The spatial governance of the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan

Refugees between urban settlements and encampment policies

This report published by the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) “presents a critical analysis of Jordans’ governance of the Syrian refugee crisis and discusses the spatial policies in the framework of space and power. It identifies a shift in the direction of governance and explores how settlement options between urban settings and refugee camps were shaped by policies and humanitarian aid.”

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The report is authored by Zaid Awamleh and Kamel Dorai and is part of the project Urban displacement, development and donor policies in the Middle East (URBAN3DP), based at CMI.

Zaid Awamleh is a Humanitarian Architect specialising in the psychology of space. He is a CNRS research engineer who served as Jordan response person for the Migration Governance and Asylum Crisis program (MAGYC) and lead of the digital data content team. He is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of SAIB Humanitarian NGO in addition to holding the positions of the project manager of a rehabilitation program with the UNDP.

Kamel Doraï is a researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) based at Migrinter, University of Poitiers (France) and was Director of the Department of contemporary studies at the French Institute for the Near East – Ifpo (Lebanon).