Donya Alinejad and Saskia Baas
Syrian migration is perhaps the most pressing displacement phenomenon of our time. Yet few political progressives in Europe have engaged seriously with its reasons and consequences. This issue of Crisis Magazine brings together a range of expert perspectives that reveal the deeper dynamics behind Syrian migration. We aim to develop a new political narrative from the Left as a response to the limiting frame of “the migrant crisis.”
Yassin Al-Haj Saleh
Assadism willfully manufactured sectarian divides. These divisions are now emerging as genocidal formations that imply a readiness to annihilate others. What does Syria show us about the need to resist political leaders’ weaponization of group identities?
Understanding the root causes of the Syrian conflict must include an analysis of socio-economic transformations that preceded the 2011 uprising. Fast tracked economic liberalization of the 2000’s deepened economic inequalities and eroded social safety nets, causing part of the disenfranchisement that prompted the protests.
Incarceration and torture have been standard tools of Syria’s repressive state apparatus since the installation of the Assad regime in the 1960s. Exposing the conditions in the prisons has long been part of Syria’s counter-culture, and remains a key element of the Syrian revolutionary movement today.
The Syrian revolution received little solidarity from the progressive left across the world due to the anti-imperialist track record of the Assad regime. What is that record and how much importance should we give it?
As current international pushes for Syrian refugee returns take hold, European solidarity efforts must understand that the danger of return is not simply war but corrupt and brutal state repression.
Diplomatic deals between the EU and regional refugee host countries are among the least visible border securitization measures emerging in recent years. Far from offering clear solutions, these deals raise a range of new problems.
Since the onset of the Syrian crisis, Turkey has hosted an impressive number of Syrian refugees. But the Turkish approach to integration is based on a neo-liberal ideology that leaves the majority of Syrians in a state of precarity without access to fundamental rights.
Ilse van Liempt, Rima Dali, and Esmee van Schuppen
War and displacement have lasting effects on gender norms within intimate relationships. Research on Syrian migrant women and couples investigates the significant rise in Syrian divorce rates since the war, showing the toll of conflict and resettlement on love, social relations, and marriages.
The 2015 migrant crisis paved the way for the rise of the far right party, Alternative fur Deutchland (AfD), in Germany. While economic insecurity is often quoted as a key contributor to the party’s popularity, the dynamics are far more complex.