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Working for a solution through Europe: Kurdish political lobbying in Germany: Eva Østergaard-Nielsen

Migrant or refugees’ political engagement in the place that they perceive to be their original homeland is not a new phenomenon, but recent decades have witnessed an increased proliferation of such activity. Migrants, refugees and their descendants mobilize order to bring about change – or maintain status quo – in the homeland. To this end a variety of strategies are employed. Some movements seek to change things at home directly by providing economic or even military support. Others work indirectly through the political institutions of their host countries in the hope that they put pressure on political actors in the homeland. This chapter mainly focuses on such diaspora political strategies and activities and how they are shaped and mediated by relevant state institutions and government priorities.