A Foot in Each World: South Asian Diaspora Communities in the U.S. and their Interactions with their Homeland

As part of Global Diaspora Week 2014, the Organization for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI) New Delhi, in collaboration with the Diaspora Studies journal and with the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University organized a half-day panel discussion on South Asian diaspora communities in the United States and their economic, social, and political interactions in their countries and communities of origin.IMG_1306+-+Version+2-3Specifically, the program focused on the interlinkages between economic integration of communities in the host context, the United States, and their potential to contribute to causes and development in their communities of origin. The discussions also highlighted the role of public policies in the receiving and the sending context, as well as differences among regional groups, individual and collective actions, as well as the role of socio-economic status and gender of migrants.

Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Consul General of India in New York, and Ms. Nisha Agarwal, New York City Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs opened the event, which also featured distinguished experts from Columbia University, Delhi University, The New School, New York University, Princeton University, City University of New York, Rutgers University, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and United Nations Development Programme. For more information visit www.odi.in.