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1st Edition

Protracted Displacement in Asia
No Place to Call Home

Edited By

Howard Adelman

ISBN 9780754672388
Published November 17, 2008 by Routledge
282 Pages

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Book Description

In a protracted displacement situation, refugees are sequestered in camps without right of mobility or employment; their lives remain on hold and stagnate in a state of limbo for a long period. This book reviews the situation and results of research and policies that have left refugees as a forgotten group in protracted situations. The work features case studies by experts who conducted field work examining long-term protracted refugee situations in Nepal, Thailand and Bangladesh, the protracted internally displaced (IDP) situation in Sri Lanka, and the refugee and IDP situation in Afghanistan. Also discussed is an emerging protracted refugee and IDP problem in Iraq. The volume concludes with an analysis of the lessons learned and the applications for policy, and incorporates a valuable bibliography detailing research in this hugely important area. This is a critical resource for academics and policy makers concerned with migration and governance issues.



Howard Adelman is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at York University, Toronto. Professor Adelman was the founder and director of York University's Centre for Refugee Studies until the end of 1993. He is a leading scholar on refugee matters and is currently Research Professor, Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice & Governance, Griffith University. Professor Adelman has written extensively on the Middle East, humanitarian intervention, membership rights, ethics, early warning and conflict management, refugee repatriation, policy and resettlement.


'This is a valuable collection of case studies and underscores the importance of basing our approach to individual protracted refugee situations on a thorough and rigorous understanding not only of the dynamics of the refugee situation itself, but the broader historical, political and regional context within which it exists. Such research and analysis will help identify the wider range of options and areas of cooperation that might lead to both short-term and long-term solutions to PRS.' Journal of Refugee Studies 'Protracted refugee situations entail great human suffering. When durable solutions are found, they often entail difficult dilemmas by posing trade-offs between humanitarian and political objectives. This book creatively and sensitively explores the possibilities for reducing the hardships of protracted refugee situations and softening the dilemmas of durable solutions.' Astri Suhrke, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway 'More than simply a well-informed "tour d'horizon" of the contemporary situation of refugees in Asia, this book provides an insightful and timely examination of how long-term refugeepredicaments might be resolved.' Matthew J. Gibney, University of Oxford, UK