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Refuge : rethinking refugee policy in a changing world / Alexander Betts and Paul Collier
Bib ID 7462512
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Betts, Alexander, 1980- author
 
Description New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017] 
xiv, 267 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 21 cm 
ISBN 9780190659158 (paperback) (alkaline paper)
0190659157 (paperback) (alkaline paper)
Summary

"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"--

Full 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
 
Notes

Originally published under title: Refuge : transforming a broken refugee system. London : Allen Lane, 2017.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Refugees -- Government policy.  |  Social integration -- Government policy.  |  Refugees -- Social conditions.  |  Refugees -- Services for.
Other authors/contributors Collier, Paul, author

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