Since 2003, over 4 million Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes, in what amounts to one of the largest people movements in modern times, far exceeding the Palestinian outflow after 1948. Despite media reports of an improved security situation in Iraq, the majority of refugees are still afraid to return. The social, economic, political and security consequences of such an event are huge. In this rigorous and timely book, Joseph Sassoon explores the underlying trends of Iraq's refugee flow: which class, ethnic and sectarian groups are going where and how. Based on extensive original research, he examines the economic impact of this exodus on Iraq itself, and on the host countries of the region: Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. He analyzes international policy on the refugee issue, and assesses the options for return and resettlement. "Exodus Iraq" is both the first and the definitive guide to what will come to be seen as one of the most significant issues affecting the Middle East.
Joseph Sassoon is an independent academic based in London. Born in Baghdad, he completed his doctorate at St Antony's College, Oxford. He is the author of numerous books on the Iraqi economy and the Middle East region.