The current Syrian refugee crises have captured the world's attention. Much of the existing research have focused on the humanitarian and security impacts of Syrians' displacement in hosting countries. This research, explores how Syrian refugees in el-Rehab city are unique through focusing on their economic and social impacts on the city since the beginning of their arrival in 2011. The study also sheds light on the relation of Syrian refugees and the Egyptian state. Moreover, it states the distinct reasons that dejects them from registering as asylum seekers with UNHCR. Syrians' and Egyptians' integration in el-Rehab city existed through shared work and life experience. The study found a high degree of successful integration approach. However, several challenges persist. Along the way, the thesis provides recommendations that can amplify the positive benefits of Syrian refugees while modifying the negative consequences. Finally, during the fieldwork, through the participants' voices, numerous themes emerged explaining the challenges that Syrian females face. Like many Egyptian women, harassment is one of their daily lives challenges. Moreover, most of the Syrian women I interviewed are new comers to the labor market as they were only housewives in Syria. The research highlights Syrian women's struggle in coping with their new lifestyle in a new hosting country. The thesis explores the media's role in generating the stereotype of Egyptian-Syrian marriages and its effects on the perceptions of Syrian women within the Egyptian community.


Sociology, Egyptology & Anthroplology Department

Degree Name

MA in Sociology-Anthropology

Graduation Date

Fall 2017

Submission Date


First Advisor

Gerda Heck

Committee Member 1

Sossy Kasbarian

Committee Member 2

Helen Rizzo


113 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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