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vol 22. n°57 | 2024
Diasporas, States and Economic Development in the English-speaking World: Opportunities and Threats

Diasporas, États et développement économique dans le monde anglophone : opportunités et risques
Edited by Ondine Aza, Anne Groutel and Caixia Tan
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Diasporas were, until relatively recently, generally viewed with suspicion by hostlands which tend to promote the notion of “nation state” and thus a certain uniformity. However, the image of diasporas has improved dramatically in recent years, and they are now widely acknowledged to contribute to the economic well-being of their hostland as well as their homeland. As a result, States are becoming increasingly aware that their diasporas may represent a valuable resource. Many of them have drawn up policies to convince their diasporas to contribute to their economic development. Nevertheless, some countries may find that reaching out to their diasporas is a double-edged strategy. Indeed, the members of a diaspora may play a powerful role in both economic and political spheres which can put the homeland authorities under pressure. The sample of English-speaking diasporas that are dealt with in this issue gives insight into the great diversity of their ethnic origins, their unique stories and the type of relationship they entertain with the state authorities of their homelands.

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