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Diaspora economics: new perspectives

Amelie F. Constant (Centre for Population, Development and Labour Economics, UNU-MERIT at Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands and IZA, Bonn, Germany)
Klaus F. Zimmermann (Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 3 October 2016




The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new field and suggest a new research agenda.


Combine ethnicity, migration and international relations into a new thinking. Provide a typology of diaspora and a thorough evaluation of its role and the roles of the home and host countries.


Diaspora economics is more than a new word for migration economics. It opens a new strand to political economy. Diaspora is perceived to be a well-defined group of migrants and their offspring with a joined cultural identity and ongoing identification with the country or culture of origin. This implies the potential to undermine the nation-state. Diasporas can shape policies in the host countries.


Provide a new understanding of global human relations.



Constant, A.F. and Zimmermann, K.F. (2016), "Diaspora economics: new perspectives", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 37 No. 7, pp. 1110-1135.



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