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Unprotected: Palestinians in Egypt since 1948

Oroub El-Abed
Institute for Palestinian Studies, IDRC

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Oroub El-Abed’s excellent work casts a new and extremely useful light on the situation of a rarely studied segment of the Palestinian diaspora. Without a doubt, it is the seminal work on Palestinian refugees in Egypt.
– Rex Brynen, Coordinator, Palestinian Refugee ResearchNet, McGill University, Canada

Based on personal interviews with Palestinian families, Oroub El-Abed examines the effects of displacement and the livelihood strategies that Palestinians have employed while living in Egypt. The author also analyzes the impact of fluctuating Egyptian government policies on the Palestinian way of life. With limited basic human rights and in the context of very poor living conditions for Egyptians in general, Palestinians in Egypt have had to employ an array of both tangible and intangible assets to survive. By providing an account of how they marshalled these assets, this book aims to contribute to the expanding literature on forced migration and the theoretical understanding of the livelihoods of Palestinians in their “host” countries.

The author

Oroub El-Abed is currently working on her PhD at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Since 1999, she has taught at the American University in Cairo and worked in various capacities for the Jordanian government’s Department of Palestinian Affairs, the World Bank, the United Nations, the French Institute for the Near East (IFPO) in Amman, and several international NGOs.