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“Samira Doesn’t Live Here Any More”: Somali-Swedes’ mobility as transnational practice

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Gunnel Mohme

Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University, SE
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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.
How to Cite: Mohme, G., 2014. “Samira Doesn’t Live Here Any More”: Somali-Swedes’ mobility as transnational practice. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 4(3), pp.118–125. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2478/njmr-2014-0014
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Published on 01 Sep 2014.
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