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Palestinian Refugees and Lebanese Exceptionalism : The Place of UNRWA since 1950

Irfan, Anne; (2017) Palestinian Refugees and Lebanese Exceptionalism : The Place of UNRWA since 1950. Journal of Palestinian Refugee Studies , 7 (1) pp. 9-16. 10.12816/0044169. Green open access

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Abstract

The situation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon reflects the country’s broader exceptionalism in the Middle East. The Palestinian population of Lebanon can be distinguished from their counterparts elsewhere in both political and socio-economic terms, as they are generally poorer, less integrated and more disenfranchised. This article argues that UNRWA, the UN Agency for Palestinian refugees, is emblematic of the latter’s exceptional situation in Lebanon, as it has taken on a distinctive role in the country. To explicate this, the article first looks at the factors that have fuelled and shaped the Palestinians’ particular vulnerabilities in Lebanon. It then examines what this has meant for UNRWA, demonstrating how the Agency’s work in Lebanon reflects the particularities of the Palestinians’ situation there. Finally, the article concludes by considering the broader significance of this set-up for protracted refugee crises in the Middle East.

Type: Article
Title: Palestinian Refugees and Lebanese Exceptionalism : The Place of UNRWA since 1950
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.12816/0044169
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.12816/0044169
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Arts and Sciences (BASc)
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10170515
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