What is the project about?
This project investigates the role of the second generation, the children of migrants, in what one might call the global struggle for democracy. Authoritarianism is, alongside armed conflict, a key factor for forced migration, and non-democratic regimes increasingly seek to stifle dissent not only within but increasingly also across borders. Given the special position of the second generation –having roots in at least two countries–, this project aims to better understand how authoritarian regimes engage with or control their second generation diasporas, as well as the ways in which these youths either support or resist them.
The research team will map four authoritarian states’ strategies for engaging their young generation abroad by analyzing policy documents and conducting interviews. Subsequently, the research team will study the young generations’ motivations, opportunities and obstacles for either supporting or resisting the authoritarian regimes in their parents’ homelands.
- What strategies do repressive states employ to mobilize and/or control their second generation diasporas?
- What are the motives, opportunities and obstacles for second generation diasporas to mobilize in support of repressive government of their homeland?
- What are the motives, opportunities and obstacles for second generation diasporas to mobilize against repression in their respective homeland states?
The project is designed as a qualitative comparative case study of four authoritarian states in Africa and the Middle East with sizable diasporas. Whilst taking its point of departure in the Swedish context, the project identifies relevant groups, organizations and initiatives in Sweden, Europe and the world. The researchers will analyze policy documents and other documentation, as well as conduct interviews with relevant actors.
This is a collaborative project between the School of Global Studies (SGS), University of Gothenburg, and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg. SGS, which hosts the project, has a strong tradition of research on democratization, social movements and migration. A Center for Global Migration is placed at SGS and functions as a resource and hub for research and policy dialogue on migration in Gothenburg. The project’s three researchers have extensive experience of research on the project cases.
PublISHED ON 08 April 2020
UpDATED ON 09 April 2020