Journal Article

The Challenge of Durable Solutions for Refugees at the Thai–Myanmar Border

Sebastien Moretti

in Refugee Survey Quarterly

Published on behalf of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Volume 34, issue 3, pages 70-94
Published in print September 2015 | ISSN: 1020-4067
Published online August 2015 | e-ISSN: 1471-695X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rsq/hdv008
The Challenge of Durable Solutions for Refugees at the Thai–Myanmar Border

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In a context of uncertainty about the intentions of the Thai authorities, this article explores the opportunity to proceed with the repatriation of the Burmese refugees living in the camps along the border with Myanmar, based on a number of shifts in the current political environment. It is argued in this regard that the situation in Myanmar has not yet improved enough to justify the return of Burmese refugees on the basis of a “fundamental change of circumstances” in the country of origin. As repatriation alone will not be sufficient to close the camps in Thailand, this article discusses the importance of resorting to a “combination” of the three traditional durable solutions to refugee problems, including resettlement and local integration. Special consideration should also be given to what is sometimes referred to as the “4th solution” to the plight of refugees and displaced persons, that is, the regularization of their status as migrants within the country of asylum.

Keywords: refugees; Thailand; Myanmar; displaced persons; durable solutions; repatriation

Journal Article.  13328 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration ; Human Geography ; International Relations ; Aid and Relief Programmes ; Refugee Studies

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