1st Edition

Conflict and the Refugee Experience
Flight, Exile, and Repatriation in the Horn of Africa

ISBN 9780754643654
Published August 28, 2006 by Routledge
196 Pages

USD $180.00

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Book Description

One of the most serious threats to peace, security and the sovereignty of nations in the post-Cold War era is population migration. A particularly volatile form of this threat is the global refugee problem and nowhere is this issue more severe than in Africa. This book offers a comprehensive analysis of refugee experience in the Horn of Africa. It includes an examination of the dynamics of flight from the country of origin, settlement in exile and repatriation to the country of origin. Such an integrative approach sets this book apart from other studies and will serve as a reader for courses on ethno-national conflicts, migration, international politics, security and African politics.



Dr Assefaw Bariagaber is an Associate Professor and is Co-ordinator of the Africa Specialization Program at the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, USA. He is the Associate Editor of the Eritrean Studies Review, and Secretary of the Eritrean Studies Association and Executive Council Member of the Association of Third World Studies. He is also a Consultant to the UNHCR on refugee issues in the Horn of Africa. He was a Princeton University Fellow in 1998-1999 at the prestigious Center of International Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.


The 2006 Toyin Falola Book Award Winner for the Best Book on Africa written by a member of the Association of Third World Studies. 'This is a welcome addition to the literature on forced migration in a region that produces and hosts hundreds of thousands of refugees and returnees. Bariagaber has undertaken an ambitious task: nothing less than a comprehensive regional study of the entire Horn of Africa which he executes skilfully. The work provides an excellent account of the ultimate and proximate causes of displacement and return in the Horn.' Gaim Kibreab, London South Bank University, UK '...overall the book should prove useful, particularly for students of refugee studies...the core arguments are clearly presented, much evidence is assembled in a compelling manner, and...Bariagaber makes an admirable effort towards strengthening theory in the discipline.' Review of African Political Economy 'This book will be of great value to anyone who is studying the situation of refugees in the Horn of Africa.' Modern African Studies 'Bariagaber, himself an Eritrean, displays thorough knowledge on the interlinked conflicts of the region, and the book is densely packed with details on political events, population movements, refugee camp establishments, etc. This is useful for readers seeking specific information on refugees in the Horn...' Journal of Peace Research '[The book] is a compendium of hard facts and analysis that provides a useful resource for examining the political factors and refugee movements in the region. Bariagaber's approach is methodical and he offers an information-rich and balanced account of a complex and convoluted environment...this text has been written with exceptionally good timing...and is highly recommended.' African Affairs