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Discrimination and Delegation: Explaining State Responses to Refugees


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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs 

Comparative Politics and International Relations

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.

Lamis Abdelaaty

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Maxwell School of 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 research and teaching deal with the international politics of refugees, and her publications have appeared or are forthcoming in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Refugee Studies, Political Studies, and International Interactions. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. She holds a doctoral degree in politics from Princeton University.

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