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Swedenas a gravitation center for the Kurds – diaspora formation and transnational relations
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2012 (English)In: Perspectives on Kurdistan’s Economy and Society in Transition / [ed] Almas Heshmati , Alan Dilani & Serwan M. J. Baban, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2012, 101-114 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter investigates the general social and political conditions of disporan Kurds in Sweden who have created considerable networks and organizations that function for them not only as a substantial means of integration in their residing society, but also as genuine transnational institutions that aim, in one way or another, to affect the politics of their former homelands. The formation and the development of the Kurdish diaspora in Sweden depends on two principal factors: the social and political composition of the Kurdish population in Sweden which shows an exceedingly diversified diaspora and the advantageous Swedish political climate which, promotes diasporic and transnational activities among the Kurds. Certain scholars regard Sweden as a center of gravity where the development of the Kurdish culture, Kurdish politics and generally speaking the Kurdish identity is considered as a response to those repressive policies that the dominant states have imposed on the Kurds throughout the years. In the regard, the diasporic and transnational activities among the Kurds in Sweden partly transfer the Kurdish nationalist movement to a transnational and de-territorial context.

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Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2012. 101-114 p.
, Politics and Economics of the Middle East
Keyword [en]
Kurdistan, Economy, Society, Diaspora
Keyword [sv]
Kurdistan, Ekonomi, Samhälle, Diaspora
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97288ISBN: 978-1-62257-934-1OAI: diva2:646036
Available from: 2013-09-06 Created: 2013-09-06 Last updated: 2013-09-12Bibliographically approved

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