Diaspora super-diversity

The main objective of work package 5 ‘Diaspora and superdiversity’ is to explore how the recent shifts in migration dynamics impact immigrant entrepreneurship. Since the late 1980s global patterns of migration have changed. These changes are reflected in the acceleration and growing complexity of migration flows, migrants travelling longer distances, more countries participating in multiple migration corridors and the diversification of categories of entry. These changes have 'radically transformed the social landscape of migrant-receiving countries' (Vertovec 2010: 83), where migrants come from an increasing multiplicity of origins, legal statuses, languages, and religions.

This work package will explore how these new forms of migration are contributing, developing and transforming the ethnic economy of the countries of destination from a global perspective. The partners involved in this WP5 are University of Birmingham (UK) (WP leader), Universidad Pompeu Fabra (Spain), Roskilde Universitet (Sweden), Princeton University (US), Yale University (US), Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Al-Akhawayn University, Ifrane (Morocco), and University of California (US). In cross-collaboration with these Diasporalink partners, WP5 will aim at:

-        Conceptualise the role of diaspora super-diversity and immigrant enterprise in the Global North and South

-        Provide a vehicle for sharing the findings from the studies carried out by the international partners involved in this WP

-        Share good practices for engagement activities with practitioners related to issues of diversity and migrant enterprise

-        Host secondments from colleagues at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) and Universite Al Akhawayn D'ifrane (Morocco).

-        Organisation of the DiasporaLink Mid-term Review Meeting at the University of Birmingham. This will be an excellent platform for knowledge exchange among the institutions part of the consortium.