Otieno Ong’ayo, A. 2014. How can the EU and member states foster development through diaspora organisations? The case of Ghanaian diaspora organisations in the Netherlands. (ECDPM Discussion Paper 162). Maastricht: ECDPM.
Discussion Paper 162
Integration and participation ‘here’ significantly influence the ability of diaspora organisations to function ‘there’. This derives from diaspora’s dual affinity with and engagement in more than one homeland. Diaspora organisations provide diaspora communities with platforms for constructive engagement with host country institutions and participation in policy processes. Raising the visibility of diaspora participation and boosting its added value for host-country societies through policy and public debates would contribute to informed perceptions of migration. Diaspora organisations performing activities centring on enterprise and investment in the country of residence and the country of origin have the potential to address issues such as unemployment and burden on the welfare system.
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Antony Otieno Ong’ayo