Spaces of Refugee Flight in the Eastern Mediterranean
Edited by Natalia Ribas-Mateos
Chapter 2: The role of diasporas, migrants and exiles in the Arab revolutions and political transitions
The so-called Arab revolutions caused a real shockwave amongst migrant and diasporic populations, rekindling their interest in the home countries’ politics and triggering unprecedented forms of political engagement abroad. This chapter takes historical and critical distance to assess the novelty of such forms of mobilisation. It first places them in the context of existing activist legacies against the background of which it then identifies two original features: the more inclusive character of the sudden, albeit temporary, solidarity movements and the new scale and directions of mobilities, be they attempts at returning to the countries of origin or intra-Arab migration movements.
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