The article Diaspora organisations and technology: The role of the Afghan-Dutch diaspora in fighting COVID-19 written by Ali Ahmad Safi (Danube University Krems) was recently published in Routed Magazine.
Transnationalism has evolved with the advancement of new technologies, which has facilitated cross-border activities of diasporas in general, but particularly in times of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Diaspora organisations play a vital role in connecting countries of settlement and origin and in understanding the dynamics of migration. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, virtual internet platforms have created enormous opportunities for diaspora to extensively engage with countries of origin by sharing the latest knowledge on COVID-19 and starting dialogues. Migration scholars, policymakers, researchers and media have mainly focused on the financial contribution of diaspora and diasporic organisations. But like any other social infrastructure, Afghan diaspora organisations also extend social, cultural, political and developmental support to Afghanistan.
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Ali Ahmad Safi, MA