Protracted Refugee Situations: Political, Human Rights and Security Implications

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  • Edited Gil Loescher, James Milner, Edward Newman and Gary Troeller

    ISBN-10: 92-808-1158-4,
    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1158-2
    United Nations University Press
    July 2008

    Over two-thirds of the world’s refugees are trapped in protracted refugee situations, struggling to survive in remote and insecure parts of the world. This volume brings together a collection of eminent scholars and practitioners to explore the sources, nature and consequences of these situations and the record of the international community’s attempts to find durable solutions. On this basis, the volume presents new thinking to address protracted refugee situations that incorporates security and development—as well as humanitarian—actors and attempts to reconcile the policy difficulties which have obstructed progress for many years.

    “This excellent volume considers the causes and impact of this crisis and exposes the consequences that we face – across the broad spectrum of human rights, politics and security – if we do not respond effectively and humanely. It also points to policy ideas and prescriptions that should be considered seriously in the future.”
    –António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

    “Protracted Refugee Situations draws upon some of the most thoughtful scholars and experts in the field. It is a must for policy makers and practitioners as well as academics who seek durable solutions for the millions of refugees who find themselves in the limbo of protracted situations.”
    –Susan F. Martin, Donald G. Herzberg Chair in International Migration and Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

    Gil Loescher is a visiting professor at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, and emeritus professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. James Milner is an assistant professor of political science at Carleton University, Canada. Edward Newman is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. Gary Troeller’s recent appointments include Co-Chair of the Inter-university Committee on International Migration, and visiting lecturer in the Department of Political Science, MIT. He is a former senior official with UNHCR.