By Sophia Hoffmann
During the last decade that preceded Syria’s 2011 rebellion and descent into violence, the rustic was once in the middle of one other difficulty: the mass arrival of Iraqi migrants and a flood of humanitarian relief to deal with the refugee emergency. overseas reduction companies, the media, and diplomats alike praised the Syrian govt for maintaining open borders and offering a secure haven for Iraqis
fleeing the violence in Baghdad and Iraq’s southern provinces. just a couple of analysts regarded underneath the skin to appreciate how the obvious generosity towards refugees squared with the ruthless oppression that characterised the Syrian executive. during this quantity, Hoffmann deals a richly exact research of this contradiction, laying off gentle on Syria’s family and foreign politics
shortly earlier than the outbreak of war.
Drawing on firsthand observations and interviews, Hoffmann presents a nuanced portrait of the stipulations of everyday life for Iraqis residing in Syria. She unearths that Syria’s intolerant executive doesn't differentiate among citizen and foreigner, whereas the liberal politics of foreign relief agencies do. in response to unique ethnographic study, Iraqi Migrants in Syria attracts a hugely unique comparability among the Syrian government’s and relief organisations’ methods to Iraqi migration, throwing into query many generally held assumptions approximately freedom, and its absence, in authoritarian contexts.
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