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We are Good Citizens: Post-9/11 Diaspora Mobilization in the United States and Canada

We are Good Citizens: Post-9/11 Diaspora Mobilization in the United States and Canada


Since September 11, 2001, immigrant communities in North America and Western Europe have come under increasing scrutiny. In both Canada and the United States, concern has been expressed that terrorist groups have benefited from the relative openness of borders and multicultural systems of integration. Security cooperation between the two countries has been extensive, including legislation to combat the financing of terrorist groups, tight monitoring of charity organizations and immigrant communities, and detention of suspected terrorists. All of these actions have had a direct impact on the lives of American and Canadian citizens, permanent residents and new immigrants. At the same time, counterterrorism measures have generated heated debate in both countries. In Canada, for example, the US-sponsored rendition of Canadian citizen, Maher Arar, has led to the formation of the Arar Commission, which is mandated to recommend a review mechanism for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In this context, understanding changing interactions between state authorities and immigration communities assumes critical importance. This paper will investigate the impact of the post 9/11 security environment on diaspora groups in the United States and Canada. Using social movement theory, the study will undertake a comparative exploration of how Middle Eastern and South Asian groups have mobilized in response to counterterrorism measures. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the variations in the extent and nature of group mobilization in the two countries. The paper will conclude with insights on the implication of these variations (or similarities) on bilateral security cooperation.

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Biswas, Bidisha. 2007. "We are Good Citizens: Post-9/11 Diaspora Mobilization in the United States and Canada." Presented at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago. http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/1/8/0/6...

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Bidisha Biswas
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