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The In-Betweens of Space and Time in Transit: Spatial and temporal realities for urban refugees in Eastleigh, Nairobi
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This is a study on how Somali and Oromo refugees manage under uncertain circumstances in Eastleigh, Nairobi. Fleeing from war, persecution and violence, the refugees expected to find protection and a quick transfer to a third country, which was not the case. Instead, they ended up in being stuck, unsafe, and questioned. The refugees aimed for resettlement to a third country; a decision depending on approval from the hosting state, a receiving state, and UNHCR. This process normally included 8-10 years or more of waiting and a positive answer was not guaranteed. The spatial realities in displacement in Eastleigh included a status of illegitimacy, socioeconomic hardships, and unpredictability of an eventual resettlement in a third country. In the protracted waiting for resettlement they struggle to become part of the place but in the state of transit, and in an excluding context, they are in-between – in a liminal state in both space and time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 72
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Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 78
Keywords [en]
Eastleigh, forced migration, space, place, displacement, refugees, resettlement
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Social Anthropology Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-354371OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-354371DiVA, id: diva2:1221124
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Cultural Anthropology
Educational program
Master Programme in the Humanities - Cultural Anthropology
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Available from: 2018-06-19 Created: 2018-06-19 Last updated: 2018-06-19Bibliographically approved

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