The role of host countries in diaspora-driven development: Canadian policy and practice

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Date created: 
2011-12-06
Identifier: 
etd6890
Keywords: 
Diaspora
Development
Immigration
Multiculturalism
Settlement
Migration
Canadian policy
Credentialism
Abstract: 

Current research on diaspora and development has two major gaps: 1) inquiry focuses primarily on the potential of remittances and investment and overlooks the broader impacts of diaspora-driven development; and 2) the diaspora-development nexus is often considered a dyadic relationship of diaspora and their ‘home’ countries and overlooks the role of developed ‘host’ nations. Diaspora-driven development occurs when transnational networks forged between their ‘host’ society and ‘home’ country/place of attachment, facilitate economic, knowledge, social, and political interchange. Becoming diasporic means acquiring the agency (the awareness, commitment, and attachments to a wider community) to engage in development beyond the maintenance of familial ties and transmission of remittances. This agency requires attainment of a certain level of settlement, success, and fluency (in education, employment, integration, etc) in the host society. Various aspects of Canadian policy in regard to diasporic potential to positively impact both home and host countries are discussed.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
James Busumtwi-Sam
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: School for International Studies
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.A.
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