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The Refugee in International Society


  • Page extent: 254 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.35 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521688956)

With the unrelenting unrest in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan and the Sudan, the plight of refugees has become an increasingly discussed topic in international relations. Why do we have refugees? When did the refugee 'problem' emerge? How can the refugee ever be reconciled with an international system that rests on sovereignty? Looking at three key periods - the inter-war period, the Cold War and the present day - Emma Haddad demonstrates how a specific image has defined the refugee since the international states system arose in its modern form and that refugees have thus been qualitatively the same over the course of history. This historical and normative approach suggests new ways to understand refugees and to formulate responses to them. By examining the issue from an international society perspective, this book highlights how refugees are an inevitable, if unanticipated, result of erecting political borders.

• Refugee crises are a constant and important feature of international politics, but this is one of the first studies to put the problem in historical context • Traces continuities and similarities in how states have responded to refugees over three key periods, since the refugee debate emerged up to the present day • Examines recent policy developments and suggests future directions


1. The refugee 'problem'; Part I. The Refugee: A Conceptual Analysis: 2. Who is (not) a refugee?; 3. The refugee and the international states system; 4. Sovereign rights, human rights and security; Part II. The Refugee: An Historical Analysis: 5. The inter-war perspective; 6. Refugees and international protection in the Cold War era; Part III. The Refugee: A Contemporary Analysis: 7. The external dimension of EU refugee policy; 8. The way ahead.

Prize Winner

Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009 - Winner


'By taking seriously the idea that the refugee is an inevitable yet unanticipated feature of international society, Haddad offers distinctive insights into the significance and intractability of forced migration across borders. This intelligent, important and innovative work deserves to be widely read.' Matthew J. Gibney, Reader in Politics and Forced Migration, University of Oxford

'The refugee column is a melancholy emblem of the age. At a time when passion runs far ahead of understanding we are all in need of a careful analysis of the issues involved. Emma Haddad's beautifully written and compassionate account admirably fills this gap in the literature.' James B. L. Mayall, Emeritus Fellow in International Relations, University of Cambridge

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