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Katy Montoya

Syrian Refugees Collectivizing in Jordan Becomes a Security Issue

Introduction I first visited the northern city of Irbid, Jordan in the summer of 2013 as an American undergraduate studying Arabic. By joining a youth volunteer group, I came into contact with Syrian social workers who mobilize resources and services among the Syrian community to assist new Syrian arrivals, including injured ex- fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). On my visits to Syrian neighborhoods, I heard a wealth of personal narratives of suffering and resilience ...

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Katy Montoya


Katy Montoya is a senior at Swarthmore College, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Islamic Studies. Her fieldwork in Jordan over the past two summers forms the basis of her research on state-supported and informal civil networks for Syrians inside Jordan. This research was made possible by the support of the European Research Council’s WAFAW project ( and by the J. Roland Pennock Fellowship in Pubic Affairs.