DOI: 10.1093/jrs/fead047 ISSN: 0951-6328

2021 Elizabeth Colson Lecture, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford

Heath Cabot
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Geography, Planning and Development


This article features a long-term refugee in Greece who decided to return to his home country in the face of severe illness. I ask what his illness and treatment in Greece, and ultimately his return to Sudan, reveal about protection regimes: as he sought care, respite from pain, and a good—or at least dignified—death. His return enabled him to be among family again, in once-familiar places, and to be laid to rest among ancestors. Yet rather than reading his return as a form of closure or resolution, I probe its afterlives: the frayed, tangled, still-unfurling edges of the story, which speak to the ongoing nature of displacement.

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