A new project on "Globalisation, Mobility and Migration", which is coordinated by Dr. Dieter Reinhardt and Prof. Dr. Hans Harder (Head of Department, Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, South Asia Institute), is conducted in cooperation with the "Verein zur Förderung der Bildung" (Salzwedel). The project is co-financed by Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Commission (2020-2022) and deals with the transnational identity networks and diaspora groups on the example of the Bangladeshi diaspora.
The global increase in migration is accompanied by new forms of self-organization by migrant groups and transnational identity networks. They are based on competing cultural, political and religious worldviews. Family and friendship structures, private financial transfers, continuous travel, associations and electronic communication techniques are constitutive elements of these self-organizations.
Using the example of the Bangladeshi diaspora groups in Germany and other European countries, the project analyzes the internal socio-cultural and political dynamics of these groups as well as their perception and assessment of socio-cultural and political developments in the respective host countries. On the other hand, the effects of state "integration policies" on these dynamics are examined. The project takes into account the specific migration experiences of diaspora groups that have existed for several decades, newly immigrated migrants with different professional qualifications and entrepreneurial activities, as well as of students and politically persecuted persons.