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Vulnerability and Public Services in the Lebanese Context of Mass Displacement: a Literature Review

Baumann, H; Kanafani, S; (2020) Vulnerability and Public Services in the Lebanese Context of Mass Displacement: a Literature Review. RELIEF Centre, UCL Centre for Global Prosperity: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This working paper reviews the literature on infrastructural vulnerabilities in the Lebanese context of mass displacement to answer the following questions: • What are the particular infrastructural vulnerabilities at stake in contemporary Lebanon? / • Where are the intersections of vulnerabilities caused by displacement and those related to public services, for both migrants and hosts? / • How is vulnerability conceptualised in the literature, and what role are public services and migration seen to play in it? / ‘Vulnerability’ has been a key term in contemporary Lebanon, both in the realm of public services and in the context of mass displacement. Yet often its precise meaning, especially the links between its spatial and social dimensions, are left underexplored (Issa et al., 2014; Stel & van der Molen, 2015). This review seeks to bridge the gap between these dimensions. Such an examination appears particularly pressing today because political, humanitarian, and academic discourses often presume causal connections between the presence of refugees and other precarious migrant communities, and the frail state of the country’s public services, often without further investigation. As Lebanon faces a range of ongoing and intensifying crisis-related to governance, state finance and health- the state of public services and the situation of the large number of non-citizens in the country have both become exacerbated. It is therefore vital to examine how the concept of vulnerability connects and interacts with migrants’ and hosts’ social and spatial experiences of stretched or absent public services.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Vulnerability and Public Services in the Lebanese Context of Mass Displacement: a Literature Review
ISBN-13: 978-1-913041-11-3
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/000.wp.10116036
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/igp/research/public...
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10116036
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