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Undocumented in Lebanon: Gendered Challenges and Coping Strategies of Stateless Persons and Refugees in Tripoli 


In Lebanon, the experiences of statelessness manifest in a variety of ways and present different challenges for the country’s diverse populations. This report focuses specifically on Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city. Emerging from 40 years of conflict, Tripoli is characterized by extreme poverty, marginalization by the state, political sectarianism, and the presence of a growing number of refugees.

For this report, BCARS has partnered with the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (The Fletcher School)  as part of the Tripoli Project. 

Read the full report on our new "Focus on Lebanon" page.

The Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (BCARS) is an international network in which policy makers, practitioners, and scholars from the U.S., Europe, and Arab Region meet and work collaboratively to advance policy and research, strengthen scholarship in and on the Arab Region, and mentor the next generation of policy analysts and scholars, especially from the Arab Region.


BCARS was founded in 2013 in response to the Arab Uprisings of 2010-2011 and the resulting challenges facing the citizens and governments of the Arab Region. The Uprisings also have presented a crisis for policy makers and scholars alike, compounding the historical and ongoing struggle of the American public to understand Arab cultures, contributions to humanity, and American interests related to the Middle East as a whole.


Our current areas of research and policy analysis explore the nexus of civil society, human rights, citizenship and migration across the Arab Region.  We convene our research and policy workshops primarily in Boston, Cairo, and Beirut; we also work with local partners in Amman, Berlin, Istanbul, Thessaloniki, and Belgrade.

BCARS was established with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, America's oldest grant making foundation. Andrew Carnegie founded the Corporation in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.

BCARS does:

Fact finding missions & field work      Conferences, workshops & briefings      Seminars, lectures & public outreach     Education & training      Graduate & undergraduate mentorship

To connect with, support, or join the BCARS network, please contact BCARS Director, Denis Sullivan at: d.sullivan@northeastern.edu

Our themes include:

Citizenship Rights in the Arab Region     Displacement & Migration      Civil Society & Human Rights

The Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies

210 Renaissance Park

1135 Tremont Street

Boston, MA 02115 


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