Rethinking borders: The dynamics of syrian displacement to Lebanon

Filippo Dionigi*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Borders and territoriality are key components of modern forms of statehood, yet their relevance appears to be challenged by interstate movements of peoples. This essay proposes a reconceptualization of borders as "thin borders" to develop an analytical framework of the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon going beyond a conventional understanding of Westphalian statehood. Looking at historical and contemporary events, the analysis highlights several transborder dynamics influencing the process of refugees' displacement from Syria to Lebanon. It then illustrates the complex nature of borders as multilayered entities regulating the flow of people from Syria to Lebanon in a way that transcends the idea of national territoriality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-248
Number of pages17
JournalMiddle East Law and Governance
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2017


  • Borders
  • Lebanon
  • Refugees
  • Statehood
  • Syria
  • Territoriality

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