Victims as Security Threats: Refugee Impact on Host State Security in Africa, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Victims as Security Threats

Refugee Impact on Host State Security in Africa, 1st Edition

By Edward Mogire


228 pages

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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

Table of Contents

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.

About the Author

Dr Edward Mogire is a Research Fellow in International Conflict, European Research Centre at Kingston University London, UK

About the Series

Global Security in a Changing World

Global Security in a Changing World
Globalisation is changing the world dramatically, and a very public debate is taking place about the form, extent and significance of these changes. At the centre of this debate lie conflicting claims about the forces and processes shaping security. As a result, notions of inequality, poverty and the cultural realm of identity politics have all surfaced alongside terrorism, environmental changes and bio-medical weapons as essential features of the contemporary global political landscape. In this sense, the debate on globalisation calls for a fundamental shift from a status quo political reality to one that dislodges states as the primary referent, and instead sees states as a means and not the end to various security issues, ranging from individual security to international terrorism. More importantly, centred at the cognitive stage of thought, it is also a move towards conceiving the concept of insecurity in terms of change. The series attempts to address this imbalance by encouraging a robust and multi-disciplinary assessment of the asymmetrical nature of globalisation. Scholarship is sought from areas such as: global governance, poverty and insecurity, development, civil society, religion, terrorism and globalisation.

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