Refugees and home country politics

To what extent do refugees and asylum seekers in the UK maintain interest in the political situation ‘back home’? A great deal, if the impassioned contributions from the floor at a recent public debate on the state of the war in Colombia are anything to go by. But research on this question currently appears thin on the ground: a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies this year on the subject notably lacks any case study from the UK, and this working paper on the transnational political engagement by Colombian migrants in the UK and Spain appears to be an exception to this rule. ICAR’s ongoing research into refugee rights and responsibilities seeks to cover this issue amongst many others.

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