Beyond the boundaries
A methodological perspective on Afghan migratory networks in the Western countries
In a previous research, I explored the socio-economic and migratory strategies of the Hazaras (a predominantly Shiite population from an area called Hazarajat, corresponding to central Afghanistan), in the context of a war that has lasted for more than twenty-five years and has provoked the exile of millions of refugees (Monsutti 2005). During fieldwork carried out since 1993, I have focused on Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries, Pakistan and Iran. My current research project extends the geographical scope of my work to Western countries, which are increasingly attracting Afghan migrants, in order to produce an overall picture of their transnational strategies.