The State of the World's Refugees 2012: In Search of Solidarity

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Sixty years after the establishment of the UNHCR, refugees - people who flee across an international border to escape war or persecution - remain at the core of the agency's work. But UNHCR is also called upon to aid people who are displaced within the borders of their own countries, and to address the plight of stateless persons - those not considered as citizens by any country. The book looks at UNHCR's work with these three groups, bringing readers up-to-date on developments since 2006, when the last edition ...
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Overview


Sixty years after the establishment of the UNHCR, refugees - people who flee across an international border to escape war or persecution - remain at the core of the agency's work. But UNHCR is also called upon to aid people who are displaced within the borders of their own countries, and to address the plight of stateless persons - those not considered as citizens by any country. The book looks at UNHCR's work with these three groups, bringing readers up-to-date on developments since 2006, when the last edition in this series was published.

Drawing on UNHCR's direct experience, eight chapters address key challenges, starting with the diminishing space for humanitarian action in places like Somalia and Afghanistan. Protracted conflicts mean that fewer refugees are able to return home, yet restrictive state policies limit possibilities for local integration and resettlement, and threaten the institution of asylum. Rising numbers are displaced within their own countries, driven from their homes by climate change and natural disasters, as well as by conflict and human rights abuses. Refugees and displaced people increasingly live in cities rather than in camps, and are harder to reach. Statelessness, an anachronism in the 21st century, is prevalent on all continents, leaving millions of lives in limbo. The closing chapter addresses the book's central theme: how to develop international solidarity to help states shoulder their responsibilities for the forcibly displaced. Case studies drawn from UNHCR's work in the field illustrate the issues.

Now in its sixth edition, The State of the World's Refugees is an invaluable resource for academics, practitioners, policy makers, students and anyone interested in international politics and in the work of the UN refugee agency.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199654758
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/18/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 513,109
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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UNHCR is the United Nations Refugee Agency. Created in 1951 to resolve refugee problems remaining from the Second World War, it has grown into one of the largest international humanitarian agencies. UNHCR has twice been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work. Today UNHCR has more than 7,000 staff members in over 120 countries around the world who are working to help more than 35 million refugees and displaced persons, and to resolve situations of statelessness.

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Table of Contents

Preface, UN Secretary-General
Foreword, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Introduction: Current trends in forced displacement
1. Conflict, Displacement and Humanitarian Space
2. The Refugee Convention at 60: Keeping Asylum Meaningful
3. A Fresh Look at Solutions
4. Resolving Statelessness
5. Protecting Internally Displaced People: Progress and Prospects
6. Urbanization and Displacement
7. Climate Change, Natural Disaster and Displacement
8. State Responsibility and International Solidarity
Endnotes
Annexes
Lists of States Parties to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, the 1967 Protocol, the 1969 OUA Refugee Convention, the 1954 and 1961 Statelessness Conventions
List of members of UNHCR's Executive Committee (EXCOM), as at 31 December 2011
Selected statistics
Reading list
Index

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