Three CREST-funded Thematic Reports have been published which examine political action among diaspora populations.
Migrant communities are increasingly recognised as critical actors in their countries of origin and destination, capable of influencing political action from abroad and determining the politics of conflict, conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction.
The academic literature on migrant political engagement is often framed around four overlapping social science concepts, diaspora, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism and translocalism – which are deployed to explain the processes associated with population movement and settlement, and the implications these have on collective and individual identity, community-creation, and to a lesser extent political engagement and political action.
This review of the academic literature focuses specifically on the contribution a conceptually-driven analysis can have in better understanding processes of mobility and political action across borders in the context of engagement that seeks to either support the use of violence to achieve political aims, or to reject it in favour of moderate politics, and under what conditions such political re-orientation might take place.
The theoretically-informed, literature- and evidence-grounded conclusions arising from these three thematic reports are therefore of relevance beyond the case of Sri Lanka.
Understanding Transnational Diaspora Politics: A Conceptual Discussion
Thematic Report One discussed how four analytical concepts, diaspora, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, and translocalism, have come to frame the academic discussion of overseas politics and the potential of these concepts to shed light on the relationship between mobility and political action.
Read, download and share this report here: 18-034 Thematic Report One
The Engagement of Refugees in Transnational Politics: Lessons from the Migration, Diaspora and Refugee Studies Literature
Thematic Report Two complements the previous report’s broad conceptual discussion by specifically focusing on an analysis of the context and drivers of political action among diaspora and refugee populations, and engaging with the term ‘refugee politics’. It considers if the available diaspora and migration literature sheds light on whether the processes and dynamics of forced migration are likely to generate identifiable forms of political engagement.
Read, download and share this report here: 18-035 Thematic Report Two
Asylum, Security and Extremism
The final third Thematic Report analyses the growing ‘securitisation’ of refugees and other forcibly displaced populations and calls for greater consideration of structural vulnerabilities in the forced migration and displacement cycle that increase the risk of radicalisation, extremism and related political behaviours.
Read, download and share this report here: 18-036 Thematic Report Three
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