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Theme Panel: The Political Effects of Forced Migration on States

The Political Effects of Forced Migration on States

Refugees and forced migrants have been viewed from two main lenses: humanitarian vulnerability and militarized threats. But the effects of refugees on states go far beyond their potential armed role or humanitarian need, both of which have been well studied. What are the repercussions for state legitimacy and sovereignty of hosting refugees? When and how do they threaten resource provision, and can that reticulate into lessening trust of state authority and altering the framing of domestic contention? Are extreme movements in the domestic sphere empowered, and if so, when? Refugees can be used, scapegoated, and manipulated, and all these dynamics effect changes in government, and possibly state institutions. The papers on this panel deal with these un-studied but profound effects of refugees in transforming domestic politics.

Participants:
Anne Marie Baylouny, Naval Postgraduate School (Chair)
Yang-Yang Zhou, Princeton University (Discussant)

Papers:
From Protection to Persecution: Determinants of State Violence against Refugees
Burcu Savun, University of Pittsburgh (Author)
Christian Gineste (Author)

Sovereignty & Scales: Recognition & the Power of Mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa
Loren B Landau, University of the Witwatersrand (Author)

Protracted Tragedy of Refugee Displacement: Why Afghans Are Leaving Pakistan
Anshu N. Chatterjee (Author)

Rejecting Scapegoats: Politics of Syrian Refugees in Neighboring Countries
Anne Marie Baylouny, Naval Postgraduate School (Author)