United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR): The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection into the 21st Century / Edition 1

United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR): The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection into the 21st Century / Edition 1

by Alexander Betts, Gil Loescher, James Milner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415403472

ISBN-13: 9780415403474

Pub. Date: 08/06/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This is a concise and comprehensive introduction to both the world of refugees and the UN organization that protects and assists them.

Written by experts in the field, this is one of the very few books that trace the relationship between state interests, global politics, and the work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR). Looking

Overview

This is a concise and comprehensive introduction to both the world of refugees and the UN organization that protects and assists them.

Written by experts in the field, this is one of the very few books that trace the relationship between state interests, global politics, and the work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR). Looking ahead into the twenty-first century, the authors outline how the changing nature of conflict and displacement poses UNHCR with a new array of challenges and how there exists a fundamental tension between the UN’s human rights agenda of protecting refugees fleeing conflict and persecution and the security, political and economic interests of states around the world.

Key topics discussed include:


  • The UNHCR as an actor in world politics since 1950
  • Refugee definition and protection instruments
  • New challenges to the UNHCR's mandate
  • Institutional strengths and weaknesses
  • Asylum crises in the global North and global South
  • Protracted refugee situations and internally displaced persons
  • Key criticisms and continuing relevance of the UNHCR.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415403474
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/06/2008
Series:
Global Institutions Series
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Historical Overview and Emergences of Key Issues 1. The Origins of International Concern for Refugees 2. UNHCR and the Cold War: 1950-1990 3. UNHCR since the end of the Cold War Part 2: Key challenges and issues facing UNHCR 4. The Key Challenges of Mandate, Funding and Protection 5. The key issues of protracted refugee situations, IDPs and asylum 6. The Future of UNHCR in the 21st Century Conclusion

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