New Publication - Normalising the Exceptional: The Use of Temporary Protection in Transit Countries to Externalise Borders and Responsibilities
A new research article has been published by Dahdaleh Institute's Research Fellow Rhonda Ferguson and Community Scholar Linn-Biorklund Belliveau. In the paper, Rhonda and Linn take a closer look at temporary protection in transit countries, and the implications it can have with regards to protection.
The authors present temporary protection as a ‘novel approach’ to displaced people that have crossed an international border as it can provide a level of protection and access to basic social services for a defined time period. This paper calls into question the objectives of such measures by highlighting the geopolitical context in which they operate. They argue that while temporary arrangements, particularly in so-called ‘transit’ countries, may address humanitarian needs of displaced people, they also embed precarity and temporality into protection norms. Combined with polices that externalise migration management, temporary protection risk normalising the exclusion of individuals from avenues to permanent protection in a country that they feel safe. By analysing the potential implications of holding temporary status, with recipients’ well-being and permanent status application in mind, an alternative lens is provided. Using examples of temporary protection mechanisms in Turkey and Mexico, it is concluded that a deeper critical assessment is needed to understand their impact for people.
Read the full article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14650045.2021.1907350?src=&journalCode=fgeo20&
|Global Health & Humanitarianism|
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