ISSUE #15

Empowering global diasporas in the digital era

Diasporas are agents with the capacity to create transnational connections to support their communities both in their countries of origin and in their countries of residence. Technology provides an invaluable tool to galvanize these diasporic efforts to tap into the unlimited potential of the digital space and collaboration. Through technology, diasporas have been at the forefront in developing transnational initiatives to alleviate the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. 

We are thrilled to present this special issue, a collaboration between iDiaspora and Routed Magazine. We would like to thank the authors for sharing their experiences and expertise; iDiaspora for this enriching and rewarding partnership, and for the initiative and unwavering commitment of Larisa Lara Guerrero, Transnational Communities and Digital Communications Officer at the IOM Headquarters in Geneva; and you, our readers. We wish you an inspiring reading!

You can also download this issue as a PDF publication, courtesy of iDiaspora.

Empowering global diasporas in the digital era is also available in Spanish and, for the first time, in French.

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Diaspora organisations and technology: The role of the Afghan-Dutch diaspora in fighting COVID-19

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Instagram: A new identity for the descendants of indentureship

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Twitter orientation and digitalised medical outreach of transnational Nigerian doctors to the homeland during COVID-19

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Innovative approaches in diaspora engagement: i-platform/i-dijaspora connecting the Bosnian and Herzegovinian diaspora

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Make home a better place through diaspora programmes: Engaging the Albanian diaspora during the pandemic

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The AEMRN diaspora: Bridging the digital divide and knowledge gap through innovative digital technologies

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Mobile women without mobile phones: Indian domestic workers in the Gulf

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French Asian youth online: constructing collective identity and fighting against racism

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INTIMAL: Relational listening that unknowingly prepared us for the COVID-19 pandemic

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Creating global currencies for sustainable development

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The role of technology in the enhancement of diasporic networks

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How Clubhouse connects the Ghanaian diaspora

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Central American News: The diaspora’s media that bridges Central America and abroad

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Diasporas’ transnational engagement through the use of mobile applications and online platforms to respond to the pandemic

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The experience of the Manzoul organisation in using digital technology to support the Syrian diaspora

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Bridging the gap in digital literacy for asylum seekers in Mexico

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Emigrating e-Services: Diasporic insta-advocacy and the Egyptian ID card renewal process

Nepali migrants’ use of social media during the pandemic

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Breaking diaspora engagement barriers through effective media communication

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Read more articles on diasporas and migrant communities here

The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) or Routed Magazine.

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