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Drawing on research carried out as part of the Oxford Diasporas Programme, this paper examines the phenomenon of statelessness and political belonging in a world of unequal nation-states and citizenship regimes.

A new working paper by Barzoo Eliassi investigates the phenomenon of statelessness and political belonging in a world of unequal nation-states and citizenship regimes. Combining theoretical investigation of statelessness and citizenship with empirical field research on the subjective experiences of the phenomena among the Kurds, this paper uses the narratives of Kurdish migrants in Sweden and the UK to analyze how national consciousness emerges in the absence of a nation-state, and also the role of the nation-state in shaping discourses about statelessness and political belonging outside of the ‘original’ homelands.

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Find out more about (Re)Conceptualising stateless diasporas in the EU, part of the Oxford Diasporas Programme