2017-18 Resident Scholars
“Globalization and Forced Displacement in the Middle East and North Africa: The Dilemma of Categorization of Migrants vs. Refugees”
This project explores the utility of the terms migrant and refugee by suggesting that economic globalization has created forced displacements that cannot be understood either in terms of voluntary or forced movement. People on the move are not neatly divisible between some who choose to migrate in search of better lives and others who flee from political or religious persecution, typically under conditions of war and violence. Through interviews and surveys in refugee camps in Italy and Greece, as well as examination of state policies in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria, this project will contribute to understanding migration patterns and labor market changes in the Middle East and North Africa.