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Rewriting Citizenship in Displacement: Displaced People’s Struggles for Rights
Lyla Mehta and Rebecca Napier-Moore
For displaced people , citizenship(or the lack of it) is a crucial issue . Displaced people are denied formal citizenship and rights but are now claiming them , subjectively seeing their de facto experience as live d citizenship. Protests, claim assertions and transnational alliances are ways in which their struggle for rights is manifested. Much of the existing literature tends to focus on a top- down understanding of displaced people as citizens/non- citizens and the formal processes available (or not available ) to them, ignoring the importance of informal processes as well as local agency and practice, w hich this article explores through case study examples. The article also examines displacement in the light of differing theoretical meanings of citizenship, and asks to what extent the forced migrant is a global or transnational citizen.

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