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
Poster #:
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Governors Square 16, Sheraton, Concourse Level
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 3:20 PM
Presenter Shae Frydenlund*, University of Colorado Boulder, Rohingya refugee labor and capitalist frontier-making in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 15 3:25 PM
Presenter Bader AlBader*, University of Michigan, Vadim Besprozvany, University of Michigan, Odessa Gonzalez Benson, University of Michigan, Antonio Siciliano, University of Michigan, Elena Godin, University of Michigan, Imed Soltani, Association La Terre Pour Tous, At a Loss at the Loss at Sea: The missing migrants of the Mediterranean and the (Bermuda) triangle of space, communication, and justice 15 3:40 PM
Presenter Sadhana Manik*, University of KwaZulu Natal, ‘Afrophobia’ in South Africa: An Unabating Challenge 15 3:55 PM
Presenter Fadima Maiga*, Université Cergy Pontoise, The right to the city in Cape Town: mapping the experience of Congolese nationals 15 4:10 PM
Discussant Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo SUNY Cortland 10 4:25 PM

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