A United Nations Refugee Agency report titled “The Future of Syria” published in 2013 declared that with two million Syrian children forced into exile because of the persistent conflict it was now ‘Time to Act’ and therefore demanded action beyond headlines. Its foreword went on to declare: “The world must act to save a generation of traumatized, isolated and suffering Syrian children from catastrophe. If we do not move quickly, this generation of innocents will become lasting casualties of an appalling war” (2013). Such a statement has found ritual credence in the images of refugees braving (and perishing) in the tumultuous waters of the Mediterranean in search for a safe haven. But more recently, the possible abduction of 10.000 unaccompanied refugee children kidnapped by organized trafficking syndicates (Townsend 2016) has once again confirmed the reality that children are indeed the most vulnerable when in exile (UNHCR 1994). Our deliberations in this volume are premised on the reality that the young in exile find themselves in a state of exceptional suffering, one that necessitates urgent academic and policy responses. That said, it further broadens this deliberation by arguing that the ‘story’ of refugee children is not only one of their suffering but also one that displays the ability of the young to not only survive their state of exile but creatively navigate and make sense of their condition of suffering as refugees. It is in view of this conception of the life of the young in exile that this volume brings together contributions that engage in a nuanced dialogue on the trials of the young in exile that account for their suffering while remaining committed to the notion of refugee children as imbued with inherent agency, despite being in exile.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages143
StateAccepted/In press - 24 Aug 2017
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Middle Eastern Society


  • refugees, refugee minors, Syria, Middle East, Europe, Turkey, Lebanon, education, integration, refugee children, refugee youth, resilience, EU-Turkey deal, liminality, Jordan, Denmark, Greece, Sweden, The Netherlands, Agamben, state of exception, European Union, in-between-ness

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