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Refugees and the right to the city: perspectives from the Global South (Part II)

Type: Paper
Theme: Ethnonationalism and Exclusion Around the World
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Diala Lteif
Chairs: Diala Lteif


With an unprecedented 65.5 million people forcibly displaced around the world, forced migration has today become an increasingly permanent reality. An estimated 80% of displaced individuals are currently hosted within the Global South, where many countries are not signatories of any refugee convention. Within this context, refugees are subjected to harsher conditions of marginalization and increased socioeconomic inequality, and often portrayed as helpless and aid dependent. In response to such realities, this series of two panels explores the role of refugee communities in the production of urban spaces, with a focus on cities of the Global South.

Part two of this series will focus on refugee experiences through an analysis of the economic, social, and public systems built around displaced communities. Papers presented will explore the different state and media mechanisms to deny refugees rights and access to services within the global south context and the social networks displaced individuals and their families create to navigate these spaces. Case studies span across Malaysia, South Africa and the Mediteranean Sea.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Diala Lteif University of Toronto 5 12:00 AM
Presenter Shae Frydenlund*, University of Colorado Boulder, Rohingya refugee labor and capitalist frontier-making in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Fadima Maiga*, Université Cergy Pontoise, The right to the city in Cape Town: mapping the experience of Congolese nationals 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo SUNY Cortland 10 12:00 AM

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