Introduction to the special issue: Politics, policies and diplomacy of diaspora governance: New directions in theory and research

Bahar Baser Ozturk, Henio Hoyo

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Abstract

This special issue entitled “Politics, Policies and Diplomacy of Diaspora Governance: New Directions in Theory and Research” is a result of a workshop organised by Dr Bahar Baser (Coventry University, UK) and Dr Henio Hoyo (CIDE and UDEM, Mexico) at the Freud Museum on December 6, 2018, and funded by the British Academy / Newton Mobility Grant. Throughout the workshop, diaspora scholars from various fields explored diaspora politics and policies from a variety of perspectives with a special focus on home state policies towards mobilising diasporas. A central theme that has emerged throughout the discussions was the ascending importance of diasporas as non-state actors in international relations and the multifaceted relationships they form with their home and host states as well as other non-governmental organisations. The special issue contains case studies from different parts of the world, from Latin America to the Balkans, from Africa to the Middle East, revealing that there is a growing global trend of engaging diasporas to complex policy mechanisms at home and abroad.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalMigration Letters
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Dr Henio Hoyo (CIDE and UDEM, Mexico) at the Freud Museum on December 6, 2018, and funded by the British Academy / Newton Mobility Grant. Throughout the workshop, diaspora scholars from various fields explored diaspora politics and policies from a variety of perspectives with a special focus on home state policies towards mobilising diasporas. A central theme that has emerged throughout the discussions was the ascending importance of diasporas as non-state actors in international relations and the multifaceted relationships they form with their home and host states as well as other non-governmental organisations. The special issue contains case studies from different parts of the world, from Latin America to the Balkans, from Africa to the Middle East, revealing that there is a growing global trend of engaging diasporas to complex policy mechanisms at home and abroad.

Funding Information:
Directions in Theory and Research” is a result of a workshop organised by Dr Bahar Baser (Coventry University, UK) and Dr Henio Hoyo (CIDE and UDEM, Mexico) at the Freud Museum on 6 December 2018 and funded by the British Academy / Newton Mobility Grant (NMG2R2\100111). The grant was awarded to a project entitled “Scrutinising Home States and Diaspora Governance: A Comparative Perspective on Turkey and Mexico in Theory and Practice”, which aimed at comparing and contrasting Mexican and Turkish diaspora governance politics through a critical lens. This comparison also allowed the investigators of the project to push the boundaries in contemporary debates on state-led diaspora mobilisation and contribute to theorising such policies by drawing from a broader literature in international relations. The workshop was part of that effort; in other words, the investigators wanted to start a conversation revolving around diaspora governance but also open to floor to wider discussions surrounding the importance of diasporas in world politics. The organisers suggested that new directions in theory and research are needed and interactions among scholars who work on different case studies from different

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Copyright © 2020 MIGRATION LETTERS Transnational Press London

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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