or constrain engagement of diaspora groups in politically fragile and conflict settings. Please sign up for the webinar via the button below.
MIGRATION & DEVELOPMENT GROUP
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