Institute for Migration Studies (IMS)

Borders and Limitations: The IMS Blog

Launched in December 2021, the Institute for Migration Studies’ “Borders and Limitations” blog is designed to serve as a platform that publishes content from scholars, practitioners, policymakers, researchers and students on pressing and ongoing intersections within the Migration and Forced Migration discourses. The “Borders and Limitations” blog is edited by the Institute’s Director, Dr. Jasmin Lilian Diab, and Strategic Communications Writer, Luther J. Kanso.

The “Borders and Limitations” blog has an open and ongoing call for submissions. Accepted submissions are typically between 800 and 1,200 words. The blog adopts direct hyperlinks as its referencing style. Areas of focus of this blog include (but are not limited to):


A Challenge for Lebanon’s Sovereignty: The Implications of Palestinian Refugees’ Militarization Death, Migration and Identity: Comparing Burial Practices Among Refugees and Migrants in Lebanon and Morocco Where Are We Going? Testimonies of Movement, Pain and Exchange The Importance of Trauma-Informed Approaches in Research on Displaced and Vulnerable Groups Mitigating Period Poverty Among Syrian Refugee Women in Lebanon: How a Local Organization Is Making a Contribution Don’t Second-Victimize Me: Interviewing GBV Survivors from Displaced Communities Using Trauma-Informed Techniques On Home and Belonging: A History of Exchange Between Greek and Turkish Populations Living in Fear After the “Beast” Is Gone: Navigating GBV, Survival and Trauma in Asylum Settings Palestinian and Syrian Refugees’ Access to Education in Lebanon: A Comparative Approach The Role of Humanitarian Architecture in Shaping and Assisting Refugees and Displaced Populations Working Migrant Mothers and Their Children: Overcoming the Consequences of Absence My Neighbor is No Longer an IDP! From Drought to Disaster? The Debate on the Syrian Conflict and Climate Change What the Kafala System Continues to Reveal about Lebanon’s Alarming History with Migrant Labor Environmental Determinants of Migration: Air Pollution in Developing Nations Canada as a Peacemaker and Refugee-friendly Nation in the Middle East: Challenges to Foreign Policy and Influence The Demographic Landscape of Northern Iraq Post-ISIS: Stranded Minorities Nationality-based Aid and the Role of Humanitarian Actors in the Making of Non-prioritized Refugees Working with LGBTIQ+ Persons in Forced Displacement: Narratives from Afghanistan and Lebanon In Lieu of the 1951 Refugee Convention: The Role of UNHCR-Host State Memoranda of Understanding in the Middle East The Challenges of EU Temporary Protection: Double Standards vs. Durable Solutions Integration and Mental Health: The Case of the Uyghur Diaspora Displaced Inside and Outside Borders: The Fate of Afghan Refugees During and Following American Evacuation The Role of NGOs within Search and Rescue Activities at Sea Defining Persecution: The Case of Climate Refugees and the 1951 Convention Childhood and Displacement in Yemen’s Protracted Crisis Mercy at Sea in a Post-Pandemic World: The Story of a Migrant Fisher The Role of Complementary Pathways for Refugees in Light of Resettlement Gaps Environmental Migration at the International Level: What’s There, What’s Not, and What’s Needed? The Dom in Lebanon: Citizens, Migrants, Refugees and Nomads The Lebanese Trend of Emigration: A New Peak Since 2019? Lebanon: A Country of Refuge or Transit? Virtual Borders: A Perpetuation of Lebanese Quandary? The Role of the Lebanese Diaspora in the Country’s Upcoming Elections The Lebanese Diaspora: From Passive to Retaliatory