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Palestinian Refugee Repatriation

Global Perspectives

Edited by Michael Dumper

© 2006 – Routledge

352 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415860178
pub: 2014-08-15
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pub: 2006-03-09

About the Book

The repatriation of Palestinians is a highly topical issue, and a critical component of any future peace process for Israel/Palestine. Until now, the mechanics of repatriation have not been dealt with in detail. This book explores the notion that the Palestinian refugee case is exceptional through the comparative study of refugee repatriation, and asks:

  • To what extent can the Palestinian case be said to be unique?
  • Where are the divergences, the overlaps and points of similarity with other refugee situations?
  • What lessons can be drawn from these comparisons?
  • How can these lessons inform refugee organizations, the donor community and policy makers?

The expert contributors examine the contextual and methodological field, reviewing the trends in forced migration and refugee studies as well as studying the historical and political background of UNHCR and the negotiations around the Palestinian refugee issue. Taking a comparative approach, the book incorporates case studies of specific refugee situations from around the world, revealing key issues in the formulation of repatriation programmes and highlighting lessons to be learnt.


'The volume deserves praise for offering a fresh and imaginative perspective on very difficult questions. …It is thus recommended reading for scholars of forced migration and offers often overlooked insight for students of Palestinian affairs' - Wendy Pearlman, International Journal of Middle East Studies, February 2009

Table of Contents

Palestinian Refugee Repatriation in Global Perspective Michael Dumper List of Tables Introduction 1. The Comparative Study of Refugee Repatriation Programmes and the Palestinian Case Mick Dumper Section A: Trends and Patterns in Refugee Repatriation: Overview and the Palestinian Case 2. The Return of Refugees: Retrospect and Prospect Richard Black 3. UNHCR and Repatriation Patricia Weiss Fagen 4. Perspectives on Palestinian Repatriation Rex Brynen 5. The Palestinian 1948 Refugees – Models of Allowed and Refused Return Menachem Klein Section B: Case Studies 6. Sustainable Returns"? State, Politics and Mobile Livelihoods Finn Stepputat 7. What Does ‘Adequate Assistance’ Mean in the Context of Promoting Viable Return and Appropriate Compensation: Lessons from the Horn of Africa Laura Hammond 8. Linking Return and Reintegration to Complex Forced Migration

Emergencies: Diversities of Conflict, Patterns of Displacement and Humanitarian

Responses - A Comparative Analysis Christopher McDowell and Nicholas Van Hear 9. Refugee Return in Bosnia and Herzegovina Paul Prettitore 10. Re-approaching Voluntary Repatriation within a Reconciliation Framework: A Proposal Drawn from the Cambodian Return Process Ana García Rodicio 11. UNHCR Under Duress: The Reducing Power of UNHCR to Influence Outcomes for Afghan Refugees Peter Marsden 12. Politically Preferred Solutions and Refugee Choices: Applying the Lessons of Iraq to Palestine Michael Kagan Section C: Lessons Learnt 13. Palestinian Return Migration: Lessons from the International Refugee Regime Sari Hanafi 14. Palestinian Refugee Repatriation in Global Perspective Mick Dumper Appendix 1: List of Papers presented at Exeter workshop Appendix 2 List of Participants of Exeter workshop Appendix 3: Estimated Palestinian refugee population (Badil table) Bibliography (composite) Index

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

This series is concerned with recent political developments in the region. It will have a range of different approaches and include both single authored monographs and edited volumes covering issues such as international relations, foreign intervention, security, political Islam, democracy, ideology and public policy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies