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Adamson, Fiona (2023) 'Migration Governance in Civil War: The Case of the Kurdish Conflict.' European Journal of International Security, 8 (4). pp. 513-530.

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This article examines the management and instrumentalisation of migration and mobility as an area of contested governance in civil wars. Building on work in migration studies and rebel governance, it shows how migration and mobility regimes form part of the structure of violent armed conflicts, as both states and non-state actors seek to control processes and consequences of mobility and migration to their advantage. Governance of migration during conflict involves the strategic use of mechanisms of migration governance for the purposes of achieving conflict aims. This article develops a framework for understanding how migration governance is instrumentalised in civil war as a means of managing and controlling populations. The framework is then applied to the case of the Kurdish conflict in Turkey and beyond through an analysis of three areas of migration governance that have played significant roles in this extended regional conflict: forced migration and refugee governance; border management; and diaspora engagement. The analysis provides a challenge to dominant state-centric, securitisation and humanitarian approaches to migration and security by pointing to the political and spatial complexity of contested migration governance in situations of protracted conflict.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: civil war; diasporas; Kurds; migration; rebel governance; refugees; Syria; Turkey
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 20575637
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Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2023 11:36
Funders: European Union

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