Refugee commodification: The diffusion of refugee rent-seeking in the Global South

Luisa F. Freier, Nicholas R. Micinski, Gerasimos Tsourapas

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Do states in the Global South learn from each other regarding the management of forced migration? Although research has shown that refugees have recently been recast as an economic benefit for non-Western host states, little scholarly work exists on whether and how such a normative change is adopted across regions. In this article, we identify the diffusion of refugee rent-seeking behaviour, namely the use of host states’ geopolitical position as leverage to extract revenue from other states in exchange for maintaining refugees within their borders. We identify three types of diffusion – learning, cooperation and emulation – occurring at state, regional and international levels across the Global South. Drawing on a range of primary sources, we demonstrate the working of these three types across a range of empirical examples drawn from the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and South America. Overall, we identify a rising trend in the commodification of forced migration across refugee rentier states, while highlighting the need for further interregional research on policy diffusion outside the Global North.
Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)2747-2766
Número de páginas20
PublicaciónThird World Quarterly
Fecha en línea anticipada13 ago. 2021
EstadoPublicada - 2 nov. 2021

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Funding Information:
This project has received funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 822806. The content reflects only the authors’ views, and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains. The authors wish to thank the journal’s editorial team as well the anonymous reviewers for their attention to this manuscript. We also thank Soledad Castillo Jara and all interviewees.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


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