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Offshore Citizens: Permanent Temporary Status in the Gulf

March 3, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

How and why are certain groups neither fully included nor simply expelled by a state? What does it mean to be suspended in limbo—residing in a territory for extended periods without ever accruing any citizenship rights? In this webinar, Professor Noora Lori will discuss her recent book, Offshore Citizens: Permanent Temporary Status in the Gulf, an in-depth case study of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This book shows that not all populations are fully included or expelled by a state; they can be suspended in limbo – residing in a territory for protracted periods without accruing citizenship rights. Lori uses new archival sources and extensive interviews to show how temporary residency can be transformed into a permanent legal status, through visa renewals and the postponement of naturalization cases.

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Co-sponsored by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program.


March 3, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World