OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Refugees: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780198811787

Price(incl.tax): 
¥1,628
Author: 
Gil Loescher
Pages
144 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
May 2021
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • Explores the long history of the refugee phenomenon and how refugees became a central concern of the international community during the twentieth and twenty first centuries
  • Investigates the responses provided by governments and international aid organisations to refugee needs
  • Includes short case studies of individual refugees
  • Discusses the identity of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons
  • Considers the challenges faced by vulnerable refugee groups such as women, children, disabled persons, elderly people and LGBQ persons

   
Refugees and other forced migrants are one of the great contemporary challenges the world is confronting. Throughout the world people leave their home countries to escape war, natural disasters, and cultural and political oppression. Unfortunately, even today, the international community struggles to provide an adequate response to this vast population in need.
   
This Very Short Introduction covers a broad range of issues around the causes and impact of the contemporary refugee crisis for both receiving states and societies, for global order, and for refugees and other forced migrants themselves. Gil Loescher discusses the identity of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons and how they differ from other forced migrants. He also investigates the long history of the refugee phenomenon and how refugees became a central concern of the international community during the twentieth and twenty first centuries, as well as considering the responses provided by governments and international aid organisations to refugee needs. Loescher concludes by focussing on the necessity of these bodies to understand the realities of the contemporary refugee situation in order to best respond to its current and future challenges.
 

Index: 

Acknowledgements
List of illustrations
1:Refugees: a brief history
2:Who are refugees and how do they differ from other migrants?
3:How critical is today's refugee crisis?
4:Root causes of forced migration
5:Strengths and limitations of present legal, institutional, political and local responses to refugees
6:The global refugee situation today
7:Understanding current realities and present and future challenges
Further reading
Index

About the author: 

Gil Loescher was a Visiting Professor, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford,he was also a longstanding author and authority on UNHCR and global refugee policy issues.

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