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Transnational activities of immigrant organizations in the Netherlands: Do Ghanaian, Moroccan and Surinamese diaspora organizations enhance development?


  • Gery Nijenhuis

    (Utrecht University)

  • Annelies Zoomer

    (Utrecht University)


Globalization is commonly assumed to have important implications for development processes, including opportunities for poverty alleviation. Globalization connects people and places that are distant in space but linked in such ways that what happens in one place has direct bearing on the other (Giddens 1990, 64; also Harvey 1989). According to Appadurai (1996, 192), globalization creates landscapes of translocalities: Such localities create complex conditions for the production and reproduction of locality in which ties of marriage, work, business and leisure weave together various circulating populations, with kinds of locals to create neighbourhoods that belong in one sense to particular nation-states, but are from another point of view what might be called translocalities. In a globalizing world, local development is increasingly played out in a matrix of links that connect people and places with people and places elsewhere.

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  • Gery Nijenhuis & Annelies Zoomer, 2012. "Transnational activities of immigrant organizations in the Netherlands: Do Ghanaian, Moroccan and Surinamese diaspora organizations enhance development?," Working Papers 1414, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Migration and Development..
  • Handle: RePEc:pri:cmgdev:2012-05diaspora

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    1. Beauchemin, Cris & Schoumaker, Bruno, 2009. "Are Migrant Associations Actors in Local Development? A National Event-History Analysis in Rural Burkina Faso," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 37(12), pages 1897-1913, December.
    2. Jan Rath, 2009. "The Netherlands: A Reluctant Country Of Immigration," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 100(5), pages 674-681, December.
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    Netherlands; Ghana; Morocco; Suriname;
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    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration


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