The making of the Ghanaian diaspora in London: A population looking towards homeland and contributing politically in host country
Jamilla Hamidu-Yakubu (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux )
Paper short abstract:
This presentation seeks to examine how this community negotiates its positions as "brokers" in both worlds. What constitute this community in London? Which social category engages politically and economically in both host and homeland. Why do they engage transnationally in London?
Paper long abstract:
The UK has long been home to people of Ghanaian descent as early as the 1900s, through the presence of earlier Gold Coasters sojourning in the UK for the purses of education and commerce of some affluent Gold Coast families. London, however has been the bastion of Ghanaian community and one of the oldest settled African communities in the capital. In the early 1950s the community was heterogenous in its formation and blended into the general panorama of Black British community. In recent times, however, the sociological mapping of the Ghanaian diaspora is more stratified, organized and homogenous in its localization and as such, contributing to the community's integration process in the UK both politically and economically. This established and well-integrated community in London still maintains ties to their homeland, contributing transnationally to the development of Ghana both politically and economically by utilizing their resource capitals i.e. professional and economic capitals as "brokers" to serve both home and host countries respectively. This presentation seeks to examine how this community negotiates its positions as "brokers" in both worlds. What constitute this community in London? Which social category engages politically and economically in both host and homeland. Why do they engage transnationally, if they are well integrated in London? Through a recent Empirical evidence from a fieldwork conducted in London to ascertain which segment of the Ghanaian community engages in Politics in the UK during the Brexit referendum in 2016 and transnationally engages in the Ghanaian presidential election of 2016.