Géraldine Chatelard earned a doctorate in History from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris (2000). Her disciplinary approach lies at the intersection of historiography, social anthropology, and political sociology. Since 2000, from an academic and policy perspective, she has been looking at various aspects of Iraqi mobilities, migration, and displacement. Initially, her focus was on the reception of the pre- and post-2003 Iraqi refugees in Jordan, and on the social and geographical trajectories of Iraqi (forced-)migrants in the Middle East and beyond. In recent years, her focus has shifted towards the politics of mobility in Iraq. She now conducts field work mostly in southern Iraq, and amongst Iraqi communities in Jordan and California.
Years of research engagement with Iraqi refugees and other migrants have led me to realise that the Iraqi state has been central to their experience not only as a cause of emigration, but throughout their displacement/migratory experience. My current project examines how Iraqi public policies on emigration and emigrants have evolved since the 1970s, how they have been enforced and experienced at home and in countries with large numbers of Iraqi emigrants near and far from Iraq, and if the presence of numerous refugees and exiles in the diaspora has influenced policy-making and the way policies have been received by emigrants. Furthermore, in relations with the questions Axis 3 of the LAJEH project proposes to explore, my research examines the role of Iraq as a sending/origin country in shaping the politics and context of (forced-)migrant reception, particularly in Jordan.
Emigration policies, reception policies, bilateral relations, state transnationalism, refugee diaspora