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This dissertation explores refugees' capabilities of inventing creative agencies to establish safeguard and solidarity in situations of hardship. Drawing on the field of legal anthropology, the aim is to analyse these strategies beyond the binary axis of domination versus re-sistance. While recognising the vulnerability of refugees resulting from the context in which they are situated, this analysis does not perceive refugees as merely helpless victims devoid of agency, nor as simple actors of resistance to grasp the complex interrelation between governance and opposition. This theoretical debate is illustrated with a case study on the ex-iled Rohingyas in Malaysia. Based on my fieldwork in Malaysia, mainly Kuala Lumpur, I dis-cuss the extent, to which the Rohingyas are able to make use of the liminal space in which they find themselves to sustain their lives, support each other, collaborate and dream.

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