Afghan-Australians: Diasporic tensions, homeland transformations and the “2014 syndrome”

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Abraham, Ibrahim and Busbridge, Rachel. (2014). Afghan-Australians: Diasporic tensions, homeland transformations and the “2014 syndrome”. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. 34(3), pp. 243 - 258. https://doi.org/10.1080/13602004.2014.946766
AuthorsAbraham, Ibrahim and Busbridge, Rachel
Abstract

With the withdrawal of NATO-led troops from Afghanistan pending in 2014, Afghanistan and its sizeable diaspora are facing an ambiguous new beginning. As in Afghanistan itself, the 35,000-strong Afghan community in Australia is negotiating what has been labelled the “2014 Syndrome”—a chronic state of anxiety about Afghanistan's future. Drawing on data from a series of dialogues and consultations held with Afghan-Australians of different ethnicities in Melbourne in 2012 and 2013, this article contextualizes and critically examines the tensions and shared concerns of the Afghan-Australian community in light of the impending withdrawal. Our study shows that the 2014 Syndrome has exacerbated existing tensions over “Afghan” identity in Australia, which has become intertwined with tensions over the status of Hazara asylum seekers and refugees arriving in Australia. Given the widely held belief amongst Afghan-Australians that the 2014 withdrawal will prompt increased flows of asylum seekers from Afghanistan to Australia, this study argues that tensions around identity frame quite different hopes for the future of Afghanistan and the future of the Afghan-Australian community after 2014.

Year2014
JournalJournal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Journal citation34 (3), pp. 243 - 258
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1360-2004
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13602004.2014.946766
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84905310135
Page range243 - 258
Research GroupSchool of Arts
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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