Most of the earlier attempts to understand the causes, processes and consequences of migration were aimed at establishing a model that would be applicable to all forms of migration. That was at a time when travel and communication were less available and most migrants were expected to settle in the country to which they moved. Since then, the rates of migration have intensified, with greater numbers of migrants and refugees drawing from and moving to an ever-widening number of countries. At the same time, the globalization of production, distribution, exchange and evolution in technology and social networking have opened up societies in ways that were unimaginable before (Braziel and Mannur, 2003). As such, most people’s lives are bound up with the entanglements and consequences of dispersion at some level (Brah, 1996). Diasporic studies have had a considerable impact on understandings of migration. The concept of diaspora refers to the longing and mental fragmentation experiences of dispersion tend to evoke.
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