Coercive Transnational Governance and Its Impact on the Settlement Process of Eritrean Refugees in Canada

Authors

  • Aaron Berhane George Brown College
  • Vappu Tyyskä Department of Sociology, Ryerson University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7202/1043065ar

Abstract

This article will examine the transnational practices of the Eritrean government, and their impact on the settlement of Eritrean refugees in Canada. The focus is on actions by the Eritrean regime that have a negative effect on refugees’ capacities for successful integration, and undermine Canadian sovereignty. The concept of coercive transnational governance (CTG) is introduced, to highlight this neglected aspect of refugee resettlement, with illustrations from 11 interviews, including eight Eritrean refugees, one Eritrean community activist, and two Canadian law enforcement officers, about the impact of CTG on Eritrean refugees’ lives.

Author Biographies

Aaron Berhane, George Brown College

Aaron Berhane is professor at George Brown College. The author may be contacted at aaron.berhane@georgebrown.ca.

Vappu Tyyskä, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University

Vappu Tyyskä is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University. The author may be contacted at vtyyska@ ryerson.ca.

 

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Published

2017-11-03

How to Cite

Berhane, A., & Tyyskä, V. (2017). Coercive Transnational Governance and Its Impact on the Settlement Process of Eritrean Refugees in Canada. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 33(2), 78–87. https://doi.org/10.7202/1043065ar