Refugee Politics in the Middle East and North Africa: Human by AKM Ahsan Ullah (auth.)

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I offer examples from a different perspective. For instance, South Korea, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, has been trying to establish itself as an economically and socially progressive state at the global level through a number of initiatives. One of such initiative is the Brain Korea or BK21 program (see Ullah 2007). This may, in turn, trigger reckless competition and a sense of pride among Koreans. Another pertinent example could be presented from Malaysia. Recently, universities in Malaysia imposed conditions on teachers to publish in journals indexed by ISI.

Despite calls from the Jewish leadership for Arabs to remain in their lands, the Jewish military acted in contradictory 24 Refugee Politics in the Middle East and North Africa manner, looting and vandalizing Arab property. Haganah, the Jewish paramilitary organization, in a retaliatory strike partially evacuated many neighboring areas. In order to tighten the situation in Haifa, Tira had been attacked by the Haganah, and this led to mass evacuation (Morris 2004). The large-scale return of refugees was seen by Jews as a threat to the Jewish state.

However, as argued above, the second and third generations face identity confusion more than any other generations. I call taking or holding the identity of the destination country a “loss of self,” a term I do not intend as pejorative. Losing the self could happen Rights, Safety, and Identity 17 First Generation y tit en Id y ca de Second Generation nd tre Third Generation Fourth Generation ... 2 Generation hierarchy Source: Ullah (2013). in two ways: under duress and voluntarily. The former applies to forced migrants and refugees and the latter to formal applicants for immigration to developed countries (Ullah 2013).

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