Introduction African Migration: Understanding Trends and Traditions

Introduction African Migration: Understanding Trends and Traditions © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156921011X558583 African and Asian Studies 10 (2011) 7-13 brill.nl/aas A F R I C A N A N D A S I A N S T U D I E S Introduction African Migration: Understanding Trends and Traditions Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya Institute of Commonwealth Studies University of London, UK E-mail: shihan.desilva@sas.ac.uk Movement of people, within and across national borders is spurred by vari- ous factors. When these migrations are across continents, involving large dis- tances, they raise many more questions as to the impetus behind these actions. The literature and scholarship on African migration is overwhelmingly dominated by the Atlantic experience. This tends to obscure other African migrations. Whilst not undermining the significance of the transatlantic slave trade, it is also necessary to uncover African movement to other parts of the world. Within this context, we should not forget that free and forced migra- tion of Africans were simultaneous processes. Patterns of forced migrations indicate that Africans were generally demanded for particular tasks. These were coloured by the religious affilia- tions and trade ambitions of those who purchased slaves. Due to the hidden presence of Africans in Asia, researchers encounter http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png African and Asian Studies Brill

Introduction African Migration: Understanding Trends and Traditions

African and Asian Studies, Volume 10 (1): 7 – Jan 1, 2011

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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156921011X558583 African and Asian Studies 10 (2011) 7-13 brill.nl/aas A F R I C A N A N D A S I A N S T U D I E S Introduction African Migration: Understanding Trends and Traditions Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya Institute of Commonwealth Studies University of London, UK E-mail: shihan.desilva@sas.ac.uk Movement of people, within and across national borders is spurred by vari- ous factors. When these migrations are across continents, involving large dis- tances, they raise many more questions as to the impetus behind these actions. The literature and scholarship on African migration is overwhelmingly dominated by the Atlantic experience. This tends to obscure other African migrations. Whilst not undermining the significance of the transatlantic slave trade, it is also necessary to uncover African movement to other parts of the world. Within this context, we should not forget that free and forced migra- tion of Africans were simultaneous processes. Patterns of forced migrations indicate that Africans were generally demanded for particular tasks. These were coloured by the religious affilia- tions and trade ambitions of those who purchased slaves. Due to the hidden presence of Africans in Asia, researchers encounter

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