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A new article 'Ugandans in Britain Making ‘New’ Homes: Transnationalism, Place and Identity within Narratives of Integration' has been published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

This latest article by Naluwembe Binaisa addresses the integration of Ugandan migrants living in Britain. It is to be published in an upcoming special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies that focuses on the interactions between integration and transnationalism. It is now available for advance viewing at Taylor &Francis Online.


This article draws on substantial ethnographic data among Ugandans in Britain and Uganda. It takes a migrant-centred approach to its discussion to reflect the relationship between assumptions of integration and institutional, socio-cultural and socio-economic dimensions. This highlights colonial transnational practices that continue to inform migrants' everyday lives. The article shows how migrants' understanding of education as a vital component of social mobility and status is attributed to the legacy of British colonial administration. This means that, for Ugandans, the process of adaptation in the UK comes with a different set of connotations, as this heritage remains of key significance to migrants' expectations. Important dimensions to the interfaces between transnationalism and integration are shown to be labour-market participation and immigration status. Place and identity emerge as points of intersectionality where the negotiated nature of transnationalism and integration processes is revealed.

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