Summary of Reconsidering vulnerability and its strategic use in refugee protection: a conceptual framework based on the life stories of refugee women from Syria in Quebec/Canada and Lebanon

This chapter aims to reconsider the notion of vulnerability in light of research conducted in Quebec/Canada and Lebanon with Syrian women considered to belong to a particularly vulnerable group, since they hold primary responsibility for supporting their families in exile. It is important to re-establish a meaning of vulnerability that is in tune with the ambivalent experiences of people undergoing forced displacement and that can provide avenues for response that go beyond strategic essentialization and victimization of people who are considered vulnerable but not necessarily eligible for protection.

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