The refugee phenomenon is a major force in international politics. This is more so in sub-Saharan Africa where refugees are major actors in the affairs of their home and host countries. But, are refugees just victims of insecurity or also major causes of insecurity? Mogire analyses how and why refugees, victims of insecurity caused by persecution and the many incessant conflicts which continue unabated, have come to be viewed by scholars and practitioners as security threats. Using Kenya and Tanzania as empirical case studies, this volume examines the nature of this threat, its projection and responses. Moreover, it highlights how, if at all, these threats are different or similar to other security threats faced by these countries.
'…combines a thorough knowledge of the whole field with detailed analysis drawn from extensive fieldwork across East Africa. As such it is a most welcome addition to the literature on refugees and security, promoting an understanding of this key issue that is currently relevant to so many regions of the world.' Paul Rogers, University of Bradford, UK
Contents: Introduction: refugees, Africa and security; Refugees as a security threat; Refugee militarisation; Refugees and inter-state conflict; Refugees and violent conflict in host states; Refugees and crime; Refugees and the problem of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW); Refugees and the terrorist threat; Security and refugee policies in East Africa; Bibliography; Index.