New report on engaging diasporas in the Asia Pacific by IMI's Alan Gamlen
- 17 February 2011
The Asia:NZ foundation, a non-profit apolitical organisation dedicated to building New Zealand's links with Asia, has published key research by Alan Gamlen on engaging diasporas in order to cultivate closer ties to the region
'Diaspora communities can represent a huge asset for their origin countries', says the report.
'By fulfilling their responsibilities to citizens abroad and addressing their needs, governments of migrant-sending countries can mobilise their loyalties. And loyal diaspora groups can contribute a great deal to their homelands, as investors or investment catalysts, as beach-heads into new markets, as experts with connections to global centres of excellence, and as ambassadors willing to use their international influence on their homelands’ behalf. By the same token, through “building” a New Zealand diaspora in Asia, and engaging more strategically and coherently with diaspora groups already there, New Zealand can deepen its economic, political and social engagement with Asia.'