Refugees, host states and displacement in the Middle East: an enduring challenge

White, B. T. , Haysom, S. and Davey, E. (2013) Refugees, host states and displacement in the Middle East: an enduring challenge. Humanitarian Exchange(59), pp. 20-22.

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With over two million Syrians seeking safety in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, highly political issues of citizenship, the role of the state and the status and entitlements of non-nationals are pressing questions for a large and rapidly growing number of people. The refugee crisis – one element of a larger displacement crisis affecting nearly 80% of the estimated 8.7m Syrians deemed to be in a situation of humanitarian need – is massive and affects the entire region. It is unlikely that the war in Syria will end soon, and when it does it is implausible that refugees will immediately return to an unstable country ravaged by conflict. The Syrian refugee crisis will be a serious long-term challenge to the humanitarian system. In such a situation, a comprehensive understanding of context is crucial. In this article we argue that contextual analysis, which must of course encompass the current political situation and economic environment in affected countries, should not only focus on the present. By looking at the major challenges in Jordan and Lebanon revolving around the value and utility of camps and how to approach assistance for self-settled populations we explore past episodes of displacement in the region to bring a historical perspective to the current crisis.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:syria, displacement, refugees, humanitarian history
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:White, Dr Benjamin Thomas
Authors: White, B. T., Haysom, S., and Davey, E.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Humanitarian Exchange
Publisher:Overseas Development Institute

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