Forced Displacement and Diaspora Cooperation among Cypriot Maronites and Bosnian Serbs

  • Neophytos Loizides
  • Djordje Stefanovic
  • Danae Elston-Alphas
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


This chapter focuses on the interplay between diaspora mobilisation and return home in the aftermath of forced displacement. It investigates the conditions under which diaspora mobilisation can contribute to voluntary peaceful return. Drawing on the experiences of Bosnian Serbs and Cypriot Maronite returnees since the 1993–1995 and 1974 wars respectively, it examines two counter-intuitive attempts at partial reversal of forced displacement. This chapter also sheds light on the local and global networks of cooperation generated by diasporas in exile to advocate and sustain return home, focusing specifically on the importance of trust, exchange, and social capital as manifested in these groups. The chapter demonstrates that community effort resolves coordination and commitment problems, even under conditions of intercommunal fear, mistrust, and economic insecurity.


Forced displacement Diaspora social capital Agents of cooperation Bosnia Herzegovina Cyprus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neophytos Loizides
    • 1
  • Djordje Stefanovic
    • 2
  • Danae Elston-Alphas
    • 1
  1. 1.KentUK
  2. 2.HalifaxCanada

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