Escape from Violence: Conflict and the Refugee Crisis in the Developing World

Paperback | October 1, 1992

byAristide R. Zolberg, Astri Suhrke, Sergio Aguayo

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The magnitude of refugees movements in the Third World, widely perceived as an unprecedented crisis, has generated widespread concern in the West. This concern reveals itself as an ambiguous mixture of heartfelt compassion for the plight of the unfortunates cast adrift and a diffuse fear thatthey will come "pouring in." In this comprehensive study, the authors examine the refugee flows originating in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and suggest how a better understanding of this phenomenon can be used by the international community to assist those in greatest need. Reviewing the historyof refugee movements in the West, they show how their formation and the fate of endangered populations have also been shaped by the partisan objectives of receiving countries. They survey the kinds of social conflicts characteristic of different regions of the Third World and the ways refugees andrefugee policy are made to serve broader political purposes.

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This book seeks to foster a more critical and realistic understanding of the refugee phenomenon, so as to clarify the obligations of the more fortunate of the world toward others in great need, and the ways in which these are best implemented.This is the first attempt to provide a comprehensive, theoretically grounded explanation of re...

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The magnitude of refugees movements in the Third World, widely perceived as an unprecedented crisis, has generated widespread concern in the West. This concern reveals itself as an ambiguous mixture of heartfelt compassion for the plight of the unfortunates cast adrift and a diffuse fear thatthey will come "pouring in." In this compreh...

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This book seeks to foster a more critical and realistic understanding of the refugee phenomenon, so as to clarify the obligations of the more fortunate of the world toward others in great need, and the ways in which these are best implemented.This is the first attempt to provide a comprehensive, theoretically grounded explanation of re...

Aristide R. Zolberg is at New School for Social Research. Astri Suhrke is at The American University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.17 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:October 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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This book seeks to foster a more critical and realistic understanding of the refugee phenomenon, so as to clarify the obligations of the more fortunate of the world toward others in great need, and the ways in which these are best implemented.This is the first attempt to provide a comprehensive, theoretically grounded explanation of refugee flows.From the Preface.

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"For peacemakers and humanitarian assistance decision-makers, this book is required reading....This study of the patterns of conflict is an erudite, thoroughly researched and referenced body of work that impresses by the sheer weight and breadth of its case studies on severalcontinents."--International Journal of Refugee Law