1st Edition

Humanitarian Crises and Migration Causes, Consequences and Responses

Edited By Susan Martin, Sanjula Weerasinghe, Abbie Taylor Copyright 2014
    400 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    400 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Whether it is the stranding of tens of thousands of migrant workers at the Libyan–Tunisian border, or the large-scale displacement triggered by floods in Pakistan and Colombia, hardly a week goes by in which humanitarian crises have not precipitated human movement. While some people move internally, others internationally, some temporarily and others permanently, there are also those who become "trapped" in place, unable to move to greater safety. Responses to these "crisis migrations" are varied and inadequate. Only a fraction of "crisis migrants" are protected by existing international, regional or national law. Even where law exists, practice does not necessarily guarantee safety and security for those who are forced to move or remain trapped. Improvements are desperately needed to ensure more consistent and effective responses.

    This timely book brings together leading experts from multi-disciplinary backgrounds to reflect on diverse humanitarian crises and to shed light on a series of exploratory questions: In what ways do people move in the face of crisis situations? Why do some people move, while others do not? Where do people move? When do people move, and for how long? What are the challenges and opportunities in providing protection to crisis migrants? How might we formulate appropriate responses and sustainable solutions, and upon what factors should these depend? This volume is divided into four parts, with an introductory section outlining the parameters of "crisis migration," conceptualizing the term and evaluating its utility. This section also explores the legal, policy and institutional architecture upon which current responses are based. Part II presents a diverse set of case studies, from the earthquake in Haiti and the widespread violence in Mexico, to the ongoing exodus from Somalia, and environmental degradation in Alaska and the Carteret Islands, among others. Part III focuses on populations that may be at particular risk, including non-citizens, migrants at sea, those displaced to urban areas, and trapped populations. The concluding section maps the global governance of crisis migration and highlights gaps in current provisions for crisis-related movement across multiple levels.

    This valuable book brings together previously diffuse research and policy issues under the analytical umbrella of "crisis migration." It lays the foundations for assessing and addressing real challenges to the status quo, and will be of interest to scholars, policy makers, and practitioners committed to seeking out improved responses and ensuring the dignity and safety of millions who move in the context of humanitarian crises.

    Part One: Introduction and a Theoretical Perspective  Chapter 1: Setting the Scene Susan F. Martin, Sanjula Weerasinghe And Abbie Taylor  Chapter 2: Conceptualizing "Crisis Migration": A Theoretical Perspective Jane McAdam  Part Two: Case Studies of Humanitarian Crises: Movements, Protection Implications and Responses  Chapter 3: Rising Waters, Broken Lives: Experience from Pakistan and Colombia Floods Suggests New Approaches are Needed Alice Thomas  Chapter 4: Recurrent Acute Disasters, Crisis Migration: Haiti Has Had It All Elizabeth Ferris  Chapter 5: Health Crises and Migration Michael Edelstein, Khalid Koser and David L. Heymann  Chapter 6: Criminal Violence, Displacement, and Migration in Mexico and Central America Sebastián Albuja  Chapter 7: Intractability and Change in Crisis Migration: North Koreans in China and Burmese in Thailand W. Courtland Robinson  Chapter 8: Environmental Processes, Political Conflict and Migration: A Somali Case Study Anna Lindley  Chapter 9: Environmental Stress, Displacement and the Challenge of Rights Protection Roger Zetter and James Morrisey  Chapter 10: Enhancing Adaptation Options and Managing Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change Koko Warner and Tamer Afifi  Chapter 11: Community Relocations: The Arctic and South Pacific Robin Bronen  Chapter 12: Something Old and Something New: Resettlement in the Twenty First Century Anthony Oliver-Smith and Alex De Sherbinin  Part Three: At Risk Populations Chapter 13: Protecting Non-Citizens in Situations of Conflict, Violence, and Disaster Khalid Koser  Chapter 14: ‘Trapped’ Populations: Controls on Mobility at Times of Crises Michael Collyer and Richard Black  Chapter 15: Policy Adrift: The Challenge of Mixed Migration By Sea Judith Kumin  Chapter 16: Flight to the Cities: Urban Options and Adaptations Patricia Weiss Fagen  Part Four: Governance Chapter 17: The Global Governance of Crisis Migration Alexander Betts


    Susan F. Martin, Institute for the Study of International Migration, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

    Sanjula Weerasinghe, Institute for the Study of International Migration, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

    Abbie Taylor, Institute for the Study of International Migration, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

    "This innovative volume develops an intriguing new conceptual framework on forced migration at the outset of a multi-year project undertaken by the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University."Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, Benoit Mayer, Wuhan University

    "The volume brings together an impressive array of 24 authors, many of them wellknown names, who hold various combinations of expertise in academic research, policy, and practice. Readers will presumably have equally diverse backgrounds and appreciate different parts of the book."Journal of Refugee Studies, Jørgen, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

    "This breadth of focus—on those who move both across borders and within countries, along with those who are not able to move—is analytically ambitious but effectively addressed by the first two chapters of the book."Refuge, James Milner, Carleton University