The Idea of ‘Belonging’ and Citizenship Among Refugees: Some Theoretical Considerations

  • Nasreen Chowdhory


The chapter interrogates the consequences of nation-building projects of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, especially how state constructed boundaries of belonging and citizenship. Theoretically, the chapter illustrates the claims of asylum states that exclude the rights of non-nationals, especially refugees, and the politics of marginalization within refugees’ countries of origin create the conditions for refugee flow that are later replicated in their countries of asylum. The chapter asserts that the lack of recognition of the asylum state goes a long way towards marginalizing non-citizens on the basis of the politics of belonging, rooted in notions of membership in the nation-state.


State Nation-building Belonging Citizenship Refugee repatriation 


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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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