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International migration, transnational links and ethnic economy. The case of the Indostanic community in the Canary Islands

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Author(s): Ana María López Sala

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 78;
Start page: 97;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Indo-stanic | Canaries | diaspora | Spain | immigration | trade | business

ABSTRACT
The Sindhi diaspora is one of the most extensive and influential of Asian commercial diasporas. Its expansion commenced in the 15th century, but it grew significantly in the second half of the 19th century and in the middle of the 20th. The aim of this article is to describe the Sindhis’ settling and commercial activity on the Canary Islands one of the establishing points of the network and to produce a critical reflection of some of the alternative guidelines for economic integration in places where, as in this case, the territory is presented as a space of opportunities for achieving economic objectives. Such an analysis must consider the make-up and dynamic of this transnational network through which information, capital, goods and people circulate.
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