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Elusive JannahThe Somali Diaspora and a Borderless Muslim Identity$
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Cawo M. Abdi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816697380

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816697380.001.0001

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The Genesis of Contemporary Somali Migrations

The Genesis of Contemporary Somali Migrations

(p.31) 1 The Genesis of Contemporary Somali Migrations
Elusive Jannah

Cawo M. Abdi

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter One provides background analysis for understanding the emergence of the Somali diaspora around the world. It looks closely at the Somali civil war. This chapter also provides an overview of the postcolonial Somali regimes and the regional and international political dynamics that continue to shape the country’s ongoing crisis. It discusses how this crisis produced physical and material insecurity, forcing millions from their homes since the late 1980s, with hundreds of thousands crossing international borders in search of safe haven, which is viewed today as Western citizenship. It also details the role their former lives in refugee camps and urban areas in neighboring countries (primarily Kenya) play in their subsequent border crossings in search of social and economic security.

Keywords:   Somali diaspora, civil war, postcolonial, political dynamics, insecurity, Western citizenship, former lives, social security, economic security, border crossings

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