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Surmounting Indifference: Refugees and the New Statecraft

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/10.1093/0199250316.003.0006
 Surmounting Indifference: Refugees and the New Statecraft

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Several broad trends provide the context for current refugee policy responses. The debate over national sovereignty and humanitarian intervention, while not new, reached a crescendo over the past decade as refugees and population movements more generally necessarily diminished the exclusive prerogative of state sovereignty relating to border control in the modern world. Europe is a fertile setting for the development of regional capacities that can blend military and civilian responses to humanitarian crises, both within and outside Europe, including at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Yet, the difficulty of protecting and assisting internally displaced persons, continues to raise basic questions about the competence of the international system and the implementation mechanisms for human rights and humanitarian law. International migration provides the broad context for the evolution of refugee policy.

Keywords: Europe; human rights law; humanitarian intervention; humanitarian law; internally displaced persons; international migration; national sovereignty; NATO; refugee policy; regional capacities

Chapter.  14262 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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