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Overview

Throughout human history people have been driven from their homes by wars, unjust treatment, and natural disasters. The reality of forced migration is not new, nor is awareness of the suffering of the displaced. The United National High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that at the end of 2007 there were 67 million persons in the world who had been forcibly displaced from their homes--including 16 million officially defined as refugees fleeing across an international border for fear of being persecuted due to race, religion, nationality, social group, or political opinion. This anthology proposes a human rights framework to guide political and policy responses to forced migration. Similar in tone and approach to Hollenbach's Refugee Rights, though not focused exclusively on Africa, this volume draws on contributors from several disciplines, including international affairs, law, ethics, economics, and theology, to advocate for better responses to protect the global community's most vulnerable citizens. The book also discusses the values that lead religious communities, include Roman Catholics, to work for the human rights of displaced persons. Contributors include Susan Martin, executive director of Georgetown's Institute for the Study of International Migration; Brian Hehir, SJ, professor of ethics, religion, and society at Harvard; and Thomas Weiss, director, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, CUNY, and several scholars "on the ground" doing refugee and human rights advocacy work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589016460
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 04/19/2010
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Hollenbach, SJ, is director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice and holds the Human Rights and International Justice University Chair at Boston College. He is the editor of Refugee Rights: Ethics, Advocacy, and Africa and author of The Global Face of Public Faith: Politics, Human Rights, and Christian Ethics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Human Rights and New Challenges of Protecting Forced MigrantsDavid HollenbachPart I: New Realities of Protection in a Human Rights Framework1. Rethinking the International Refugee Regime in Light of Human Rights and the Global Common Good Susan F. MartinPart II: Normative Responses: Religion, Human Rights, Gender, and Culture

2. Justice for the Displaced: The Challenge of a Christian Understanding Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator

3. Human Rights as a Framework for Advocacy on Behalf of the Displaced: The Approach of the Catholic ChurchSilvano Tomasi

4. No Easy Road to Freedom: Engendering and Enculturating Forced MigrationM. Brinton LykesPart III: Protecting Rights at the Border: Denial of Asylum and Systemic Responses

5. Human Rights as a Challenge to National Policies that Exclude Refugees: Two Case Studies from Southeast AsiaFrank Brennan

6. Loving Humanity While Accepting Real People: A Critique and a Cautious Affirmation of the "Political" in U. S. Asylum and Refugee LawDaniel Kanstroom

7. Closed Borders, Human Rights, and Democratic LegitimationArash Abizadeh

Part IV: Protection in the Face of Conflict and War

8. The Experience of Displacement by Conflict: The Plight of Iraqi RefugeesMaryanne Loughry

9. The Ethics and Policy of War in Light of DisplacementJ. Bryan Hehir

10. Reinsterting "Never" into "Never Again": Political Innovations and the Responsibility to ProtectThomas G. Weiss

Part V: Protection in Response to Economic Need and Environmental Crises

11. Economic and Environmental Displacement: Implications for Durable SolutionsMary M. DeLorey

12. Refugees or Economic Migrants: Catholic Thought on the Moral Roots of the Distinction Christopher Llanos

ContributorsIndex

What People are Saying About This

Ken Hackett

In this globalized world, too many people are forced to leave their homes, displaced by conflict, disasters, or harsh economic conditions. Systems designed to guarantee their protection are either over-burdened or simply not keeping up. As a result, many are falling through the cracks. This volume raises challenging questions and offers keen insight into expanding our understanding of 'the protection gaps' as we strive to assist some of the most vulnerable people in our world.

Gil Loescher

Driven from Home discusses how the 'duty to protect' refugees should be defined and implemented and how the international community might better fulfill their responsibility to the world's uprooted.

Abdullahi A. An-Nàim

Finally the book that matches asking the right hard questions about forced migration with providing profoundly thoughtful, visionary yet pragmatic responses from a range of perspectives. This bold and intellectually honest, clear, and accessible analysis of one of the most pressing moral and political questions of our time is for students and scholars, national and international policymakers, opinion leaders, and ethically engaged citizens everywhere.

From the Publisher

"Finally the book that matches asking the right hard questions about forced migration with providing profoundly thoughtful, visionary yet pragmatic responses from a range of perspectives. This bold and intellectually honest, clear, and accessible analysis of one of the most pressing moral and political questions of our time is for students and scholars, national and international policymakers, opinion leaders, and ethically engaged citizens everywhere." -- Abdullahi A. An-Nàim, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory University

"This book brings renewed attention and perspectives to the economic, ethical, and political complexity of assisting those forced to seek lives elsewhere. The effort to blend secular and theological imperatives may not provide solutions to every problem but its offers many of the tools we need to find them." -- Loren B. Landau, director, Forced Migration Studies Programme, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

" Driven from Home discusses how the 'duty to protect' refugees should be defined and implemented and how the international community might better fulfill their responsibility to the world's uprooted." -- Gil Loescher, University of Oxford

"In this globalized world, too many people are forced to leave their homes, displaced by conflict, disasters, or harsh economic conditions. Systems designed to guarantee their protection are either over-burdened or simply not keeping up. As a result, many are falling through the cracks. This volume raises challenging questions and offers keen insight into expanding our understanding of 'the protection gaps' as we strive to assist some of the most vulnerable people in our world." -- Ken Hackett, president, Catholic Relief Services

Loren B. Landau

This book brings renewed attention and perspectives to the economic, ethical, and political complexity of assisting those forced to seek lives elsewhere. The effort to blend secular and theological imperatives may not provide solutions to every problem but its offers many of the tools we need to find them.

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