The Politics of Migration in Egypt

Gerasimos Tsourapas, Associate Professor in Middle East Politics, University of Birmingham; Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, presents on his new book, “The Politics of Migration in Egypt.”

How does labor migration facilitate authoritarianism? Dr. Tsourapas examines how migration and political power are inextricably linked, identifying the ways through which authoritarian regimes rely on the export of human capital across the Middle East and the Global South. In Egypt, the ruling elite has long shaped labour emigration policy in accordance with internal and external tactics aimed at regime survival. Dr. Tsourapas draws on a wealth of previously-unavailable archival sources in Arabic and English, as well as extensive original interviews with Egyptian elites and policy-makers in order to produce a novel account of authoritarian politics in the Arab world. He offers new insights into the evolution and political rationale behind regime strategies towards migration, from Gamal Abdel Nasser's 1952 Revolution to the 2011 Arab Uprisings.

12:00 pm on Thursday, October 10, 2019
2:00 pm on Thursday, October 10, 2019
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