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They do not treat us like humans here: A study of Syrian refugees' integration in Egypt

Berglund, Ylva LU (2016) STVK02 20152
Department of Political Science
Abstract
While the current European integration regime focuses on ‘cultural diversity’ as either a challenge or an asset and takes a assimilative or multiculturalist direction, this paper looks beyond ‘diversity’ and challenges the prevalent perspective. By studying the integration of Syrian refugees in Egypt it aims at finding a new understanding to the integration process, other than one of cultural conflict. Six Syrian and Egyptian community workers are interviewed and a structure-actor analysis is conducted. With the help of scholars such as Sara Ahmed, Étienne Balibar, Engin Isin and Bridget Anderson, three structures are identified: a social structures that constructs the immigrated as Others, a class structure that pushes the immigrated... (More)
While the current European integration regime focuses on ‘cultural diversity’ as either a challenge or an asset and takes a assimilative or multiculturalist direction, this paper looks beyond ‘diversity’ and challenges the prevalent perspective. By studying the integration of Syrian refugees in Egypt it aims at finding a new understanding to the integration process, other than one of cultural conflict. Six Syrian and Egyptian community workers are interviewed and a structure-actor analysis is conducted. With the help of scholars such as Sara Ahmed, Étienne Balibar, Engin Isin and Bridget Anderson, three structures are identified: a social structures that constructs the immigrated as Others, a class structure that pushes the immigrated towards economic exclusion and poverty, and a political structures that pushes the immigrated out of the political, with limited rights and opportunities. The paper finds that a new vocabulary on integration is needed: by perceiving integration as equality, the integration process is to be understood as a political struggle for rights in an unequal society. (Less)
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Berglund, Ylva LU
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STVK02 20152
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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integration, othering, racism, structures, equality, Egypt
language
English
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8513864
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2016-02-02 14:17:55
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  abstract     = {While the current European integration regime focuses on ‘cultural diversity’ as either a challenge or an asset and takes a assimilative or multiculturalist direction, this paper looks beyond ‘diversity’ and challenges the prevalent perspective. By studying the integration of Syrian refugees in Egypt it aims at finding a new understanding to the integration process, other than one of cultural conflict. Six Syrian and Egyptian community workers are interviewed and a structure-actor analysis is conducted. With the help of scholars such as Sara Ahmed, Étienne Balibar, Engin Isin and Bridget Anderson, three structures are identified: a social structures that constructs the immigrated as Others, a class structure that pushes the immigrated towards economic exclusion and poverty, and a political structures that pushes the immigrated out of the political, with limited rights and opportunities. The paper finds that a new vocabulary on integration is needed: by perceiving integration as equality, the integration process is to be understood as a political struggle for rights in an unequal society.},
  author       = {Berglund, Ylva},
  keyword      = {integration,othering,racism,structures,equality,Egypt},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {They do not treat us like humans here: A study of Syrian refugees' integration in Egypt},
  year         = {2016},
}