BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Fall 2018

Date of Submission



Dr. Sheba Saeed, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


Global refugee numbers are rising at an unprecedented pace. In such a world the case of the Afghan refugees has become one that plays a central role in how refugee populations are imagined and perceived and how perceptions play a role in the formulation and implementation of governmental policies in tackling refugees crises the world over. The issue of Afghan refugees is one that has come to define the relationship between the states of Pakistan and Afghanistan and significant efforts have been taken on both sides of the border to manage the crisis. The managing of the crisis is inherently tied to how the crisis is thought about in the first place. In this thesis, through a visual analysis of the images published in Dawn between 2015 and 2016 I argue as to how there was a shift from the refugee crisis being understood as a political crisis to one that became a humanitarian crisis. The shifting of crises ends up informing not only how the refugees are treated in groups and individuals but also informed the kinds of stakeholders that changed the way the entire crisis was managed by the relevant institutions.

Through the thesis I also hope to explore the various ways in which state bureaucracies, militaries and politicians come together at different levels, coordinating between themselves and various non-governmental international and local actors such the UNHCR in the formation and implementation of programs of refugee management.



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