How the 'real' refugee is created and contested: inequalities, governmentality and agency in the context of Malian forced migration in Burkina Faso

The aim of my dissertation is to examine the disconnection between ideas of 'real' and 'not real' refugee generated in a humanitarian context.

In particular, it will look at how the various actors in the field (humanitarian workers, refugees and 'locals') reproduce, represent, negotiate and contest the unofficial category 'real refugee' in the context of Malian forced migration – focussing on the Kel-Tamasheq living in an urban context in Burkina Faso.

For my study, an ethnographic approach will be employed. This is valid for every stage of the project, from the way the field research in Burkina Faso will be carried out, to the final written product.