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Title: Identity, difference and community : Eritreans and Ethiopians in Malta
Authors: Abela, Clayton
Keywords: Ethiopians -- Cultural assimilation -- Malta
Eritreans -- Cultural assimilation -- Malta
Immigrants -- Malta
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Abela, C. (2018). Identity, difference and community: Eritreans and Ethiopians in Malta (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: In the first decade and a half of this century Malta faced an influx of boats loaded with irregular immigrants from African countries who made the perilous journey hoping to reach Europe and realise the dream of “a better life”. A majority identify themselves as being of Eritrean or Ethiopian origin in terms of nationality and Orthodox Tewahedo Christians in terms of their religious faith. This study investigates the manner in which Orthodox Tewahedo Christians from Eritrea and Ethiopia living in Malta have adapted elements of their culture to fit the Maltese context and puts forth the arguments that the processes of ‘integration’ and differentiation are intertwined. In particular, differentiation would not be possible without some kind of integration at the Maltese and European level. At the same time, the incomplete nature of ‘integration’ and the possibility of being sent back to their home country is also important for identity. This argument is developed by looking at three areas. First, the legal and demographic aspects of migrant status is examined comparatively. Second, the focus is shifted to the individual level, as the experience of acculturation of four Eritrean nationals and four Ethiopian nationals are illustrated through their life stories as told by them. Third, at the community level, particular attention is paid to the manner in which the Eritreans and Ethiopians have resolved their internal conflicts and adapted their religious rites and rituals to fit the context of Malta. What emerges is a community that has found ways to create for itself several physical spaces within which they gather to recreate the experiences of their homeland, while at the same time experiencing their homeland in a way that can only be done away from it.
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Dissertations - FacArtAS - 2018

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