Jordan as a transit country: semi-protectionist immigration policies and their effects on Iraqi forced migrants

Author(s)
Géraldine Chatelard
Publisher(s)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
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Year
2002
Language(s)
English
Scope
Regional
Type of Resource
Report
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This paper argues that Jordan has adopted a semi-protectionist policy towards Iraqi forced migrants, i.e. letting them in but depriving them of a status, therefore encouraging them to move forward. For their part, despite minor differences, Western countries all have adopted a reverse semi-protectionist policy, i.e. limiting forced migrants access to their territories but granting those who have managed to enter liberal asylum while never deporting Iraqis back to the Middle East. Moreover, Jordan and its Western partners are in agreement as regards the security threat posed by this new wave of forced migration while Middle Eastern Arab countries are still burdened by the unresolved case of Palestinian refugees.

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