Military Migrants: Fighting for YOUR country.
Migration, Diasporas & Citizenship.
In 1998 the British Army stepped up recruitment from Commonwealth countries, a strategy that simultaneously addressed a chronic labour shortage and the new legal obligations to diversify its workforce. Through forthright interviews with soldiers across all ranks, this book documents the stories of men and women from Fiji, Ghana, St Vincent, South Africa, Nepal and many other countries represented within Britain’s multinational armed forces.
Chapters deal sequentially with the initial recruitment processes and early training to questions of cultural and religious diversity, before looking at internal reforms tackling institutional racism. The penultimate section examines the implications of migrant status for soldiers and their families, concluding that they have borne the brunt of the Ministry of Defence’s failure to anticipate what it might mean to employ military migrants.
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