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Palgrave Macmillan

Refugee Politics in the Middle East and North Africa

Human Rights, Safety, and Identity

ISBN 9781137356529
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Global Ethics

AKM Ahsan Ullah provides an insightful analysis of migration and displacement in the Middle East and North Africa. He examines the intricate relationship of these phenomena with human rights, safety concerns, and issues of identity crisis and identity formation. Engaging in a wide range of current debates including the Arab Uprising and regional and international responses to refugee movements, this book will enrich the present understanding of migration and refugee rights.

AKM Ahsan Ullah is Associate Director at the Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies and Assistant Professor of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. With over twenty years of experience in teaching and research, he has published extensively on migration, refugee and development studies. He taught and conducted research at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, the City University of Hong Kong, the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), Germany, Saint Mary's University, McMaster University, and the University of Ottawa, Canada.

1. Rights, Safety and Identity: The Context of Forced Mobility in the MENA
2. MENA: Geopolitics of Conflicts and Refugees
3. Refugees in Camps: Anatomy of an Identity Crisis
4. Refugee Safety and Humanitarianism Discourse
5. Refugee Rights, Protection and Existing Instruments
6. Arab Uprising and New Dimensions of Refugee Crises
7. Discussions and Policy Implications


"Refugee movements are among the world's most pressing issues, yet our understanding of them remains limited. This study provides new and valuable insights into the complex dynamics of refugees in one of the regions most influenced by them – the Middle East and North Africa. Its examination of the ongoing Arab uprising is especially valuable." - Graeme Hugo, ARC Australian Professorial Fellow, Professor of Geography and Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre, University of Adelaide, Australia
"This volume offers a fresh and new understanding of the dynamics of refugees within the MENA region and beyond. The key question that Dr. Ullah examines is how the rights, safety and identity issues of refugees are connected to the larger migratory issues and processes. Without doubt, this book provides deeper insight into the debates around migration and refugee issues. The perspectives contribute to a better understanding of the migration and refugees challenges of today." - Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh (formerly Regional Representative of the International Organization for Migration, Middle East, and South Asia)
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