Are we ever going back?

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As we continue the journey of the Neo African Diaspora podcast, we reflect on a common mentality among neo-African diasporans where we assume that even though we have settled in the West as immigrants, we will eventually move back to Africa. While some people will eventually move back, signs are that majority of us will live more permanently in the West, more than we realize. Key aspects from the discussion include:

  • What drives the desire among African immigrants to want to move back to their country of origin?
  • What are the implications for harboring the assumption that you are only in the West temporarily and will eventually move back to Africa?
  • What does the reality look like? What are we observing among the older generation of African immigrants?
  • What are the barriers to eventually moving back to Africa?
  • What should we consider as neo African immigrants to prepare for a future where we may not move back to Africa as envisioned?

Call to Action:

  • Research is needed to track the degree to which African immigrants in Western countries end up moving back to their country of origin for retirement.
  • Visit our website (www.neoafricandiaspora.com/poll) to share your perspective on the issue of African immigrants assuming they will be moving back to Africa.

Credits:

Music by Hikari School of Music - https://www.facebook.com/HikariSchoolOfMusic/

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