The Contexts of Diaspora Citizenship

Somali Communities in Finland and the United States

  • Päivi Armila
  • Marko Kananen
  • Yasemin Kontkanen

Part of the International Perspectives on Migration book series (IPMI, volume 17)

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About this book


This book explores the social participation, identification and transnational practices of Somalis living in Finland and the United States. Through a multifaceted collection of chapters which are based on data ranging from legislation and policy documents to welfare indicators and interviews, this book explores how Somali migrants experience and explore their identities and belongings, and how they strive for participation as (diaspora) citizens of their sending and receiving societies. The case studies are conducted in two countries that differ greatly in terms of their social system, migration history and integration policies and as such they provide an opportunity to explore how different social, political and legal orders influence the life-courses and wellbeing of migrant populations. Furthermore, the book highlights how the fate of the Somalis as a global diaspora is routinely intertwined with the changes in the global political climate and the state-level political processes reflecting it. This book will be of great interest to researchers, students and lecturers of migration and diaspora, as well as individuals working with (Somali) migrants.


Somali migrants migration and integration citizenship homeland sending and receiving countries diaspora populations social participation

Editors and affiliations

  • Päivi Armila
    • 1
  • Marko Kananen
    • 2
  • Yasemin Kontkanen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland
  2. 2.Juvenia – Youth Research and Development CentreSouth-Eastern Finland University of Applied SciencesMikkeliFinland
  3. 3.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-94489-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-94490-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-9805
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9813
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