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  • Stalemate in the Armenian genocide debate: the role of identity in Turkish diasporic political engagement, published September 2015 in Sigona, Gamlen, Liberatore and Kringelbach (eds.) Diasporas Reimagined: Spaces, Practices and Belonging, Oxford Diasporas Programme, University of Oxford.
  • INTERACT Project Expert Survey Report, published June 12, 2015 by the Migration Policy Centre.

    The INTERACT project interviewed 24 migration and integration experts across 19 countries in order to better understand the effects of current diaspora and integration policies. It further sought to determine possible pitfalls, ways forward, and areas of cooperation between countries of origin and destination. Synthesising the results of this survey, the paper argues that the task of integration is to encourage: migrant participation in all areas of society; migrant productivity within the economic sphere; and migrant parity with native citizens. To be successful, efforts must take place across many levels of governance and in a variety of sectors, especially education and labour markets. Both diaspora and integration policies must furthermore put migrants first: strategies that prioritise the perceived needs of countries or destination or origin are unlikely to work. Finally, the onus of integration cannot solely rest on the migrants themselves. Countries of origin must do more to meet migrants halfway by combatting discrimination within their societies and policies.

  • Worldwide protracted refugee and IDP populations, published December 12, 2014 by the Migration Policy Centre.

    In June 2014 the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that the worldwide population of displaced people – meaning refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) – topped 50 million people for the first time since the Second World War. This overall rise is not, unfortunately, the only cause for concern. Changes in the composition and characteristics of the world’s displaced population are worrying as well.

    I produced two large-scale maps for the Migration Policy Centre to illustrate the state of protracted refugee and IDP populations served by UNHCR today. While refugee populations have remained more or less stable since the mid-1990s, around half of the world’s 11.7 million non-Palestine refugees are now in protracted refugee situations. In contrast, IDP populations have grown dramatically, with UNHCR extending nominal protection to some 24 million of the 33.3 million persons internally displaced across the globe at the start of 2014.   —Accompanying text co-written with Sara Bonfanti.

  • '35 years of forced displacement in Iraq: contexualising the ISIS threat, unpacking the movements', published October 17, 2014, Migration Policy Centre Policy Brief, RSCAS, EUI

    This brief situates the astonishing rise of the group Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham (ISIS) within Iraq’s much larger history of violent displacement. Looking across the past 35 years, it argues that ISIS may be distinct inasmuch as it has taken and held territory from Syria and Iraq, its violence is ‘non-state’, and it espouses a radically retrogressive ideology. But it is neither unique in its level of brutality nor is it an unprecedented threat to the well-being of Iraqi citizens. This report further discusses the evolution of ISIS and the human displacement it has caused. It demonstrates that Sunnis, Christians and Yazidis are fleeing north into the Autonomous Kurdish Region, while Shi’a are heading toward their southern heartlands. The longer this keeps up, the more striking will be the changes to Iraq’s ethnic and religious geography. Finally, it highlights the fatigue palpable among major donors today. It stresses that this must be overcome, for if Iraq is ever to know peace the full problem of IDPs in Iraq must be addressed and not just those scattered by the ISIS advance.

  • 'Half a country displaced: The Syrian refugee and IDP crisis', published September 2014, IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2014.

    The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) announced in June 2014 that the global population of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people (IDPs) has, for the first time since the Second World War, topped 50 million people. The conflict in Syria, now in its fourth year and with no sign of resolution on the horizon, has been a primary driver of this truly awful accomplishment. This ever-expanding tragedy is one of the biggest humanitarian issues facing the world today. It is also an increasingly pressing issue for EU Member States. The cost of the humanitarian operation is mounting and the regional security of the EU neighbourhood is undermined. Furthermore, while the vast majority of Syrian refugees will remain in neighbouring countries for a long time to come, a small but growing portion of these individuals are attempting to cross European borders by land, sea, and air in order to claim asylum in an EU Member State.


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