Large-scale population migration and insecurity in the Middle East

Authored by: Ashok Swain , Jonathan Hall

Routledge Handbook on Middle East Security

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138749894
eBook ISBN: 9781315180113
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315180113-17

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Abstract

There is an ongoing debate about whether the world is getting more violent or more peaceful. But, there is no illusion that the Middle East region has become less peaceful over the last decades. There is no dearth of violent conflicts and migrant communities, both old and new in this part of the world. In light of ongoing globalization, climate change, economic crisis and violent conflict in the Middle East, high levels of transnational migration flows will continue for the foreseeable future. The era of global interconnectedness facilitates these migrants to get more actively involved as parties in conflicts. Both migrant producing and receiving countries in the Middle East share a strong interest in understanding how the migrant groups may be encouraged to support peace, development and security rather than foment ethnic nationalism and war.

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