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Transnationalism: an overview

Migration A–Z


  1. Binod Khadria

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm543

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Khadria, B. 2013. Transnationalism: an overview. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


Transnationalism could be understood as a process which has brought cross-border ties of geographically mobile persons and collectives to the center-stage of international migration. Not only the destination countries of migrants and supra-national organizations and international development agencies, but even nation states and local governments of origin of migrants have also sought to co-opt and to establish ties with transnational agents. Variously called “migrants,” “diaspora,” or “transnational community,” these agents engage in sustained and continuous cross-border relationships on a personal, collective, and organizational level (Faist 2009). The global workforce among these transnational agents is, however, increasingly being divided in a binary of “knowledge workers” who become globalized and therefore transnational, and “service workers” who remain localized (Drucker 1993; Khadria 1999).


  • family;
  • globalization;
  • rights;
  • social justice;
  • transnationalism;
  • twentieth century;
  • twenty-first century