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Type: Journal article
Title: Transnational networks and identifications of Australia's Diaspora in the USA
Author: McDougall, K.
Citation: Journal of Intercultural Studies, 2012; 33(1):39-52
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0725-6868
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Kelly L. Parker
Abstract: A contemporary global situation fuelling highly skilled, temporary and circular mobility and transnational migration experiences has led to increasing interest from origin countries in understanding emigration and diaspora. Little research about emigration and diaspora has been undertaken in high-income countries, therefore, there is limited data available to help understand these populations. Using data collected in an online survey of 1,581 Australians living in the USA, this paper explores the international mobility patterns and transnational networks and identifications kept by the Australian diaspora living in the USA. The Australian diaspora in the USA maintain transnational livelihoods with regular return visits to Australia, frequent long-distance communication and continued identification with Australia as ‘home’. These migrants also keep an open attitude towards future mobility; in the current global context, this is not restricted by distance. The paper concludes with the argument that the Australian diaspora should be seen as a distinct part of Australia’s population and a potential resource for Australia.
Keywords: Australian diaspora
Australian Emigration
transnational networks
Rights: © 2012 Taylor & Francis
DOI: 10.1080/07256868.2012.633314
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