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Student Research Paper

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Spring 2020

Department 1



This essay engages with the growing reality of refugee resettlement, specifically in Europe, and aims to find roles for anthropology in this field. By drawing on the ideas of applied and public anthropology along with the long history of anthropological studies of migration, I intend to call the field of anthropology to action. Various potential roles exist for anthropologists in Europe that can alleviate the suffering of displaced individuals. Roles also exist for the field of anthropology to work towards more holistic and effective refugee resettlement. While this essay focuses primarily on resettlement in Europe, I hope it can spark conversations of anthropology and refugee resettlement across the world. The field of anthropology can and should engage with this increasingly important issue. It is time for anthropology to take action.


Written as a Senior Capstone in Anthropology.

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