With the growing rates of involuntary (forced) migration and even traditional migration (movement from one country to another in search of work opportunities, better lifestyle, study, etc.); the movement of these bodies raises their vulnerability to be constructed as threats. The same threat they are fleeing from is being attached to them as they attempt to seek security elsewhere. This intersection of migration and securitization studies especially emerged because of the interconnectedness of the world that is majorly facilitated by globalization.

Within this context, this thesis examines how Syrian refugees in Lebanon are racialized because of a securitization process perpetuated by speech acts. It also looks at race and racism in relation to colonialism as the root cause for the construction of such notions. Within the Lebanese context, this thesis also looks at nationalism and religion from the Lebanese perspective in an attempt to explain the racist securitizing attitude towards those refugees


School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Political Science Department

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

Graduation Date

Summer 6-17-2021

Submission Date


First Advisor

Sean Lee

Committee Member 1

Sophie Haspeslagh

Committee Member 2

Mostafa Hefny


100 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval

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