Methods Of Engagement During Diaspora Literature And Political Rhetoric

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3. Methods of Engagement
Frequently in the diaspora literature, the “brain drain” resulting from a large diaspora is identified as having deleterious effects on sending states’ development and is suggested as a reason why a strong nation state – in the vein of Weberian democratic ideal – does not surface in sending states’ governments. This concern unveils two assumptions: one, the aforementioned “brains” that join a diaspora are crucial to building a stable, responsive nation-state and two, it is their physical presence within a sending state’s physical borders that brings such a strong state to fruition. Those advocating such fears clearly see a large, strong diaspora as a threat to developing a strong nation-state in the sending state. As mentioned in the introduction, this understanding exists in contrast to the basic assumption of this paper, but due to the prominence of this fear in diaspora literature and political rhetoric, this paper briefly discusses how this perceived impediment is harnessed positively to strengthen nation-states.
William Easterly and Nyarko provocatively argue that the “brain drain” and a strong diaspora actually create net benefits for the sending state and lead the sending state to efficiently use existing resources and opportunities. Rather than arguing on how “brain drain” makes a positive impact at the individual level, they examine how the collective of “brain drain” contributes positively to sending states. Easterly and Nyarko…

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