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Fanny Christou

Fanny Christou

Postdoctoral Fellow

Fanny Christou

La territorialisation de la mobilisation politique de la diaspora palestinienne en Suède

The political mobilisation's territorialisation of the Palestinian diaspora in Sweden


  • Fanny Christou

Summary, in English

Nearly 25 years after the Oslo accords, the Palestinians are still in the quest for a State. The emigration of Palestinians from the Middle East is still increasing in volume and is directed towards more distant areas. In this respect, Sweden is one of the sites where part of the Palestinian diaspora can be found today, even though this movement constitutes the continuation of a migration that began in the 1970s and the 1980s.

The mobilization of Palestinians first began in different Middle-Eastern host territories as an expression of their political aspirations but also in response to their living conditions and their level of socio-political integration thereof. Today, the failure of the Oslo Accords and the absence of a “Palestinian spring” have contributed to a reconfigured territorialisation of the Palestinian diaspora political mobilization in territories situated beyond the first places of exile. With the ambition to transcend an approach centered on the Palestinian issues in the Middle-Eastern host territories, this research focuses on a micro-located analysis in Malmö, Sweden. In this context, it is crucial to understand what are the contours of this diasporic fluidity from the first host territories in the Middle-East to Sweden by questioning the spatial, identity and political fissures that are emerging. This doctoral research interrogates Palestinian mobility in the context of the evolution of forms of mobilization in Sweden. Through fieldwork with members of the Palestinian diaspora and participant observation, this thesis proposes a reading of the mobilization of Palestinians in exile. Thus, the migratory trajectories and the activist paths of the Palestinians reveal a specific territorialisation of their mobilization in a space beyond the early loci of exile in the Middle-East. So, we want to understand the meaning of “being Palestinian” by taking into consideration multidimensional factors situated at the crossroads of varied contexts and temporalities. By analyzing the socio-political practices of the Palestinians in Sweden, we want to contribute to a re-reading of the
political sense given to the territorialisation of the Palestinian mobilization in the post Oslo context, while the Palestinian emigration to northern Europe is still relevant. Our research analyses different Palestinian migration waves from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the Palestinian territories in order to understand the implications of the politicization of the Palestinian diaspora members who sought refuge in Sweden through their identity and activist transformations.


  • MECW: The Middle East in the Contemporary World

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  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary