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1st Edition

Political and Humanitarian Responses to Syrian Displacement

ISBN 9780367607470
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
158 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines Syrian displacement since the start of the 2011 conflict. It considers how neighboring refugee-hosting states – namely Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon – have responded to Syrian refugees, as well as how the international humanitarian community has assisted and protected refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). Miller examines Syrian displacement as it relates to EU and US policies, and relates Syrian displacement to broader themes and debates on the international refugee regime and humanitarian intervention.

The book argues that displacement is not a mere symptom or byproduct of the conflict in Syria, but a key variable that must be addressed with any peace plan or strategy for ending the conflict and rebuilding Syria. Responses to displacement should therefore not just be thought of in a humanitarian context, but also as a political, security and economic issue.

Drawing on media reports, research briefs, scholarly books and articles, NGO reports and UN research to contextualize and critically analyze the blur of headlines and rhetoric on Syria, the book seeks to shed light on the political and humanitarian responses to displacement. It seeks to inform policymakers, practitioners and scholars about the current Syrian displacement situation, helping to make sense of the complex web of literature on Syrian refugees and IDPs.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Host States in the Region: Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon

Chapter 3: The International Humanitarian Response

Chapter 4: Syrian displacement and the European Union

Chapter 5: Syrian Refugee Resettlement and US Politics

Chapter 6: Conclusions, Policy Guidance and Ongoing Debates


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Sarah Deardorff Miller is Adjunct Faculty in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C., USA and the University of London, School of Advanced Study, UK.