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Refugees And International Relations

Refugees And International Relations

Edited by Gilburt D. Loescher and Laila Monahan

Oxford, 1989, 430 pp.

The past decade produced a marked increase in the number of refugees seeking a haven from war or economic or political oppression. The refugee flows often have foreign policy roots, and because of intractable regional conflicts are not amenable to easy solution through resettlement. They also place great economic burdens on host countries and can create security problems since refugee camps are often on disputed borders. The essays of this excellent book do more than describe the problem; they prescribe appropriate responses. Many of the authors have had direct experience with the U.N., government agencies or voluntary organizations. Clearly there is no "quick fix," but imaginative steps are carefully laid out.