Studies in National and International Development


National and International Development

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Title:  Precarious Living: Syrians in Turkey


            Date: November 7, 2019
            Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
            Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
            Speaker:  Kim Rygiel, Wilfred Laurier University


Approximately 5 million Syrians are currently displaced, living without adequate protection, and struggling to access residency, rights, and citizenship in the broader context of migration governance. This talk looks at the Turkish case of hosting Syrians to reflect on international and national commitments to refugee protection and the relation between precarity and refugees’ everyday living, and migrant journeys. Under Turkey’s temporary protection regime, Syrians are not recognized as refugees and only afforded the legal right to temporarily reside within Turkey. This presentation will discuss how temporary protection diminishes international protection to Syrians and increases their legal insecurities.  









Kim Rygiel, Wilfred Laurier University


Kim Rygiel is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and associate director of the International Migration Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada. She is an associate editor of the journal Citizenship Studies. Her research focuses on critical migration, citizenship, and border politics.  She is the author of Globalizing Citizenship (UBC Press, 2010) and co-editor (with Peter Nyers) of Citizenship, Migrant Activism, and the Politics of Movement (Routledge, 2012).