Expulsion: Uganda’s Asians and the Remaking of Nationality

2022 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Idi Amin’s expulsion of Uganda’s Asian minority. Standing at some eighty thousand individuals, the population of refugees he created was not big by today’s standards. Yet it went on to transform citizenship and national culture in countries as far apart as the United Kingdom and Canada. The Uganda Asians, as they were known, represented the first significant wave of refugees to move from the global south to the north. And in this way, they stand at the beginning of a new history of global migration, one whose crisis we are experiencing today.

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