Since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011, Syrian refugee children have withstood violence, uncertainty, fear, trauma and loss. This book follows their journeys by bringing together scholars and practitioners to reflect on how to make their situation better and to get this knowledge to as many front liners - across European and neighbouring countries in the Middle East - as possible.

The book is premised on the underlying conception of refugee children as not merely a vulnerable contingent of the displaced Syrian population, but one that possesses a certain agency for change and progress. In this vein, the various contributions aim to not just de-securitize the ‘conversation’ on migration that frequently centres on the presumed insecurity that refugees personify. They also de-securitize the figure and image of the refugee. Through the stories of the youngest and most vulnerable, they demonstrate that refugee children are not mere opaque figures on who we project our insecurities. Instead, they embody potentials and opportunities for progress that we need to nurture, as young refugees find themselves compelled to both negotiate the practical realities of a life in exile, and situate themselves in changing and unfamiliar sociocultural contexts. Drawing on extensive field research, this edited volume points in the direction of a new rights based framework which will safeguard the future of these children and their well-being.

Offering a comparative lens between approaches to tackling refugees in the Middle East and Europe, this book will appeal to students and scholars of refugees and migration studies, human rights, as well as anyone with an interest in the Middle East or Europe.

chapter 1|7 pages

The young and exiled

An introduction
BySomdeep Sen, Michelle Pace

chapter 2|12 pages

The EU–Turkey deal and the impact on refugee children

ByMichelle Pace

chapter 3|12 pages

The processes of integration and education

The case of Syrian refugees and Syrian refugee children in Turkey 1
ByDogus Simsek

chapter 4|14 pages

The resilience of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

ByMichel Maragel, Sandra Manachi

chapter 5|13 pages

From a state of shock to agency in liminality

Syrians and their children on the move
ByJosepha Ivanka Wessels

chapter 6|14 pages

An emerging framework for providing education to Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

ByBassel Akar, Erik van Ommering

chapter 7|11 pages

The right to have rights of Syrian refugee youth

Two stories about the possibilities of membership in exile
ByLisa Maren Steller

chapter 8|17 pages

“They are from a country, and we are from another”

The intersection of education and social cohesion between Syrian refugees and their host community in Lebanon
ByLana Khattab, Chiara Butti, Ilina Slavova

chapter 9|12 pages

Writing the ‘refugee crisis’

Proposals for activist research
BySomdeep Sen

chapter 10|5 pages

The young and exiled

A postscript
ByJennifer Skulte-Ouaiss