The State of the Worlds Refugees 2012: In Search of Solidarity

Paperback | May 10, 2012

EditorUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNH

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Sixty years after the establishment of the UNHCR, refugees - people who flee across an international border to escape war or persecution - remain at the core of the agency's work. But UNHCR is also called upon to aid people who are displaced within the borders of their own countries, and toaddress the plight of stateless persons - those not considered as citizens by any country. The book looks at UNHCR's work with these three groups, bringing readers up-to-date on developments since 2006, when the last edition in this series was published.Drawing on UNHCR's direct experience, eight chapters address key challenges, starting with the diminishing space for humanitarian action in places like Somalia and Afghanistan. Protracted conflicts mean that fewer refugees are able to return home, yet restrictive state policies limit possibilitiesfor local integration and resettlement, and threaten the institution of asylum. Rising numbers are displaced within their own countries, driven from their homes by climate change and natural disasters, as well as by conflict and human rights abuses. Refugees and displaced people increasingly livein cities rather than in camps, and are harder to reach. Statelessness, an anachronism in the 21st century, is prevalent on all continents, leaving millions of lives in limbo. The closing chapter addresses the book's central theme: how to develop international solidarity to help states shouldertheir responsibilities for the forcibly displaced. Case studies drawn from UNHCR's work in the field illustrate the issues. Now in its sixth edition, The State of the World's Refugees is an invaluable resource for academics, practitioners, policy makers, students and anyone interested in international politics and in the work of the UN refugee agency.

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Sixty years after the establishment of the UNHCR, refugees - people who flee across an international border to escape war or persecution - remain at the core of the agency's work. But UNHCR is also called upon to aid people who are displaced within the borders of their own countries, and toaddress the plight of stateless persons - thos...

UNHCR is the United Nations Refugee Agency. Created in 1951 to resolve refugee problems remaining from the Second World War, it has grown into one of the largest international humanitarian agencies. UNHCR has twice been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work. Today UNHCR has more than 7,000 staff members in over 120 countries arou...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:340 pagesPublished:May 10, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199654751

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Table of Contents

UN Secretary-General: PrefaceUN High Commissioner for Refugees: ForewordIntroduction: Current trends in forced displacement1. Conflict, Displacement and Humanitarian Space2. The Refugee Convention at 60: Keeping Asylum Meaningful3. A Fresh Look at Solutions4. Resolving Statelessness5. Protecting Internally Displaced People: Progress and Prospects6. Urbanization and Displacement7. Climate Change, Natural Disaster and Displacement8. State Responsibility and International SolidarityEndnotesAnnexesLists of States Parties to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, the 1967 Protocol, the 1969 OUA Refugee Convention, the 1954 and 1961 Statelessness ConventionsList of members of UNHCR's Executive Committee (EXCOM), as at 31 December 2011Selected statisticsReading listIndex

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"The book ranges widely and provides a very readable and thought-provoking history of the last 50 years. It helps to see things in perspective." --New World