Guest Lecture by Mireille Al Rahi

19.3.2018
The Migration Institute of Finland will host an open lecture on Tuesday, March 27, 1 pm – 2 pm.

Iraqi Refugee Situation in Lebanon: Life on Hold? – Mireille Al Rahi

Over the last twenty years, the Republic of Iraq witnessed a series of dreadful events forcing many people to leave the country and claim asylum abroad. Repercussions from earlier wars and foreign military interventions had a major impact on the Iraqi social fabric leading to sectarian violence in multiple areas. Moreover, the neighbouring Syrian conflict aggravated the situation with the emergence of the ‘Islamic State’ extending its caliphate to reach Iraqi territories. This notorious terrorist group exerted its brutality on religious minorities in the northern governorates, especially in Nineveh. This development generated a mass displacement toward other Iraqi governorates, Erbil and Dohuk, followed by an additional refugee wave of Iraqis arriving to Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, already battling with a simultaneous Syrian refugee situation.

In her talk Al Rahi presents some of the aspects Iraqi families and individuals are facing in Lebanon: their current living conditions, their legal situation, their networks (homeland, host society, abroad), their aspirations and possible migratory choices.

Mireille Al Rahi is a Lebanese PhD researcher in Applied Social Sciences at the department of Social Sciences and Economics of Sapienza University of Rome. She holds a Master’s degree in Development and International Cooperation from Sapienza Interfaculty of Political Sciences, Sociology and Communication. She speaks Arabic (mother tongue), English, French and Italian. At the moment, she is studying the Iraqi families and individuals currently residing in Turku to underline the importance of social networks and the role they play in the process of integration in the host community.

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