Dr. Kelsey Norman will present her latest book, Reluctant Reception: Refugees, Migration and Governance in the Middle East and North Africa. Seeking to understand why host states treat migrants and refugees inclusively, exclusively, or without any direct engagement, Dr. Norman offers an original, comparative analysis of the politics of asylum seeking and migration in the Middle East and North Africa. While current classifications of migrant and refugee engagement in the Global South mistake the absence of formal policy and law for neglect, Reluctant Reception proposes the concept of “strategic indifference,” where states proclaim to be indifferent toward migrants and refugees, thereby inviting international organizations and local nongovernmental organizations to step in and provide services on the state’s behalf.
Using the cases of Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey to develop her theory of “strategic indifference,” Norman demonstrates how, by allowing migrants and refugees to integrate locally into large informal economies, and by allowing organizations to provide basic services, host countries receive international credibility while only spending minimal state resources.
The presentation and Q&A will be moderated by MEI Faculty Director Professor Tarek Masoud.
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