Chapter

Why Refugees Matter

Arthur C. Helton

in The Price of Indifference

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199250318
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599477 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199250316.003.0002
 Why Refugees Matter

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While frequently neglected as an important aspect of globalization, refugees matter in a variety of ways to states, host communities, and individuals. The end of the cold war changed responses to forced migration emergencies in fundamental ways. The ideological value of refugees was reduced, and, at the same time, impediments to international intervention were lifted.

But there is no single answer, no single tool or even formula or combination of tools to deal with particular displacement situations. Sustainable policy requires the institutionalization of preventive approaches and effective forms of international cooperation.

Keywords: Cold War; forced migration; globalization; ideology; institutionalization; international cooperation; international intervention; prevention; refugee policy; refugees

Chapter.  4447 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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