Refugee Crises, 1945-2000: Political and Societal Responses in International Comparison

Jan Jansen
Simone Lässig
Cambridge University Press
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Refugee Crises 1945-2000 brings together ten case studies that examine responses to refugee movements from actors at several levels, ranging from local communities in receiving societies to INGOs and supranational organizations. The perspective is global, encompassing the global North and South alike. These cases cover a broad spectrum of types of migration and of international and domestic contexts. The driving forces and numbers of people involved varied considerably from case to case, and the backgrounds (national, religious, social) of the migrants also differed enormously. The common factor is that in each case the receiving country was confronted with the crucial question of how to deal with the arrival of a large number of people seeking refuge. They could not simply be sent away, but they were also widely seen in the receiving countries as an unpredictable challenge to stability and social cohesion