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By Nadje Al-Ali, Khalid Koser

This publication significantly evaluates the transnational groups method of modern foreign migration. It does so via a particular specialise in the connection among 'transnational groups' and 'home'. The that means of 'home' for foreign migrants is altering and evolving, as new globally-oriented identities are built. those matters are explored via a couple of vital subject matters: the that means of 'home' to transnational peoples, the results of remodeling those social areas and the way those were reworked.

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They enacted these positions intermittently by using Turkish, Aramaic or German. However, the links they made between themselves and others were not only about cultural difference; they were also about modalities of power in their social environment, such as religion, generation, class or gender. In theorizing intercultural mixing and diasporic or migratory identities, writers such as Clifford (1992, 1997), Gilroy (1993) or Hall (1995) have used the homophone roots/routes to describe two different negotiations of cultural identity.

In fact, emigration brought about another ‘home in crisis’, first because it almost drained the homeland of its life force and, second, because it confronted a moral universe with strangeness. To a certain extent many Syrian Christians reacted to their emigration in terms of living in besieged homes. Some of those who remained accused the ones who had left of having deserted them for the ‘good life’ in Europe, and also of having abandoned their religion and ‘proper’ moral conduct. The absence of the emigrants as actors sharing in the daily activities of life left Syrian Christians in Turkey and Germany 23 little hope of a brighter future for those who remained.

It is even difficult for my own family to understand. Maria was in tears when she said this. Home was a moral place, a reminder of undisputed religious and social relationships. Home equally emerged against another place, where she had spent the greater part of her life and which, in this context, stood for the quest for money. These dichotomies between ‘here’ versus ‘there’ were a common (and uniting) object of conversation between home-comers and home-dwellers. The shared understanding of the meaning of home was synonymous with an agreement about the meaning of what constitutes a good person.

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