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Expat, Local, and Refugee

“Studying Up” the Global Division of Labor and Mobility in the Humanitarian Industry in Jordan

Reem Farah

Introduction Since 2012, over a million Syrians have fled to Jordan, 671,551 of whom are registered refugees ( UNOCHA 2019 ). Due to economic instability and rising unemployment in the country, the incoming demographic was scapegoated for

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Giving Aid Inside the Home

Humanitarian House Visits, Performative Refugeehood, and Social Control of Syrians in Jordan

Ann-Christin Wagner

In spring 2016, I stepped out of a brick shack on the outskirts of Mafraq, a mid-sized town in northern Jordan. I had arrived some months earlier to conduct ethnographic fieldwork with Syrian refugees for my doctoral thesis, and begun

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Refuge and History

A Critical Reading of a Polemic

Benjamin Thomas White

situation in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan was worsening. All those countries had done a remarkable job of welcoming and hosting huge numbers of Syrians. But as more time went by and their numbers only grew, Syrians could sensibly assume that their welcome

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Introduction to the Issue

Encountering Hospitality and Hostility

Mette Louise Berg and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

, including in Fiddian-Qasmiyeh’s ongoing research into local community responses to displacement from Syria in the contexts of Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey ( Fiddian-Qasmiyeh 2015 , 2016 ; Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Qasmiyeh 2018 ). 1 In her research, she has

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Refugia Roundtable

Imagining Refugia: Thinking Outside the Current Refugee Regime

Nicholas Van Hear, Veronique Barbelet, Christina Bennett, and Helma Lutz

highly imperfect form, often in the transnational practices of refugees and migrants. Let me make the case for this assertion. In countries that have long hosted large numbers of refugees and will likely do so for the foreseeable future—Jordan, 5

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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Francesco Carella

manners. Facing the Syrian crisis since 2011, neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey have had to grapple with hosting overwhelmingly high numbers of refugees, sometimes reaching over one-quarter of the population of the country, as in

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Understanding Mobilities in a Dangerous World

Gail Adams-Hutcheson, Holly Thorpe, and Catharine Coleborne

offer stimulating and creative ways to understand and rethink mobilities in a dangerous world. Notes 1 Victoria Mason, “The Im/mobilities of Iraqi Refugees in Jordan: Pan-Arabism, ‘Hospitality’ and the Figure of the ‘Refugee,’” Mobilities 6

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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Mette Louise Berg

for citizenship and belonging of former Burundian refugees in Tanzania (Patricia Daley, Ng’wanza Kamata and Leiyo Singo), to sanctuary city organizing in Canada (David Moffette and Jennifer Ridgley) via a refugee host town in Jordan (Ann

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Decolonial Approaches to Refugee Migration

Nof Nasser-Eddin and Nour Abu-Assab in Conversation

Nof Nasser-Eddin and Nour Abu-Assab

long before the current “refugee crisis,” there have been migrations from the first Iraq war and the second Iraq war, where many Iraqi refugees fled to Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, with the majority staying in those countries. Most Iraqis didn't want to

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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Mette Louise Berg, and Johanna Waters

position of “expatriate” versus “local” humanitarian workers in Jordan. Further expanding the focus on local responses to displacement, Heather Wurtz and Olivia Wilkinson examine the ways that local faith actors in Mexico and Honduras conceptualize and