Description : The fall of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos to communist armies in 1975 caused a massive outpouring of refugees from these nations. This work focuses on the refugee crisis and the American aid workers—a colorful crew of malcontents and mavericks drawn from the State Department, military, USAID, CIA, and the Peace Corps—who took on the task of helping those most impacted by the Vietnam War. Experts in Southeast Asia, its languages, cultures and people, they saved hundreds of thousands of lives. They were the very antithesis of the “Ugly American.”
Description : The Property Rights of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: Beyond Restitution explores how the protection of housing and property rights can contribute to durable solutions to displacement. The focus of most of the international community’s recent protection efforts has been on returning displaced persons to their homes following armed conflict. This prioritization has been entrenched further by the 2005 United Nations Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons (the "Pinheiro Principles"). Yet as Anneke Smit chronicles in this book, the international community’s attempts to promote widespread return through establishing housing and property restitution mechanisms have largely failed. Further, this focus on return and restitution of property has come at the expense of supporting effectively local integration and resettlement as possible durable solutions. This book argues that, particularly in cases of protracted displacement, a range of accepted approaches to the protection of housing and property rights would be preferable. In addition to more than a dozen case studies, the discussion draws throughout on international human rights and refugee law, property law and theory, and sociological and anthropological literature on displacement and the meaning of ‘home’. The Property Rights of Refugees and Internally Displaced Personsis based on more than a decade of the author’s extensive academic research and practical experience on displacement issues. It will be of considerable interest to those with academic and policy interests in the rights of refugees and displaced persons, and theories of property.
Description : Details the life of Hans Wesemann, a German refugee in Britain during the inter-war period, who became a Gestapo spy responsible for collecting information about his fellow refugees abroad.
Description : Voluntary repatriation of refugees is generally considered to be the preferred, even ideal, solution to what is traditionally designated 'the problem of refugees'. Its popularity may also be inferred from the fact that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has declared the nineties to be the 'decade of voluntary repatriation'. This study attempts to analyze the legal meaning of voluntary repatriation, its place within the framework of universal refugee law, & whether or not it deserves to be called an ideal solution. The focus is on UNHCR--the agency which is mandated to assist in the voluntary repatriation of refugees--as the constant & recurrent actor in the practice of organized largescale repatriations. The study comprises a brief historical analysis of the events which preceded the adoption by the General Assembly of the Statute of the High Commissioner with its reference to voluntary repatriation, the evolution of the High Commissioner's mandate over the past 45 years, as well as four case studies: the voluntary repatriation of Cambodian refugees in 1980 and, again, in 1992 & 1993; of Iraqi (Kurdish) refugees in 1991; & of Mozambican refugees (from Malawi) in 1993-1995.
Description : This ground-breaking book focuses on the ‘forgotten refugees’, detailing people with disabilities who have crossed borders in search of protection from disaster or human conflict. The authors explore the intersection between one of the oldest international human rights treaties, the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, with one of the newest: the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Drawing on fieldwork in six countries hosting refugees in a variety of contexts – Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Uganda, Jordan and Turkey – the book examines how the CRPD is (or should) be changing the way that governments and aid agencies engage with and accommodate persons with disabilities in situations of displacement. The timeliness of the book is underscored by the adoption in mid-2016 of the UN Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action adopted at the World Humanitarian Summit.
Description : A Psychological Intrigue Set in Alpine New Zealand for young adults and up. Simon, a convicted serial killer of the rich, undergoes treatment at a fledgling private criminal rehabilitation firm, IVRRAC. Simon is then sent to the alpine village of Trentsworth, a town full of rich socialite women, to ascertain whether he is cured of his murderous impulses or not. During his stay in Trentsworth, Simon falls in love with his neighbour, Kyndrea, the only child of a rich widower. After a time he realises there is no way she would be able to love him due to his past. Through this anguish he discovers that the rehabilitation process has failed and he is still able to exact his revenge with dramatic and unexpected results. During the aftermath of his actions he is informed what the anagram IVRRAC stands for and the awful truth that IVRRAC has its own dark secrets and Trentsworth is not at all what it seems. "One mistake, one tiny error in that psych report, the treatment won't hold and that will spell disaster. Suicide, massacre or most likely both! I'll stay with him and watch events carefully, but I won't be held responsible."
Description : Refugee displacement is a global phenomenon that has uprooted millions of individuals over the past century. In the 1980s, repatriation became the preferred option for resolving the refugee crisis. As human rights achieved global eminence, refugees' right of return fell under its umbrella. Yet return as a right and its practice as a rite created a radical disconnect between principle and everyday practice, and the repatriation of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) remains elusive in cases of forced displacement of victims by ethnic conflict. Reviewing cases of ethnic displacement throughout the twentieth century in Europe, Asia, and Africa, Howard Adelman and Elazar Barkan juxtapose the empirical lack of repatriation in cases of ethnic conflict, unless accompanied by coercion. The emphasis on repatriation during the last several decades has obscured other options, leaving refugees to spend years warehoused in camps. Repatriation takes place when identity, defined by ethnicity or religion, is not at the center of the displacing conflict, or when the ethnic group to which the refugees belong are not a minority in their original country or in the region to which they want to return. Rather than perpetuate a ritual belief in return as a right without the prospect of realization, Adelman and Barkan call for solutions that bracket return as a primary focus in cases of ethnic conflict.
Description : Refugee and Forced Migration Studies has grown from being a concern of a relatively small number of scholars and policy researchers in the 1980s to a global field of interest with thousands of students worldwide studying displacement either from traditional disciplinary perspectives or as a core component of newer programmes across the Humanities and Social and Political Sciences. Today the field encompasses both rigorous academic research which may or may not ultimately inform policy and practice, as well as action-research focused on advocating in favour of refugees' needs and rights. This authoritative Handbook critically evaluates the birth and development of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, and analyses the key contemporary and future challenges faced by academics and practitioners working with and for forcibly displaced populations around the world. The 52 state-of-the-art chapters, written by leading academics, practitioners, and policymakers working in universities, research centres, think tanks, NGOs and international organizations, provide a comprehensive and cutting-edge overview of the key intellectual, political, social and institutional challenges arising from mass displacement in the world today. The chapters vividly illustrate the vibrant and engaging debates that characterise this rapidly expanding field of research and practice.
Description : Accidental Refugee is the story of one man’s struggle with prejudice, deceit, heart-break and pure bad luck. He leaves his dysfunctional family in Iran in search of better opportunities and a college degree in the United States. Ignorantly believing USA was the land of milk and honey. He eventually joins the US Navy; a choice that would have him face persecution if he returned to Iran. He soon realizes USA was in fact the land of superstitious cowards, and one leg of the Axis of Bastards. Finally, he finds his own slice of happiness in the form of a beautiful wife and a son he adores. But his life falls apart when he learns of his wife’s series of affairs and sequential vindictive betrayals, encouraged by her ignorant fundamentalist Christian parents. Soon, he is running for his freedom and his son’s future. This time, he moves to Australia, believing Australia was the land of multiculturalism and equal opportunity. But he can’t ever seem to escape his misfortune, and becomes an Accidental Refugee.