Description - Terms of Refuge by W. Courtland Robinson
In the last 20 years alone, some three million war-affected people have fled their homes in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. This book tells the story of this modern exodus and the international community's response, spearheaded by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. The UNHCR pioneered innovations like the Orderly Departure Programme, anti-piracy and rescue-at-sea efforts, and reintegration projects for returnees. At times it tried to reshape fundamentally the terms of the debate about refugees. Today the camps in Southeast Asia are closed. Half a million people have returned home and over two million have started new lives abroad. This book takes stock and poses important questions. How did the flight of refugees evolve? How do we evaluate the international response? What has been the legacy in Asia itself? And what lessons can be drawn for use in other refugee situations around the world?
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Author Biography - W. Courtland Robinson
W. Courtland Robinson, is an assistant professor at the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.