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Title:Diasporan West African Communities: The Kru in Freetown and Liverpool
Author:Frost, Diane
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic terms:Great Britain
Sierra Leone
labour migration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Urbanization and Migration
Labor and Employment
History and Exploration
Economics and Trade
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056240208704614
Abstract:This paper examines the experience of two transplanted communities of West African Kru migrants. Originally from Liberia, these labour migrants became involved in both internal African migration as well as external migration to Europe. The paper distinguishes the causes and mechanisms of migration within the broader development of British colonial activity in West Africa. Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Liverpool are examined in the context of these broader developments since they became two important centres in Kru diasporic settlement. The migration of Kru people to Freetown and Liverpool was important in reformulating and enhancing their own sense of identity. Economic opportunities became the raison d'Ítre for Kru migration and this manifests itself in terms of short-term transient migration to the permanent establishment of thriving diasporic communities. Sociopolitical and historical conditions provided the broader parameters within which these peoples became 'scattered' across the globe over the last two hundred years or more. The historical and economic connections between the two ports of Liverpool and Freetown, and the role of the Kru in British maritime trade here influenced patterns of settlement and the nature of community organization and development. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]