Displacement, diaspora, and statelessness: framing the Kurdish case

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Bezwan, N. and Keles, J. 2022. Displacement, diaspora, and statelessness: framing the Kurdish case. in: Mayer, T. and Tran, T. (ed.) Displacement, Belonging, and Migrant Agency in the Face of Power London Routledge. pp. 212-224
Chapter titleDisplacement, diaspora, and statelessness: framing the Kurdish case
AuthorsBezwan, N. and Keles, J.
Abstract

In this chapter, we draw on a growing body of literature and a set of empirical work carried out over a period of many years and through various projects including GCRF Research Hub on Gender, Justice and Security to examine the characteristics of Kurdish refugee communities, concentrating on the triangular relationship between statelessness, displacement, and diaspora. By keeping our focus on these linked relationships, we aim to answer the following questions: What explains internal and external displacement of the Kurdish communities in the past and present? What influences the ways in which Kurdish migrants organize their activities and shape their collective action—as well as their identities and sense of belonging—in the receiving societies? What impact does the question of statelessness have on displacement, belonging, and diaspora? In addressing these questions, we present a conceptual approach to the widespread phenomenon of statelessness in the Kurdish context, examining how statelessness simultaneously deprives the full enjoyment not only of citizenship rights but also of self-rule, that is, systematic violations of citizens’ rights and liberties, on the one hand, and communal rights, protection, and recognition, on the other. We argue that belonging to, and identification with, a polity or host society can be best achieved if inclusion and recognition come together to inform citizenship.

Sustainable Development Goals16 Peace, justice and strong institutions
Research GroupLaw and Politics
LanguageEnglish
Page range212-224
Book titleDisplacement, Belonging, and Migrant Agency in the Face of Power
EditorsMayer, T. and Tran, T.
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN
Hardcover9780367772932
Electronic9781003170686
Paperback9780367772949
Publication dates
Online29 Jun 2022
Print29 Jun 2022
Publication process dates
Deposited20 May 2022
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003170686-16
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