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Precarious Places: Social cohesion, resilience and place attachment of refugees in Lebanon

Principal Investigator: Dr Helen Adams, King's College London


Lebanon has absorbed over a million-people fleeing the conflict in Syria. Weak governance and limited resources threaten the wellbeing of newly arrived populations and exacerbate tensions with host populations. The protracted nature of the Syrian conflict requires consideration of long term solutions to the refugee crisis. This project uses place attachment to understand:

a) wellbeing in precarious mobile populations; and

b) root causes of social tensions between newly-arrived and host populations.

The research does this by testing hypotheses on the role of place attachment in building resilience and the role of place identity in causing social tensions. Thus, the project can inform interventions to build positive resilience and social cohesion in displaced and host populations. Ultimately, the viability and relative merits of repatriation, resettlement or integration will depend on the nature of the place attachments of those affected.


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