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Adamson, Fiona, Dag, Veysi and Craven, Catherine R (2024) 'Multi-scalar and diasporic integration: Kurdish populations in Europe between state, diaspora and geopolitics.' Journal of Refugee Studies. (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

This article challenges both methodological nationalist and decolonial approaches to ‘integration’ by drawing attention to how transnational factors—including trans-state diaspora networks and geopolitical relations between European states and Kurdish ‘homelands’—have direct impacts on the integration trajectories of newly arrived Kurdish displaced populations in Europe. Based on over 200 interviews with Kurdish immigrants, including refugees and asylum seekers across seventeen sites in rural and urban regions in six European countries, our research suggests the need to move beyond local and national-level understandings of integration to one which is also transnational, diasporic, and multi-scalar, taking account of the enduring effects of homeland politics on integration determinants. Such a model of integration does not throw out the concept, but recognizes both the protective and empowering role that local and national policies can play in enabling refugee and diaspora populations to function autonomously in a broader transnational and global context.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 09516328
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feae027
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 19 May 2024 09:06
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/41925
Funders: European Union

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