Expectations and the Politics of Resettlement: Colombian and Palestinian refugees in Chile and Brazil [Blog Post]
Vera Espinoza, Marcia
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Vera Espinoza, M. (2019) 'Expectations and the Politics of Resettlement: Colombian and Palestinian refugees in Chile and Brazil', Refugee Hosts, 4 March.
How do different refugees living in protracted displacement imagine and negotiate processes of resettlement, one of the ‘durable solutions’ supposedly available for refugees (the others being ‘local integration’ and ‘repatriation’)? As explored in this piece by Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza, narratives of resettlement are used as tools of power, resistance and hope by and for refugees. Drawing on her multisited research, Marcia explores how Colombian and Palestinian refugees’ resettlement expectations are constructed, both by themselves, and by international aid providers. In so doing, and in line with the approach underpinning the Refugee Hosts project, she traces how mainstream humanitarian narratives and structures can exacerbate imbalances of power between humanitarian agencies and refugees.