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The Refugee System

A Sociological Approach

Arar, Rawan / FitzGerald, David Scott

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1. Edition October 2022
272 Pages, Softcover
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ISBN: 978-1-5095-4279-6
John Wiley & Sons

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Some people facing violence and persecution flee. Others stay. How do households in danger decide who should go, where to relocate, and whether to keep moving? What are the conditions in countries of origin, transit, and reception that shape people's options?

This incisive book tells the story of how one Syrian family, spread across several countries, tried to survive the civil war and live in dignity. This story forms a backdrop to explore and explain the refugee system. Departing from studies that create siloes of knowledge about just one setting or ""solution"" to displacement, the book's sociological approach describes a global system that shapes refugee movements. Changes in one part of the system reverberate elsewhere. Feedback mechanisms change processes across time and place. Earlier migrations shape later movements. Immobility on one path redirects migration along others. Past policies, laws, population movements, and regional responses all contribute to shape states' responses in the present. As Arar and FitzGerald illustrate, all these processes are forged by deep inequalities of economic, political, military, and ideological power.

Presenting a sharp analysis of refugee structures worldwide, this book offers invaluable insights for students and scholars of international migration and refugee studies across the social sciences, as well as policy makers and those involved in refugee and asylum work.

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Some people facing violence and persecution flee. Others stay. How do households in danger decide who should go, where to relocate, and whether to keep moving? What are the conditions in countries of origin, transit, and reception that shape people's options?

This incisive book tells the story of how one Syrian family, spread across several countries, tried to survive the civil war and live in dignity. This story forms a backdrop to explore and explain the refugee system. Departing from studies that create siloes of knowledge about just one setting or ""solution"" to displacement, the book's sociological approach describes a global system that shapes refugee movements. Changes in one part of the system reverberate elsewhere. Feedback mechanisms change processes across time and place. Earlier migrations shape later movements. Immobility on one path redirects migration along others. Past policies, laws, population movements, and regional responses all contribute to shape states' responses in the present. As Arar and FitzGerald illustrate, all these processes are forged by deep inequalities of economic, political, military, and ideological power.

Presenting a sharp analysis of refugee structures worldwide, this book offers invaluable insights for students and scholars of international migration and refugee studies across the social sciences, as well as policy makers and those involved in refugee and asylum work.

Abbreviations
1. A systems approach to displacement
2. Who is a refugee?
3. Making a legal refugee regime
4. Should I stay or go?
5. Exit
6. Hosting in the many Global Souths
7. Powerful hosts
8. Transnational connections and homeland ties
9. Conclusion
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Acknowledgements
"A work of brilliance, The Refugee System illuminates the phenomenon in a way that no one has done before."
Roger Waldinger, University of California, Los Angeles

"A rich analysis that never loses sight of the people most affected by the phenomena under discussion: refugees themselves, and their communities."
Laura Madokoro, Carleton University

"This groundbreaking book provides a uniquely comprehensive, systematic, and humane analysis of this important topic."
Jeff Crisp, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Rawan Arar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Law, Societies, and Justice at the University of Washington.
David Scott FitzGerald is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California San Diego.