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Kamel Doraï

Zaatari Refugee Camp: A Makeshift City

A dwelling in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan (photo by K. Doraï)

Unlike Lebanon, which also hosts a large number of refugees, Jordan has opened refugee camps in the North of the country to control the arrival and settlement of refugees. Established in late July 2012, the Zaatari camp, which has nearly 80,000 inhabitants today, is the most famous space of settlement of Syrian refugees. The camp is located in a semi-arid area about ten kilometres southeast of the city of Mafraq in Northern Jordan, near the border with Syria. Originally ...

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Kamel Doraï

Kamel Doraï is a researcher at the CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research) currently based at IFPO (Amman, Jordan) and research associate at MIGRINTER, University of Poitiers (France). He was based at the Ifpo in Damascus (Syria) from 2006 to 2010. He is currently coordinating a research project entitled Lajeh-Time of conflict/Time of migration ( funded by the French National Research Agency. His work focuses mainly on asylum and refugees in the Middle East, new migrations and geopolitical reorganization in the Middle East, and migration and transnational practices within the Palestinian diaspora. He is currently conducting research on Syrian and Palestinian refugees from Syria in Jordan and Lebanon as well as on the urbanization process of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. The comparative study between refugees residing in and out of camps as well as the analysis of their migratory experience and spatial practices provide an account of the refugees’ socio-spatial dynamics in exile and of relationships between the camp refugees and their urban environment. He wrote Réfugiés palestiniens du Liban: une géographie de l'exil (Paris, CNRS Editions, 2006), and coedited, with Nicolas Puig, L'urbanité des marges: migrants et réfugiés dans les villes du Proche Orient (Paris, Téraèdre, 2012).