This book examines the politics of making and unmaking refugees at various scales by probing the contradictions between the principles of international statecraft, which focus on the national/state level approach in regulating global forced displacement, and the forces that defy this state-based approach. It explores the ways by which the current global refugee categorizes and excludes millions of people who need protection. The investigations in this book move beyond the state scale to draw attention to the finer scales of displacement and forced mobility in the various, complex spaces of migration and asylum. By bringing refugees stories to the forefront, the chapters in this volume highlight diasporic activism and applaud the corresponding ingenuity and tenacity. This book also builds upon debates on the critical geopolitical understandings of states, displacement and bordering to advance theoretical understandings of refugee regimes as a critical geopolitical issue. With this collection, the contributors invite a more sustained conversation that draws attention to and focusses on the current global refugee crisis and the violence of exclusion of that same regime.
This highly engaging and informative volume will be of interest to policymakers, academics and students concerned with global migration, refugee governance and crises. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Geopolitics.
Introduction—Making and Unmaking Refugees: Geopolitics of Social Ordering and Struggle within the Global Refugee Regime
Orhon Myadar and Kara E. Dempsey
1. The Shifting Landscape of International Resettlement: Canada, the US and Syrian Refugees
Pablo S. Bose
2. Migrant Agency and Counter-Hegemonic Efforts Among Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands in Response to Geopolitical Control and Exclusion
Kara E. Dempsey
3. Diaspora Geopolitics in Toronto: Tamil Nationalism and the Aftermath of War in Sri Lanka
Jennifer Hyndman, Amarnath Amarasingam and Gayathri Naganathan
4. Geopoliticizing Geographies of Care: Scales of Responsibility Towards Sea-borne Migrants and Refugees in the Mediterranean
5. Place, Displacement and Belonging: The Story of Abdi