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Discrimination and Delegation: Explaining State Responses to Refugees

Lamis Elmy Abdelaaty


What explains state responses to the refugees they receive? This book identifies two puzzling patterns: states open their borders to some refugee groups while blocking others (discrimination), and a number of countries have given the United Nations (UN) control of asylum procedures and refugee camps on their territory (delegation). To explain this selective exercise of sovereignty, the book develops a two-part theoretical framework in which policymakers in refugee-receiving countries weigh international and domestic concerns. Internationally, leaders use refugees to reassure allies and exert p ... More

Keywords: refugees, asylum, foreign policy, ethnic politics, sovereignty, rights, United Nations, Egypt, Turkey, Kenya

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197530061
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197530061.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lamis Elmy Abdelaaty, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University