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Malagasy Diaspora: A Few References

In Economics, French, Immigration/Emigration, Society on October 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm

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A pertinent analysis by Dr. Jacques Barou, French ethnologist and Researcher, on the “social experience and identity” of  African migrants in France and United Kingdom, in relevance to “transnationalism and diaspora,” based on a 2008-2010 research.

vol. 28 – n°1 | 2012
Migrations, transnationalisme et diaspora : théorie et études de cas

http://www.mylinea.com/masombahiny/diaspora_malagasy/

A synopsis of Malagasy communities in the US, written by Rakotomalala, editor of the Francophone region for Global Voices:”The Malagasy community in North-America is (different) from the Malagasy community based in Europe,” being less “elitist” and “more easy going”.

This article does a quick analysis of the Malagasy population abroad, which is mostly in France and DOM-TOM region, particularly La Reunion Island, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy,Norway, and more recently in Canada and the USA, as well as on the African continent, main Africa. Of interest to the foreign reader, Madagascar, although often described as part of African Continent in terms of geopolitics, is more specifically one country of  the Indian Ocean Region. This identification applies not only to  trade and economics terms but also to origins and ancestry notions.  Often emigrated for political reasons, the Malagasy diaspora  is a community that is perfectly attuned to European values, says the article.

“Cette diaspora a son identité… Cette diaspora agit pour son pays… à travers son tissu associatif qui intervient en social, en humanitaire ou en développement… A travers ses attaches familiales… à travers ses investissements.”

“This diaspora has its own identity..It works for its country…thru social and humanitarian associations which tackle development issues…thru family links…via  investments.”

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