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Sumaya Alkased

About this Interview

Sumaya Alqased was interviewed by her cousin and AAST 3151/HIST 3672 Public History in Arab Detroit student, Huda Algasid, in person at her home on February 23rd, 2022.  She reflects on the impact of her family’s flight from southern Iraq in the wake of the Gulf War, her early years living in a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia, and her eventual arrival in southeast Michigan. Alqased then reflects on their visits back to Iraq (and, in the case of some family members, return to Iraq).

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For Further Reading

Fernbrant, Cecilia, Birgitta Essén, Per-Olof Östergren, and Elizabeth Cantor-Graae. "Navigating between Control and Autonomy: Recently Arrived Iraqi Refugees' Perceptions regarding Honor, Well-being, and Risk for Intimate Partner Violence." Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies 11, no. 2 (2013): 178-197. Link.

Inhorn, Marcia C. "Searching for Love and Test-Tube Babies: Iraqi Refugee Men in Reproductive Exile on the Margins of Detroit." Medical Anthropology 37, no. 2 (2018): 145-157. Link.

Lysa, Charlotte. "Governing Refugees in Saudi Arabia (1948-2022)." Refugee Survey Quarterly 42, no. 1 (2023): 1-28. Link.

Micinski, Nicholas R. "Are You A Terrorist? Comparing Security Screening for Iraqi Asylum Seekers in the United States and Sweden." International Migration 57, no. 4 (2019): 58-74. Link.

Sanders, Ben and Merrill Smith. "The Iraqi Refugee Disaster." World Policy Journal 24, no. 3 (2007): 23-28. Link.

Sundvall, Maria, David Titelman, Valerie DeMarinis, Liubov Borisova, and Önver Çetrez. "Safe but Isolated – an Interview Study with Iraqi Refugees in Sweden about Social Networks, Social Support, and Mental Health." International Journal of Social Psychiatry 67, no. 4 (2021): 351-359. Link.

Yako, Rihab Mousa and Bipasha Biswas. "“We Came to this Country for the Future of our Children. we have no Future”: Acculturative Stress among Iraqi Refugees in the United States." International Journal of Intercultural Relations 38, (2014): 133-141. Link