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This article analyses the usefulness of the concept of diaspora in the current context of migration studies. This concept allows for the understanding of the various logics of “integration”, such as the logic of the groups that constitute themselves in ethno-political communities based on a model of bicultural insertion, as is the case of Korean diaspora communities. It thus seeks to contribute to the debate arising from the work of various authors about the form and limits of the concept and to enrich it on the basis of the author’s research experience with Korean communities in various parts of the world. The paper defends that idea that the Korean communities that are product of the various waves of Korean migration can be analyzed as forming part of a diasporic process. It will also analyze the tensions between: 1) transformations in each local context, the economic and spatial concentration in urban districts (koreatown), 2) community practices aimed at maintaining the culture of origin, down through the generations and across time and 3) material and symbolic relations in the diasporic space with its multiple mobilities and re-emigration. It concludes with some reflections that suggest the value of continuing to contribute to migration studies.
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