Beyond Charity

Beyond Charity : International Cooperation and the Global Refugee Crisis. A Twentieth Century Fund Book

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With more than 18 million refugees worldwide, the refugee problem tops the agenda in intergovernmental meetings and has fostered an intense debate regarding what political changes are necessary in the international system to provide effective solutions in the 1990s and beyond. In the past, refugees have been perceived largely as a problem of international charity, but as the end of the Cold War triggers new refugee movements across the globe, governments are being
forced to develop a more systematic approach to the refugee problem.
Beyond Charity provides the first extensive overview of the world refugee crisis today, asserting that refugees are a political issue and must be dealt with as such. Gil Loescher argues persuasively that a central challenge in the post Cold-War era is to develop a comprehensive refugee policy that preserves the right of asylum while promoting greater political and diplomatic efforts to address the causes of flight. He presents the contemporary crisis in a historical framework
and explores the changing role of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees. Loescher suggests short-term and long-term reforms that address both the current refugee crisis and its underlying causes. The book also details the ways governmental structures and international organizations
could be strengthened to assume more effective assistance, protection, and political mediation functions. Beyond Charity clarifies the complex issues surrounding the global refugee crisis and offers directions for more effective approaches to refugee problems at present and in the future.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 155 x 233 x 21mm | 429g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • line figures, tables
  • 0195102940
  • 9780195102949
  • 1,901,905

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The introductory text for those interested in refugee affairs ... Whether for the undergraduate or graduate student, for the lay person or the professional aid worker, this book is always readable. It concisely presents the causes and consequences of refugee movements ... The book is far-reaching in its international examples ... an important book, far-reaching in its implications. * Journal of Refugee Studies * ...a valuable survey of the contemporary legal and international institutional important book and a valuable resource fort eaching and research. Future students of the subject will start here. * Political Studies * `This is an essential book for scholars, students, and libraries ... The fundamentals are stated in admirably clear prose and based on carefully researched facts ... this is a fine book, at once informative and creative.'
American Political Science Review '... timely book ... Beyond Charity comprehensively charts the trends in the massive displacements of peoples ... comprehensive analysis of refugee problems,'
Angela Penrose. Save the Children Fund. International Relations Vol XII, No 2, Aug '94 `Beyond Charity comprehensively charts the trends in the massive displacements of peoples through the violence and conflict associated with decolonization, national liberation struggles and post-independence civil strife.'
International Relations `Gil Loescher has written a fine book and makes a convincing case for enlightened self-interest in future refugee policy.'
International Affairs `Gil Loescher has written a fine book and makes a convincing case for enlightened self-interest in future refugee policy.'
International Affairs `Beyond Charity contains all the qualities we have come to expect in a book on refugees by Gil Loescher: thorough research, mastery of a broad range of facts ... As a history and analysis of international post-First World War refugee policy, it is unsurpassed. As a guide to future policy it is challenging and controversial. In all, it is one of the most important books ever to appear on the issue of the global refugee problem and responses to it ... He has laid
out more cogently than any other scholar in the field both the evolution of current refugee instruments and their structural weaknesses.'
Journal of International Affairs `excellent new book ... Loescher provides a consistent and convincing political analysis of the historical evolution of the international refugee regime and its contemporary limitations ... Beyond Charity is a valuable addition to the literature on refugees and humanitarian assistance, which will be of particular value to the growing number of academics and students now focusing on these issues ... a coherent examination of the global refugee crisis and a
balanced assessment of the contribution which UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies can make in their efforts to respond.'
Refugee Survey Quarterly `Loescher presents a balanced and well-documented account of the world refugee crisis and the international mechanisms currently in place for dealing with it.'
Foreign Affairs `comprehensive, academic ... astonishing study of the global refugee crisis ... This is one of the first comprehensive overviews of a global crisis which has tended to reveal itself piecemeal'
Sunday Times `Comprehensive ... astonishing study.'
The Sunday Times `an important new book ... enormously detailed.
Jonathan Power
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About Gil Loescher

Gil Loescher is Professor of International Relations at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the Advisory Board of International Experts to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. He is co-editor of Refugees and International Relations (Oxford, 1989).
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