Recipient Dr Luisa Gandolfo, Aberdeen University
Date 01 February, 2015
Amount £2064
Summary Since 2011, Libya has emerged from and re-entered civil war (2011, 2014) and has represented a zone of transition for approximately 90,000 refugees from sub-Saharan Africa, as well as 50,000 IDPs.1 While 1.8 million Libyans have migrated to Tunisia, others have relocated to Malta seeking stability. Drawing more than fifty-percent of its members from the Libyan diaspora, the Arab-Muslim community in Malta is growing and the dynamic between the existing community, the current flow of Libyan expatriates and wider Maltese society is evolving. Analysing the mechanisms through which the Libyan identity is sustained among first and second generation Libyan and Libyan-Maltese citizens, the study will determine the how the process of Othering is enacted and how far cultural outreach promotes social cohesion in Malta