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Discrimination and Delegation: Explaining State Responses to Refugees


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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs 

Middle Eastern Studies Program presents


Discrimination and Delegation: Explaining State Responses to Refugees 

What explains state responses to the refugees they receive?  Discrimination and Delegation identifies two puzzling patterns: states open their borders to some refugee groups while blocking others (discrimination), and a number of countries have given the UN control of asylum procedures on their territory (delegation). In the talk, Abdelaaty will describe the two-part theoretical framework she has developed in which policymakers in refugee-receiving countries weigh international and domestic concerns. The talk will also include some evidence from the book’s three-stage research design, which combines statistical analysis of asylum admissions worldwide, country case studies of Egypt and Turkey, and content analysis of parliamentary proceedings in Kenya. 

Q&A will follow and be moderated by Fethi Keles, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University  

Lamis Abdelaaty

Assistant Professor of Political Science 

Syracuse University

Lamis Abdelaaty is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and Senior Research Associate at the Campbell Public Affairs Institute. Her interests include international relations, human rights and humanitarianism, and asylum and migration. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the American Philosophical Society, and her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Refugee Studies, Political Studies, International Interactions, and International Journal of Human Rights. Abdelaaty holds a doctoral degree in politics from Princeton University.

Co-sponsored by Center for European Studies and Maxwell African Scholars Union

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