Imported conflict? Regime change in Sudan as a trigger for unity amongst Sudanese in Israel

Lisa Richlen

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Abstract

Transnational groups often organise politically to generate change in the homeland. This article examines political organising amongst the Sudanese asylum seeker diaspora in Israel. It compares the activities of a small group of activists who are members of branches of Sudanese political movements with activities which engaged the community at large in supporting regime change in Sudan in early 2019. Based on semi-structured interviews with 48 young males and attendance at five events, the findings reinforce the notion that diaspora politics is contentious, that a small group of individuals are actively engaged in on-going political activities and that diaspora politics constitutes a unified transnational space. Pointing to the pervasive influence of the homeland, it sheds light on the motivations of temporarily engaged activists while explicating factors that promote unity and cooperation around political issues. As such, it enhances understanding of factors that promote political mobilisation amongst the wider communities of marginalised asylum seekers and which help such communities to overcome political fractures.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • diaspora
  • Israel
  • political movements
  • refugees
  • Sudan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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