Webinar MAGYC & SHAKK Ifpo Beirut

SHAKK (From Revolt to War in Syria: Conflicts, Displacements, Uncertainties)

 MAGYC ( MigrAtion Governance and asYlum Crises)

Trajectories, settlements and narratives of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan 

Organisers :

Imad Amer (Ifpo), Kamel Doraï (Ifpo), Anna Poujeau (Ifpo)

31th March, 21th April, 19th May, 16th June 2021

link : https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYudOqorTgvH9Yp3YwxFYsSSzvssnFAmVZH

    • 03:00-05:00 Beirut time
    • 02:00-04:00 Paris Time
    • 01:00-03:00 London Time

In the frame of a cooperation between the MAGYC and ANR SHAKK research programs, this monthly webinar will explore the issue of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan in its geographical, sociological, political and economic dimensions while analyzing the events that led to their departure from Syria. Thus, we wish to emphasize the links between the conditions of departure of Syrians from their country and those of their arrival and settlement in Lebanon and Jordan. We will examine both the Syrian military and political strategies deployed to force populations to flee their homes and the political and economic decisions of host countries regarding the settlement of Syrian refugees on their territory.

Within a reflection that crosses historical, sociological, geographical and political perspectives, we will develop three axes of research: one will deal with the legal framework by questioning its writing contexts according to the stages of the conflict in Syria, the political situation within the host countries and the various injunctions of international bodies that shape the question of Syrian refugees; another one dealing with the settlement of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan by focusing on the trajectories, the formal or informal housing and the legal status of their presence in the host countries through, in particular, the issue of employment. Finally, we will put the narratives of the refugees themselves on their trajectories in Syria and in the host countries into perspective with the different stages of the the conflict as we are able to reconstruct them today and with the Lebanese and Jordanian local policies for refugees host.

Parcours, installations et récits des Syriens réfugiés au Liban et en Jordanie

Dans le cadre d’une coopération entre le programme MAGYC et l’ANR SHAKK, ce webinaire mensuel a pour objectif d’explorer la question des réfugiés syriens au Liban et en Jordanie dans ses dimensions à la fois géographique, sociologique, politique et économique tout en analysant les événements ayant conduits au départ en Syrie. Ainsi, nous souhaitons mettre en perspective les conditions de départ des Syriens de leur pays et celles d’arrivée et d’installation des réfugiés syriens au Liban et en Jordanie en interrogeant à la fois les stratégies militaires et politiques syriennes déployées afin de forcer les populations à fuir leurs maisons et les décisions politiques et économiques des pays d’accueil concernant l’installation des réfugiés syriens sur leur territoire.

Au sein d’une réflexion croisant des perspectives  historiques, sociologiques, géographiques et politiques nous déployons trois pistes de recherche : l’une portant sur les textes officiels de lois et de décrets en interrogeant leurs contextes de rédaction à la fois du point de vue de l’avancée du conflit en Syrie, de la situation politique du pays d’accueil et des diverses injonctions des instances internationales régulant la question des réfugiés syriens ; un autre portant sur l’installation en tant que telle des réfugiés syriens au Liban et en Jordanie en s’intéressant aux parcours, aux habitats formels ou informels et aux statuts juridiques de leurs présences dans les pays d’accueil à travers notamment la question de l’emploi, enfin nous chercherons à mettre en perspective les récits des réfugiés eux-mêmes sur leurs parcours en Syrie et dans le pays d’accueil avec l’histoire du conflit tel que nous pouvons la reconstituer aujourd’hui et celle des politiques locales  libanaise et jordanienne d’accueil des réfugiés.

First session

31th March, 2021. 03:00-05:00 Beirut time


Sawsan Abou Zainedin & Hani Fakhani Both Syrian architects and urban development practitioners with master’s degrees from the Bartlett’s Development Planning Unit at UCL. They co-found SAKAN, a programme aimed at developing alternative recovery-driven housing models in Syria.


Sari Hanafi (American University of Beirut) 

The Urbicide of Syria

The session will deconstruct the concept of urbicide in the Syrian context and its correlations with displacement and return to demonstrate how the urban sphere has been manipulated by the Syrian regime as part of a systematic strategy to enforce demographic engineering and consolidate authoritarian power.


Sawsan Abou Zainedin is a Syrian architect and urban development planner. Her work tackles the impact of urban processes and reconstruction efforts on social justice and peace. She has worked in research, and international and local development with academic institutions, think tanks, INGOs, Syrian civil society organizations and media outlets. Sawsan is a Chevening scholar. She holds MSc in Urban Development Planning with distinction from the Bartlett’s Development Planning Unit of University College London. She holds a post-graduate diploma from the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University, and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Aleppo.

Hani Fakhani is a Syrian architect and urban practitioner. His work focusses on housing and post-conflict reconstruction in Syria through research and practice. He holds a MSc with distinction in Building and Urban Design in Development from University College London where he researched the interrelations between reconstruction, governance, and peace in Syria. He is the co-founder of a private architectural services company that worked on a range of projects including urban regeneration, housing, and public service projects. He is also the co-founded a Syrian local architectural services company in Damascus which won national awards for urban development and infrastructure project proposals with Damascus Municipality and Governorate prior to 2011.

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