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“Samira Doesn’t Live Here Any More”: Somali-Swedes’ mobility as transnational practice
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2014 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, ISSN 1799-649X, E-ISSN 1799-649X, Vol. 4, no 3, 118-125 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores transnational experiences within a group of Somali- Swedes, particularly how parents’ transnational practices are transferred to their children and how a transnational social space, built on close relationships on a global scale, is constructed. The readiness to relocate between countries and the implications for the children is illuminated. The onward migration to Egypt is highlighted as an example. According to research on Somalis in diaspora, they explain their propensity to move by claiming to be nomads, but this article indicates that it is also about their desire for better opportunities in combination with the cultural and economic marginalisation experienced in the West.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 4, no 3, 118-125 p.
Keyword [en]
Somali-Swedish children, transnational generation, nomadic heritage, onward migration, Egypt
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Child and Youth Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108447DOI: 10.2478/njmr-2014-0014OAI: diva2:758282
Available from: 2014-10-26 Created: 2014-10-26 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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