From Refugees To Asylum Seekers? Palestinians Faced With The Syrian Conflict

7 February 2018. From 18:30 | Workshop | English | IEMed, Barcelona
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Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, the situation of Palestinians living in Syria has been deteriorating. So much so, that many Palestinians have been forced to flee and seek asylum abroad, just as happened in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003. Currently, and according to data published by UNRWA, a total of 120,000 Palestinians have fled Syria, mainly to settle in countries in the region such as Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey or Egypt, but also in Europe.
This “secondary migration” to which the Palestinian population is exposed is the result of the implementation of “tough mobility policies” in neighboring countries and also of the European Union’s migration policy. “Palestinian refugees tend to become asylum seekers for conflict, and are most often considered illegal immigrants in their country of temporary residence.
Kamel Doraï explains the suffering of Palestinian refugees and the situation of poverty and lack of protection in which they find themselves.



Laura Huici

Professor Universitat de Barcelona

Kamel Doraï

Researcher Institut Français du Proche-Orient



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