n Journal of Somali Studies : Research on Somalia and the Greater Horn of African Countries - The Indian chapter in the global Somali diasporic narratives

Volume 3, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN : 2056-5674
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5682


It is common knowledge that huge Somali populations are scattered throughout the entire world and that there are more Somalis living outside of Somalia since the outbreak of the civil war in 1991, and the ensuing clan violence that subsequently led to the so-called 'state collapse.' It is estimated that millions of Somalis were forcibly displaced within Somalia, Africa, and to literally every other part of the world. But what is most heartening is how the Somalis have and are still struggling to establish themselves in host societies and coping with alien cultures in the diaspora, whether as immigrants, new citizens, or asylum seekers. Despite the fact that the process of (re)integration has been rather uneven and challenging, quite a few Somalis have been doing remarkably well in white-collar jobs, as entrepreneurs and/or as educated people, according to Ahmed Samatar and Lidwien Kapteijns (2008:v-vi). Among the displaced Somali diaspora, the situation of the refugees in the complex of camps in Kenya, known as Dadaab camps, and which is the largest and most protracted refugee situation in the world, has been the most distressing.

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