Seminar aMiMo: Current Issues on Migration 3 « Refugee settlement in Jordan and Lebanon. Camp dwellers and self-settled refugees »

Kamel Doraï

Thursday December 28, 2017, 6pm, Istanbul

Organised by aMiMo




“Migration and Mobility” axis (aMiMo) of the French Institute for Anatolian Studies is glad to announce the first talk in the Current Issues on Migration seminar series, held in collaboration with the Migration Studies Association (GAR).

Current Issues on Migration seminar series aims to bring together social scientists and members of the civil society to present and discuss each month an issue related to international migration and mobilities in Turkey. This year we will focus on crucial aspects of refugees circulation and installation in Turkey, starting with Education (from October to December), and Work (from January to March).


The third talk of the Current Issues on Migration series will be presented by Dr. Kamel Dorai. Since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict in 2011, over 5 million refugees settled in neighbouring countries. While Jordan and Turkey have decided to open refugee camps, Lebanon still refuses this option. This presentation will analyse the settlement strategies developed by refugees to adapt in contexts of high constraints, due to the precarious legal status of these refugees and their socio-economic vulnerability in Jordan and Lebanon.

Kamel Doraï’s work focuses on asylum and refugees in the Middle East and transnational practices within the Palestinian diaspora. He is currently conducting research on refugees from Syria and the urbanization process of the refugee camps.

Language of the talk : English
Location : DEPO / Tütün Deposu
Lüleci Hendek Caddesi No.12 Tophane 34425 İstanbul

Conférence publique : Migrations et diasporas chinoises

Présentée par Emmanuel Ma Mung

12 Décembre 2017 – 18:3019:00

Conférence organisée en partenarait avec l’IFJ dans le cadre des Rendez-vous de l’Ifpo (en partenariat avec l’ANR Lajeh)

هجرات الصينيين وشتَاتهم، محاضرة لإيمانويل ما مُنغ


Les migrations chinoises de masse amorcées au milieu du 19ème siècle ont donné naissance à une diaspora – elle-même constituée de plusieurs diasporas – dont la situation présente une grande diversité selon les pays d’installation, allant de l’assimilation presque totale à la constitution de communautés très distinctes de la société d’accueil. Le développement de flux migratoires mais aussi de flux économiques, informationnels, affectifs entre les différentes pôles d’installation ont contribué à conforter une relative autonomie de la diaspora vis à vis des pays d’établissement et de la Chine. Le dispositif diasporique ainsi mis en place a pour effet de modifier les appartenances des individus qui le constituent. Celles-ci sont multiples et s’expriment à travers un attachement et une fidélité tout à la fois à la société d’installation, au pays « d’origine » et la diaspora elle-même en tant que corps social distinct auquel on s’identifie. Dans quelle mesure la reprise des migrations au départ de la Chine (quasi doublement des effectifs de la diaspora durant les trente dernières années) et leur diversification sociale (apparition d’étudiants, de qualifiés… à côté des prolétaires et des commerçants) depuis les années 1980 modifie-t-elle cette situation ? Quelles relations la diaspora chinoise entretient-elle avec  la Chine depuis que cette dernière est devenue une puissance économique de premier ordre ?

The claimed borders of the City of Raqqa

Myriam Ababsa – a présenté une communication intitulée  The claimed borders of the City of Raqqa (1919-1921, 2013, 2014-2016) au colloque international « Frontières et reconfigurations territoriales au Moyen Orient et au Sahel » – 30 & 31 janvier 2017, Assouan, Egypte.

Le programme ANR Lajeh était partenaire de ce colloque.



The Syrian city of Raqqa has become famous since the Islamic State declared the Caliphate within its boundaries in June 2014. The EI started to reorganize the economy of the city, controlling Syria’s majority of silos and oil road. Several tolls have been created in order for the state to obtain income sources and mark its boundaries. The thousands of IDPs who came from Aleppo, Homs and Idlib became stuck in Raqqa. What is less known, is that the city freed itself from the Syrian regime in March 2013, with a coaltion of Free Syrian Army affiliates and independent Islamist katibat grouped in the Raqqa Liberation Front Jabhat Tahrir al-Raqqa, created in December 2012. A local council was created and managed to reorganize the municipal services, and edited municipal liflets. The Union of Free students expressed their joy of being the first free city of Syria. The intellectuals then took pride in the fact that the city was the only free Arab city in Faysal short-lived empire, from 1919 until decembre 1921, when the French Army took the city back. Before this period, Raqqa was for eight years the capital of the Abbassid Empire (8th Century).
The aim of the papers is to delineate the claimed borders of the City of Raqqa over the past century. I use original material published in Arabic by Raqqawi intellectuals and journalists, available via Facebook accounts.