Diasporic homecomings to the Kurdistan region of Iraq : Pre- and post-return experiences shaping motivations to re-return

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Baser , B & Toivanen , M 2019 , ' Diasporic homecomings to the Kurdistan region of Iraq : Pre- and post-return experiences shaping motivations to re-return ' , Ethnicities , vol. 19 , no. 5 , pp. 901-924 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1468796818757265

Title: Diasporic homecomings to the Kurdistan region of Iraq : Pre- and post-return experiences shaping motivations to re-return
Author: Baser, Bahar; Toivanen, Mari
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science Subunit
Date: 2019-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 24
Belongs to series: Ethnicities
ISSN: 1468-7968
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/307609
Abstract: This article examines the dynamics of voluntary return migration to the Kurdistan region of Iraq in the post-Saddam period and provides a contextualised analysis of the returnees' experiences in a rapidly shifting geopolitical situation in Kurdistan. It specifically focuses on examining how diasporans' motivations to return, as well as their plans to re-return, are shaped in relation to their experiences in host societies and in the 'homeland'. Drawing from qualitative interviews, it shows that Kurdish diasporans' return can be characterised as 'diasporic homecoming' as it is motivated by the desire to contribute to the economic and political development of the Kurdistan region of Iraq. However, the mismatch between expectations and 'homeland' realities combined with positive experiences and social capital accumulated in the host country makes plans for re-return more foreseeable and less risky.
Subject: Return
re-return
diaspora
Kurdish
Iraq
homecoming
motivations
MIGRATION
TRANSNATIONALISM
MIGRANTS
IDENTIFICATION
REMITTANCES
INTEGRATION
AMERICANS
KURDS
5200 Other social sciences
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