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Diaspora

A diaspora is a body of people that have been dispersed outside their homeland. Diaspora may also refer to the action of dispersing a body of people outside their homeland. When capitalized as in Diaspora, the word refers to the dispersion of Jews from their homeland after the Babylonian and Roman conquests or the Jewish people and Jewish communities existing outside of Palestine after the Babylonian and Roman conquests. The word diaspora comes from the Greek word diaspeirein, meaning to scatter, to disperse, the plural form is diasporas.


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Members of the academic diaspora are dependable ambassadors for universities in Africa in the face of the unstoppable onslaughts of economic globalisation and higher education internationalisation, argues Ibrahim Oanda Ogachi, programme officer for the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. (University World News)

When it comes to the relationship between Israel and Diaspora Jews, the question is more complicated: on one hand, there is a historical and religious connection, but on the other, there is a foreignness, which is derived from national, cultural and political differences. (The Jewish Business News)

In “Strolling,” Emeke is documenting the global black diaspora, from children of African immigrants in Paris and Rome, to black Americans in New York, to young natives of Kingston. (The New Yorker)

Indeed, the Indian diaspora is a strategic political asset not only for the countries where it has settled in, but also the homeland — it’s an asset that we have seen Prime Minister Modi exploiting. (The Hindu Business Line)

If members of the world’s black diasporas – like this young woman – are sensitive about the politics of black representation, it is because of genuine ongoing historical reasons. (The Independent)

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