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Project Aims


Transnational Diaspora Mobilization in Europe and its Impact on Political Processes in
the Balkans, the Caucasus, and the Middle East

Financed by the European Research Council (ERC)/ ERC Starting Grant

This innovative multi-methods political science study investigates the transnational mobilization of conflict-generated diasporas in Europe and their impact on polities experiencing contested sovereignty in three conflict-prone regions in the European neighborhood: the Balkans, the Caucasus, and the Middle East. 



The project is comprised of four ERC team members who aspire to answer an overarching question: Does the mobilization of conflict-generated diasporas in liberal states have a mitigating or exacerbating effect on political conflict in homelands experiencing contested sovereignty? The overall project, which started in February 2012 and will be completed in January 2017, focuses on five levels of analysis:

  1. the attitudes of elite and non-elite individuals,
  2. characteristics of specific groups,
  3. five nation-states with different migrant incorporation regimes (France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK),
  4. diaspora linkages to supranational EU and global institutions,
  5. diaspora mobilization patterns specific to each of the three conflict-prone regions.

Complementing the results of the comparative studies, the project will also conduct a cross-country representative survey to capture attitudes of non-elite individuals in 25 country-groups.

Survey and Quantitative Analysis

Building on the findings from the qualitative sub-projects, a 25-country-group survey will be conducted during the third year. The survey aims to understand cross-country and intra-country variation of individual diaspora members’ attitudes towards their original homelands, as well as how diaspora embeddedness in a certain country in Europe affects these attitudes. Multi-level hierarchical modelling will be applied to analyse the results.

Summary of Mid-Term Scientific Achievements

The European Commission has published a summary of the mid-term scientific report. More information can be obtained here.

Contact Us

Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty (DcS)
University of Warwick
Department of Politics and International Studies
Social Sciences Building
Coventry CV4 7AL
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 24632
Email: info.diasporacontest[at]