Refugee camps as spaces of rescue in times of Covid-19: invisible mobilities in Bourj Albarajenah

Yafa El Masri, Paola Minoia

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This paper aims to explore the peculiarity of the pandemic in stateless communities. Through a case study from a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, we analyse how Palestinian refugees were affected by and responded to the pandemic. We find that the legal exclusion of refugees from the state protection has generated invisible mobility, which further increased the risk of spreading the virus. Refugees have founded their own community response mechanisms of food sharing and crowdfunding. They established Aman medical centre in the camp, which has become a destination for infected, yet undocumented, residents of the city. We conclude how Palestinian refugees used this invisible mobility to save other refugees, therefore proving how refugee camps can become spaces of rescue in times of global emergency.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRivista Geografica Italiana
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)5-28
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 519 Social and economic geography
  • 5203 Global Development Studies

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