Of hubs and hinterlands: Cyprus as a space of overlapping disaporas

Teerling, Janine and King, Russell (2012) Of hubs and hinterlands: Cyprus as a space of overlapping disaporas. Island Studies Journal, 7 (1). pp. 19-48. ISSN 1715–2593

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This paper uses the metaphor of diasporic hubs and hinterlands to document and analyse the various diasporic formations that overlap and encounter each other on the divided island of Cyprus. After a review of the various ways that islands interface with migration processes and some essential historical and statistical background on Cyprus and its population, the paper considers a number of migrations/diasporas that are based on or affect the
island. They include the emigration from the diasporic hub of Cyprus during the 1950s-1970s; return migration, both of the original emigrants and their descendants; the British military/colonial settlement of Cyprus; retirees and ‘lifestyle migrants’; and various categories of recent immigrants, for whom Cyprus is a diasporic hinterland. We draw both similarities and differences between migratory dynamics in the northern, Turkish Cypriot part of the island and the southern, Greek Cypriot part. In the final part of the paper we describe recent fieldwork on various spaces of inter-diasporic encounter in Cyprus.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Cyprus; diaspora; inter-migrant encounter; migration; partition; return migration.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonisation. Emigration and immigration. International migration > JV6001 Emigration and immigration. International migration
Depositing User: Jayne Paulin
Date Deposited: 19 May 2015 14:11
Last Modified: 19 May 2015 14:11
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/54092
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