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Non-Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon. From Asylum Seekers to illegal migrants.

Abstract : While nearly 400,000 Palestinian refugees live in Lebanon, this country host non-Palestinian refugees, whose number rises from a few thousands recognised by the UNHCR up to 30,000 or 40,000 according to non-official sources that include many ‘irregular' migrants mainly coming from Iraq and Sudan. To some extend, Lebanon is considered as a destination country where refugees can find a temporal asylum before returning to their country of origin. But for many others Lebanon is considered as a transit country towards Western Europe, North America or Australia. What are the different itineraries that exist? Do they rely on transnational networks? What are the bases of these networks? The transit period can last several months and refugees have to adopt coping strategies while their statuses are extremely precarious. What kinds of strategies are developed in different spheres such as accommodation, work, health, education, etc.? Based on empirical data, this paper aims to address the theoretical issue of studying refugee movements in relation with the development of transnational practices in the Middle East.
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Mohamed Kamel Doraï, Olivier Clochard. Non-Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon. From Asylum Seekers to illegal migrants.. Françoise de Bel Air. Migration et politique au Moyen-Orient., IFPO, pp.127-143, 2006. ⟨halshs-00291749v1⟩

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