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Macalester College

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Spring 2019

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Jordan: Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East


The question of who should be given legal status as a refugee has consistently been veiled in discussions of ‘practicality,’ political motives, and inaction. Centered in these discussions tend to be state officials, international organization officials, and academics. More importantly, typically excluded from this assembly of decision makers and the thinkers are those actually and personally affected by the specifics of the term. In Jordan, this discussion is particularly interesting because the government does not legally recognize refugees since the United Nations refused to recognize Palestinians under the 1951 Convention definition. This paper aims to unpack the term refugee: both theoretically and what it actually means to be a refugee in Jordan.


Immigration Law | International Relations | Migration Studies | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Politics and Social Change | Social Welfare


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