Maaï Youssef is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Pantheon Sorbonne University (Paris 1). Her research explores the effects of political contexts on Syrian exiles in Egypt and Turkey, along with political activism and the building of transnational networks in exile within authoritarian contexts.
Egyptian public policies towards migrants and refugees provides her with an original material to question the many phases of the Egyptian political transition, and particularly its authoritarian turn since July 2013. Based on a ethnographic approach, her research focuses on local dynamics and daily routines of Syrians migrant populations. Maaï Youssef has been conducted fieldwork in Egypt, Sudan, Turkey and Iraq.