1st Edition

Urban Refugees Challenges in Protection, Services and Policy

Edited By Koichi Koizumi, Gerhard Hoffstaedter Copyright 2015
    296 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    294 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Urban refugees now account for over half the total number of refugees worldwide. Yet to date, far more research has been done on refugees living in camps and settlements set up expressly for them. This book provides crucial insights into the worldwide phenomenon of refugee flows into urban settings, repercussions for those seeking protection, and the agencies and organizations tasked to assist them. It provides a comparative exploration of refugees and asylum seekers in nine urban areas in Africa, Asia and Europe to examine issues such as status recognition, international and national actors, housing, education and integration. The book explores the relationship between refugee policies of international organisations and national governments and on the ground realities and demonstrates both the diverse of circumstances in which refugees live, and their struggle for recognition, protection and livelihoods.

    Introduction: Between a rock and a hard place: Urban refugees in a global context Gerhard Hoffstaedter 1. Demonstrable needs: Protest, politics and refugees in Cairo Nora Danielson 2. Casamance refugees in urban locations of The Gambia Gail Hopkins 3. The politics of mistrust: Congolese refugees and the institutions providing refugee protection in Kampala, Uganda Eveliina Lyytinen 4. Increasing urban refugee protection in Nairobi: Political will or additional resources? Elizabeth Campbell 5. Practices of reception and integration of urban refugees: The case of Ravenna, Italy Barbara Sorgoni 6. Surviving the city: Refugees from Burma in New Delhi Linda Bartolomei 7. Life in limbo: Unregistered urban refugees on the Thai–Burma Border Eileen Pittaway 8. Urban refugees and the UNHCR in Kuala Lumpur: Dependency, assistance and survival Gerhard Hoffstaedter 9. The Japanese pilot resettlement programme: Identifying constraints to domestic integration of refugees from Burma Saburo Takizawa10. Coping as an asylum seeker in Japan: Burmese in Shinjuku, Tokyo Koichi Koizumi 11. Postscript: Gerhard Hoffstaedter


    Koichi Koizumi, Professor in the Faculty of International Relations at Daito Bunka University, Tokyo.

    Gerhard Hoffstaedter, Lecturer in Anthropology in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland.

    "Urban Refugees: Challenges in Protection, Services and Policy is the first edited volume to tackle the topic of urban refugees and their survival ‘‘between a rock and a hard place". (…) this edited collection serves not only as a useful introduction to the phenomenon of urban refugees but will also be relevant to those with a particular interest in the refugee situation in one of the cities or countries covered." - Neil James Wilson, City University of London