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Resettled Iraqi Refugees in the United States: War, Refuge, Belonging, Participation, and Protest

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Forced Migration

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Resettled Iraqi Refugees in the United States

War, Refuge, Belonging, Participation, and Protest

Jared Keyel

228 pages, 1 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-842-3 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (February 2023)

eISBN 978-1-80073-843-0 eBook Not Yet Published

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“This is a very important book on a question of moral importance to the United States: namely, what does the U.S. government owe to Iraqis whose country has been shattered by long-term U.S. military intervention there? This book answers with a powerful message about the importance of Iraqi refugee resettlement in the U.S., and the encouragement of their democratic participation and inclusion in American society.” • Marcia C. Inhorn, Yale University


The American war against Iraq has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and displaced millions of people. Between 20 March 2003 and 30 September 2017, more than 172,000 Iraqis resettled in the United States. This book explores the experiences of fifteen Iraqis who resettled in the US after 2003. It examines the long war against Iraq that began in 1991 and the decisions some Iraqis made to leave their homes and seek refuge in the United States. The book also delves into the possibilities for belonging and cultural exchange for this cohort of Iraqis and their political engagement with non-profit organizations, advocacy, and activism against the 2017 Travel Ban.

Jared Keyel is a research fellow at Colorado State University. His research explores the displacement caused by American wars, and opportunities for resettled refugees to engage in social and political struggles in societies of refuge. Since 2017, he has also served as a tutor, treasurer, and board member for the Blacksburg Refugee Partnership, a community resettlement initiative in Southwest Virginia.

Subject: Refugee and Migration StudiesPolitical and Economic AnthropologyAnthropology (General)
Area: North America


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