THE ISSAM FARES INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
IFI in collaboration with the Asfari Institute for Civil Society & Citizenship at the American University of Beirut held a book discussion of "Contested Concepts in Migration Studies" with author Ricard Zapata-Barrero Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. The discussion was held on December 7 and moderated by Sari Hanafi.
In his opening remarks, Hanafi introduced the book as one that “provides awareness and comprehension to the complex questions of migration studies,” noting that refugees should be considered as a legal concept and not as a sociological concept. During the discussion, Zapata-Barrero emphasized that concepts related to migration and diversity are always contested. He also questioned why certain concepts are more operative in certain regions than others, and why some particular concepts are not welcomed or simply ignored in some regions, all which he hoped his book would shed greater light on.
Read more on the book here.