Finished Workshop “Refugees and social crises” (Sep. 30)


Category: Workshop

Research Group: A03 Migrants & Refugees

The workshop “Refugees and social crises” will be organized by A03 “Migrants, Refugees, and Community Building”.


Islamic Trust Studies Workshop “Refugees and social crises”

Date & Time: Sep. 30, 2022, 16:30-18:00

Presentation: Dr. Rawia Altaweel (Post-Doctoral researcher (Chiba University), Beirut)
Title: “Situation Update: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon”
Moderator: Hidemitsu Kuroki (ILCAA/Hokkaido University SRC, A03 Principal investigator, Area Organizer)

Language: English
Venue: Open to public, Admission free.
              Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa Room no. 302 and Online via Zoom


Lebanon, with a population of 5.5 million and a size of 10,452 km2, is hosting about 1.5 million Syrian refugees since the start of the Syria war in 2011. This is in addition to 200,700 Palestinian refugees residing in Lebanon since 1948, which makes Lebanon the country hosting the largest number of refugees per capita and per square kilometer in the world. However, the Republic of Lebanon is not a signatory of the international convention on refugees. Moreover, since 2019, Lebanon is going through a severe financial and economic meltdown combined with political instability. Combined with the covid-19 pandemic and the disaster of the Beirut port blast in August 2020, the country is going through turmoil that is bringing the refugees file to the top with an increasing anti-refugee rhetoric, socio-economic implications, and legal implications considerations at various levels.

Trying to understand the situation of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, this research adopts a three layers analysis of the Syrian refugees /Lebanon crisis reflecting on the International/sub-regional dynamics, the internal Lebanese political and governance structure, and the local/municipality level dynamics. Furthermore, the research aims to collect and analyze political and governance stability indicators, including the civil society space, data on the socio-economic situation of the Syrian refugees and the Lebanese host community, and how that reflects in changing (or fixed) legal frameworks.

This research remains a work in progress; therefore, a comparison with other hosting countries of Syrian refugees may be included and expanded as relevant to this research, especially data on municipal level involvement and inclusion of refugees in Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq.

Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A)
“Migrants, Refugees, and Community Building” (Principal Investigator: Hidemitsu KUROKI (ILCAA/SRC) Project Number: 20H05826)

Erina Ota-Tsukada e.otatsukada[at]


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