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Geographica Helvetica
Geogr. Helv., 71, 331-340, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-331-2016
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29 Nov 2016
"We look similar and have the same geographical origin": translocal encounters of second-generation Eritreans with a new generation of refugees from Eritrea
Samuel Graf1 and Susan Thieme2 1Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
2Department of Earth Sciences, Free University Berlin, Malteserstr. 74–100, 12249 Berlin, Germany
Abstract. This article addresses the encounters of second-generation Eritreans with a new generation of refugees from Eritrea in Switzerland and identifies two main types of encounter: direct personal encounters and indirect in the public discourse. It suggests that the recently arrived Eritrean refugees present a new actor within the translocal social field with whom the second-generation Eritreans have to renegotiate their relation. We argue that these encounters frame the second-generation Eritreans' positionality within the translocal social field and influence their identity and their affiliation towards Eritrea and Eritreans. We find that encounters between second-generation Eritreans and new Eritrean arrivals are crucial moments through which second-generation Eritreans form their hybrid identity. Thus, the paper contributes to the debate on identity formation of the second generation by adopting a translocal perspective and provides insights into the diversity in the Eritrean diaspora in Switzerland.

Citation: Graf, S. and Thieme, S.: "We look similar and have the same geographical origin": translocal encounters of second-generation Eritreans with a new generation of refugees from Eritrea, Geogr. Helv., 71, 331-340, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-331-2016, 2016.
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The arrival of a new generation of Eritrean refugees has shaped the Eritrean diaspora in Switzerland. This paper reveals that encountering the new Eritrean refugees both personally and as a group present important moments in the process of identity formation of second-generation Eritreans. It provides insights into the diversity in the Eritrean diaspora in Switzerland and highlights the importance of encounters with new immigrants for the identity formation process of post-immigrant communities.
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