Clayton Boeyink





Clayton analyses the economic constraints imposed on Burundian and Congolese refugees in Tanzania through strict encampment policies as well as the ingenuity and agency refugees demonstrate daily in circumventing these restrictions through of mobility in general and extensive systems of agricultural land and labour and networks of resold food rations across Tanzania and East Africa. I re-centre politics and history through conceptualizing modern refugee camps as ‘trifurcated states’ where authority is fluid, contested, and negotiated between host state, humanitarian, and refugee actors. 

Title of PhD Thesis: The Politics and Practices of Self-Reliance in and around Refugee Camps in Western Tanzania


Recent publications:

Boeyink, C. (2019) ‘The “Worthy” Refugee: Cash as a Diagnostic of “Xeno-Racism” and “Bio-legitimacy”’ Refuge, 35(1).

Boeyink, C. (Forthcoming 2020) ‘Sufficiently Invisible/Invisibly Self-Sufficient: Mobilities in Displacement Agriculture in Western Tanzania’ in Invisibility in African Displacements: From Structural Marginalization to Strategies of Avoidance (eds. Jesper Bjarnesen & Simon Turner). London & New York: Zed Books.

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