Refugees: A Very Short Introduction
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This Very Short Introduction covers a broad range of issues around the causes and impact of the contemporary refugee crisis for both receiving states and societies, for global order, and for refugees and other forced migrants themselves. Gil Loescher discusses the identity of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons and how they differ from other forced migrants. He also investigates the long history of the refugee phenomenon and how refugees became a central concern
of the international community during the twentieth and twenty first centuries, as well as considering the responses provided by governments and international aid organisations to refugee needs. Loescher concludes by focussing on the necessity of these bodies to understand the realities of the contemporary
refugee situation in order to best respond to its current and future challenges.
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1: Refugees: a brief history
2: Who are refugees and how do they differ from other migrants?
3: How critical is today's refugee crisis?
4: Root causes of forced migration
5: Strengths and limitations of present legal, institutional, political and local responses to refugees
6: The global refugee situation today
7: Understanding current realities and present and future challenges