Inter-generational transnationalism: The impact of refugee backgrounds on second generation

Alice Bloch, Shirin Hirsch

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This paper explores transnational activities among the UK born second generation from three refugee backgrounds: Tamils from Sri Lanka, Kurds from Turkey and Vietnamese. Drawing on qualitative interview data from 45 interviews, the paper explores the views and experiences of the second generation but also their reflections and interpretations of their parent’s histories and transnational activities. The paper takes a comparative and inter-generational approach. It compares transnationalism among second generation with that of the refugee generation and highlights generational differences. The intersections of refugee histories with transnationalism are brought to the forefront of the analysis and in so doing demonstrates the significance of refugee backgrounds on transnational practices.
Original languageEnglish
Article number30
Number of pages18
JournalComparative Migration Studies
Issue number1
Early online date29 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Community organisations
  • Intergenerational change
  • Political activities,
  • Refugees
  • Remittances
  • Second generation
  • Transnationalism


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