Rethinking Refugee Policy in A Changing World

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"Global refugee numbers are at their highest levels since the end of World War II, but the system in place to deal with them, based upon a humanitarian list of imagined "basic needs," has changed little. In Refuge, Paul Collier and Alexander Betts argue that the system fails to provide a comprehensive solution to the fundamental problem, which is how to reintegrate displaced people into society. Western countries deliver food, clothing, and shelter to refugee camps, but these sites, usually located in remote border locations, can make things worse. The numbers are stark: the average length of stay in a refugee camp worldwide is 17 years. Into this situation comes the Syria crisis, which has dislocated countless families, bringing them to face an impossible choice: huddle in dangerous urban desolation, rot in dilapidated camps, or flee across the Mediterranean to increasingly unwelcoming governments. Refuge seeks to restore moral purpose and clarity to refugee policy. Rather than assuming indefinite dependency, Collier - author of The Bottom Billion - and his Oxford colleague Betts propose a humanitarian approach integrated with a new economic agenda that begins with jobs, restores autonomy, and rebuilds people's ability to help themselves and their societies. Timely and urgent, the book goes beyond decrying scenes of desperation to declare what so many people, policymakers and public alike, are anxious to hear: that a long-term solution really is within reach. "--
"Immigration has become the great divisive issue of our times. In Refuge, Paul Collier and Alexander Betts set out a policy vision that can empower refugees to help themselves, contribute to their host societies, and ultimately rebuild their countries of origin"--
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780190659158
Branch Call Number: 362.87561 B4666R 2017
Characteristics: xiv, 267 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note:
Part I: Why is there a Refugee Crisis?
Chapter 1. Global Disorder and Displacement
Chapter 2. The Time-Warp: Post War Institutions adrift in a Changed World
Chapter 3: The Panic
Part II: The Rethink
Chapter 4: Rethinking Ethics: the Duty of Rescue
Chapter 5: Rethinking the Humanitarian Silo: Making Safe Havens Easy to Reach
Chapter 6: Rethinking Needs: Jobs and the Need to Preserve Autonomy
Chapter 7: Rethinking Return: Incubating Post-Conflict Recovery
Chapter 8: Rethinking Global Institutions
Part III: History, the Remake
Chapter 9: Conclusion: The Syrian Crisis Revisited
Additional Contributors: Collier, Paul


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Apr 16, 2018

Just superb. This work provides a comprehensive approach to dealing with the global problems of refugees fleeing war, poverty, hunger and failing states while seeking a job, housing and some measure of freedom. It's written by two senior researchers at Oxford.

Highly recommended!!!


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