chapter  4
13 Pages

Emergent diaspora or immigrant communities?

Turkish immigrants in the Netherlands
ByHans van Amersfoort, Jeroen Doomernik

During the post-1945 period, the growth of the world’s population and the development of modern means of transportation and communication have resulted in unprecedented population mobility. This mobility raises the question of whether it is the numbers alone that have changed or whether the new media of transportation and communication are contributing to the formation of new types of immigrant communities. Instead of the ‘classical immigrant community’, which in due time shifted its orientation from the home to the host country, the modern immigrants remain oriented to the home culture, giving rise to ‘modern diasporas’.1