The importance of place and language – Syrian, Turkish and Syrian-Turkish encounters in Gaziantep

What influences encounters between refugees and members of their host communities, and how do these encounters change over time? In this post, Sara Al Helali (Southern Responses to Displacement researcher) draws on her interviews with Syrian refugees and local community members in the city of Gaziantep, Turkey, and explores the historical, relational, social and economic processes... Continue Reading →

Educating the host: It’s not just refugees who need ‘integration’ programmes

'Teaching local hosts the experience of war and forced displacement would help to publicly challenge hate speech and inform compassion,' argue Southern Responses to Displacement's researchers, Dr Estella Carpi, Amal Shaiah Istanbouli and Sara Al Helali. Drawing on research conducted during Southern Responses to Displacement's fieldwork in Turkey, this blog notes the lack of a... Continue Reading →

Research terminology from the ‘Global North’ to the ‘Global South’ – conceptualisations, interpretations and challenges from Hatay, Turkey.

Home to about half a million Syrian refugees, Hatay is a diverse Turkish city where Southern Responses to Displacement Researcher, Amal Shaiah Istanbouli, has been conducting interviews with Syrian refugees and Turkish local community members.  In this piece Amal discusses some of the challenges she found in ‘classifying’ Syrian refugees and other local resident interlocutors... Continue Reading →

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