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Equity Lens: Word of the Week

diaspora: a scattered population whose ancestral homelands lie in a separate geographic locale

Historically, diaspora referred to Jews living outside of Palestine or modern Israel and to the mass dispersion of a population from its indigenous territories. Used to describe the forced displacement of certain peoples, diaspora also describes those who identify with a geographic location but do not reside in it. The top 5 countries with the highest of emigrants are India, Mexico, Russia, China, and Syria, but the countries with the biggest share of their native-born population living in the diaspora are Guyana, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Syria, and Jamaica. Kingsley Aikins shares how to develop strategies for harnessing the power and influence of their diasporas.

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