The Young and Exiled: An Introduction

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Since the start of the confl ict in Syria in 2011, Syrian refugee children have
withstood violence, uncertainty, fear, trauma and loss. This book follows their
journeys by bringing together scholars and practitioners to refl ect on how to make their situation better and to get this knowledge to as many front liners – across European and neighbouring countries in the Middle East – as possible.
The book is premised on the underlying conception of refugee children as
not merely a vulnerable contingent of the displaced Syrian population, but one
that possesses a certain agency for change and progress. In this vein, the various contributions aim to not just de-securitize the ‘conversation’ on migration that frequently centres on the presumed insecurity that refugees personify. They also de-securitize the fi gure and image of the refugee. Through the stories of the youngest and most vulnerable, they demonstrate that refugee children are not mere opaque fi gures on whom we project our insecurities. Instead, they embody potentials and opportunities for progress that we need to nurture, as young refugees fi nd themselves compelled to both negotiate the practical realities of a life in exile, and situate themselves in changing and unfamiliar socio-cultural contexts. Drawing on extensive fi eld research, this edited volume points in the direction of a new rights based framework which will safeguard the future of these children and their well-being. Offering a comparative lens between approaches to tackling refugees in the Middle East and Europe, this book will appeal to students and scholars of refugees and migration studies and human rights, as well as anyone with an interest in the Middle East or Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSyrian Refugee Children in the Middle East and Europe : Integrating the Young and Exiled
EditorsMichelle Pace, Somdeep Sen
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationOxon
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)9780815347347
ISBN (Electronic)9781351169325
Publication statusPublished - 2018
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Middle Eastern Society

Bibliographical note

Michelle Pace is Professor with special responsibilities in European Union
and Middle East relations at the Department of Social Sciences and Business at
Roskilde University, Denmark. Her research interests include the life worlds of
minor refugees, emotions in International Relations and identity politics.
Somdeep Sen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social Sciences
and Business at Roskilde University, Denmark. His research interests include
postcolonialism, state building, violence, spatial politics and refugees’ integration.


  • refugee children
  • Syria
  • Middle East
  • Europe
  • Turkey
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • education
  • resilience
  • Denmark
  • unaccompanied refugee children
  • exile
  • EU-Turkey deal
  • integration
  • social cohesion
  • liminality
  • children on the move
  • refugee children rights
  • host community
  • refugee crisis
  • activist research

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