POLSIS Academic Discusses Migration Diplomacy in Jordan

Dr. Gerasimos Tsourapas, a Lecturer in Middle East Politics at POLSIS, was invited to give a public lecture on Middle East migration diplomacy at Amman's Sijal Institute on 15 July 2017.

Dr. Tsourapas discussed how labour migration features in international diplomacy, and how it affects relations between sending and host states of the Middle East. Drawing on his published work, he explored the use of inter-Arab migration as an instrument of state coercion in the post-“Arab Spring” era. In particular, Dr. Tsourapas highlighted the role of labour migration in shaping Jordanian-Egyptian and Libyan-Egyptian relations in 2012-13. Employing both qualitative and quantitative data, he shed light on the unexplored aspects of the international relations of labour migration, arguing that it constitutes a powerful, uniquely-political tool of interstate bargaining.

Dr. Tsourapas' visit to Amman and his public lecture were supported by the Council for British Research in the Levant [2017/18 Pilot Study Award] and by a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant [Grant Number SG163246].