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A Diaspora Strategy for Canada? Enriching Debate through Heightening Awareness of International Practice. Project Paper Series No. 11-1

Boyle, Mark and Kitchin, Rob (2011) A Diaspora Strategy for Canada? Enriching Debate through Heightening Awareness of International Practice. Project Paper Series No. 11-1. Working Paper. Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Vancouver.

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Abstract

Over the past decade a growing number of countries have become interested in revisiting, refreshing and rebuilding relations with their overseas populations. A new field of public policy, referred to as diaspora strategy, has emerged. A diaspora strategy is an explicit policy initiative or series of policy initiatives enacted by a sending state, or its peoples, aimed at fortifying and developing relationships with expatriate communities, diasporic populations, and foreign constituencies who share a special affinity. Notwithstanding their obvious differences, many countries are seeing merit in sharing experiences and through joint ‘policy transfer’ workshops, seminars, publications, toolkit manuals, and conferences are participating in an important global dialogue on international best practice with respect to the design and implementation of diaspora strategies.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: The research project upon which this report is based was funded by the ICCS Understanding Canada Canadian Studies Faculty Research Program. Acknowledgements got to former Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Patrick Binns for supporting the work and to Maria O’Reilly from the Canadian Embassy in Dublin for guiding the application through the administrative process. Thanks are also accorded to Professor Patricia Wood (York University), Professor Audrey Kobayashi (Queens University), and Professor Lawrence Berg (University of British Columbia) for support in getting the project off the ground. Finally the authors are extremely grateful for the very valuable comments and advice provided by the Asia Pacific Foundation’s Kenny Zhang and Do Devoretz on an earlier draft of the report. Of course the final text remains the responsibility of the authors
Keywords: Diaspora Strategy; Canada; overseas populations; expatriate communities;
Subjects: Social Sciences > Geography
Social Sciences > NIRSA-National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis
Item ID: 2928
Depositing User: NIRSA Editor
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 15:37
Publisher: Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Refereed: Yes
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