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The Ukrainian Diaspora

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The term diaspora refers to communities of people who share the same cultural or "home" background but live permanently in different countries throughout the world, who retain a form of their identity, and maintain a real and/or symbolic relationship with their "home" country. The diaspora-homeland relationship may also involve contacts with agencies in the places of diaspora settlement or other countries, with the purpose of influencing their policies or activities toward the homeland. This chapter presents a general historical and statistical picture of the Ukrainian diaspora and its organizational structure. As identity retention and relationship with the homeland are the two defining characteristics of a diaspora, most of what follows will then deal in some detail with these two aspects of the Ukrainian diaspora. The communities forming the Ukrainian Diaspora can be grouped under two large categories: The Eastern and the Western Diasporas.

Keywords: diaspora-homeland; Ukrainian Diaspora

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