How do pre-migration political experiences impact refugees’ political behavior and interest in integration within host states? Through in-depth interviews with Iraqi refugees of varying ethno-religious backgrounds and relationships to Saddam Hussein's regime, Isaac found that groups who faced marginalization in Iraq were less interested in integration broadly in comparison to non-marginalized groups. Both groups were similarly mobilized by religious and civic institutions, on par with the literature on immigrant political participation. This presentation focuses on the research methods Isaac used to conduct fieldwork and to organize my dissertation.

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