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Global REM: Awa Abdi, "In Search of Citizenship, Security and Belonging: The Somali Diaspora in Comparative Perspective"

Date: 05/07/2014

Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: 308 Elmer L. Andersen Library

Cost: Free


Please join the Immigration History Research Center for a lecture by Awa Abdi, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota entitled, "In Search of Citizenship, Security and Belonging: The Somali Diaspora in Comparative Perspective."

This presentation examines Somali migration to the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and the United States. By comparing these three case studies, the study show how refugees and migrants develop distinct adaptive responses in each social context. It also underscores the local-global convergence of why people move across borders, rarely a simple matter of push and pull forces, but rather the complicated culmination of a search for citizenship, security and belonging. Within each diasporic destination, the socio-economic and political status of diverse populations remains key to the processes of settlement and integration, and to the sense of belonging, or lack thereof.

Global REM serves as a dynamic framework that brings interdisciplinary research centers, faculty, staff, and students across the university together around some of the most compelling questions regarding race, ethnicity, and migration.

Please feel free to bring a bag lunch.


  • Name: Immigration History Research Center
  • E-mail: ihrc@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-625-4800
  • Sponsored by: Immigration History Research Center, Immigration History Research Center Archives, Global REM, Global Studies

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Immigration History Research Center at 612-625-4800.

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