The End Of The Refugee Cycle? Refugee Repatriation And Reconstruction

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Chosen by The Humanitarian Times as one of the Top Ten Titles on Humanitarian Issues of 1998.
At the start of the 1990s, there was great optimism that the end of the Cold War might also mean the end of the "refugee cycle" - both a breaking of the cycle of violence, persecution and flight, and the completion of the cycle for those able to return to their homes. The 1990s, it was hoped, would become the "decade of repatriation." However, although over nine million refugees were repatriated worldwide between 1991 and 1995, there are reasons to believe that it will not necessarily be a durable solution for refugees. It certainly has become clear that "the end of the refugee cycle" has been much more complex, and ultimately more elusive, than expected. The changing constructions and realities of refugee repatriation provide the backdrop for this book which presents new empirical research on examples of refugee repatriation and reconstruction. Apart from providing up-to-date material, it also fills a more fundamental gap in the literature which has tended to be based on pedagogical reasoning rather than actual field research. Adopting a global perspective, this volume draws together conclusions from highly varied experiences of refugee repatriation and defines repatriation and reconstruction as part of a wider and interrelated refugee cycle of displacement, exile and return. The contributions come from authors with a wealth of relevant practical and academic experience, spanning the continents of Africa, Asia, Central America, and Europe.
Richard Black is Lecturer in Human Geography at the School of African and Asian Studies, University of Sussex, where he moved in 1995 from King's College, London.
Khalid Koser is Research Fellow in the School of African and Asian Studies, University of Sussex and was previously Research Fellow in the Migration Research Unit at University College, London.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571817150
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/22/1999
  • Series: Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
1 The End of the Refugee Cycle? 2
2 Researching Repatriation and Reconstruction: Who is Researching What and Why? 18
3 Revisiting a 'Repatriation Success': The Case of Cambodia 38
4 Repatriation and Reconstruction: The Case Of Afghanistan 56
5 Contradictions and Control in Repatriation: Negotiations for the Return of 500,000 Eritrean Refugees 69
6 Repatriation from South Africa to Mozambique - Undermining Durable Solutions? 85
7 Repatriation from the European Union to Bosnia-Herzegovina: the Role of Information 110
8 The Point of No Return: The Politics of the Swiss Tamil Repatriation Agreement 126
9 The 'Self' in Self-Repatriation: Closing Down Mugunga Camp, Eastern Zaire 142
10 From 'Refugee' to 'Repatriate': Russian Repatriation Discourse in the Making 171
11 Why Angolan Soldiers Worry about Demobilisation and Reintegration 198
12 Repatriation and Everyday Forms of State Formation in Guatemala 210
13 Examining the Discourse of Repatriation: Towards a More Proactive Theory of Return Migration 227
Notes on Contributors 245
Bibliography 249
Index 271
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