Scholars have distinguished between different kinds of diaspora, based on its causes such as imperialism, trade or labor migrations, or by the kind of social coherence within the diaspora community and its ties to the ancestral lands. Some diaspora communities maintain strong political ties with their homeland. Other qualities that may be typical of many diasporas are thoughts of return, relationships with other communities in the diaspora, and lack of full integration into the host country.
Bati knows that diasporas are now connected instantaneously, continuously, dynamically and intimately to their communities of origin. As diaspora communities grow, their networks expand and intertwine, linking the world together with no other social networks offering the same global reach or commercial opportunity.
Two Steps At A Time
Diaspora means “to scatter” in Greek, but today we use the term to describe a community of people who live outside their shared country of origin or ancestry but maintain active connections with it, like Bati does. A diaspora includes both emigrants and their descendants. While some people lose their attachment to their ancestral homeland, others maintain a strong connection to a place which their ancestors may have left generations ago.
Diaspora communities make vital but often unrecognized contributions to the progress of their countries of heritage. They share goals with governments, businesses and NGOs in various impactful forms and also take action.
The United States has the largest number of global diasporas members of any country in the world; more than 62 million people are first or second generation immigrants. The diplomatic and developmental potential influence of diasporas is tremendous.
More than 3 percent of the world’s population now lives outside of the country that they were born in. If diaspora made up a single nation, they would be the 5th largest in the world and that's an opportunity in itself.
Bati has formed part of the Guatemalan Diaspora community in the United States his entire life and he completely respects and comprehends others in similar scenarios. He continually pushes himself to weave his worlds together and he supports others interested in the same.