In the absence of access to citizenship rights and permanent residencies in the Gulf States, Syrian migrants of the Gulf are increasingly seeking alternative permanencies elsewhere. Through an ethnography in Berlin and Hamburg, this project aims to explore how Syrians, born and raised in the UAE, navigate the ‘asylum seeking route’ to Western Europe, taking into consideration the situation in Syria and its effects upon their relationship to citizenship and future plans, within the Gulf and Europe. AvH, 2021
50 in-depth, semi structured qualitative interviews with Syrian nationals over six months of fieldwork. Reflecting the heterogeneity of Syrian communities in the Gulf, interviewees will include males and females who are representing a diverse set of socio-economic, geographic, and cultural backgrounds. Considering the focus is on the Syrians who already left the UAE, interviews with those in the UAE will be conducted virtually.