In this Book

buy this book Buy This Book in Print
summary

International treaties, conventions, and organizations to protect refugees were established in the aftermath of World War II to protect people escaping targeted persecution by their own governments. However, the nature of cross-border displacement has transformed dramatically since then. Such threats as environmental change, food insecurity, and generalized violence force massive numbers of people to flee states that are unable or unwilling to ensure their basic rights, as do conditions in failed and fragile states that make possible human rights deprivations. Because these reasons do not meet the legal understanding of persecution, the victims of these circumstances are not usually recognized as “refugees,” preventing current institutions from ensuring their protection. In this book, Alexander Betts develops the concept of “survival migration” to highlight the crisis in which these people find themselves.

Examining flight from three of the most fragile states in Africa—Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Somalia—Betts explains variation in institutional responses across the neighboring host states. There is massive inconsistency. Some survival migrants are offered asylum as refugees; others are rounded up, detained, and deported, often in brutal conditions. The inadequacies of the current refugee regime are a disaster for human rights and gravely threaten international security. In Survival Migration, Betts outlines these failings, illustrates the enormous human suffering that results, and argues strongly for an expansion of protected categories.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. open access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. open access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. p. v
  3. open access Download |
  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xi
  3. open access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
  3. open access Download |
  1. 1. Survival Migration
  2. pp. 10-28
  3. open access Download |
  1. 2. The National Politics of International Institutions
  2. pp. 29-53
  3. open access Download |
  1. 3. South Africa: The Ad Hoc Response to the Zimbabwean Influx
  2. pp. 54-77
  3. open access Download |
  1. 4. Botswana: The Division of Zimbabweans into Refugees and Migrants
  2. pp. 78-89
  3. open access Download |
  1. 5. Angola: The Expulsion of the Congolese
  2. pp. 90-116
  3. open access Download |
  1. 6. Tanzania: The Paradoxical Response to Congolese from South Kivu
  2. pp. 117-134
  3. open access Download |
  1. 7. Kenya: Humanitarian Containment and the Somalis
  2. pp. 135-159
  3. open access Download |
  1. 8. Yemen: Contrasting Responses to Somalis and Ethiopians
  2. pp. 160-172
  3. open access Download |
  1. 9. Improving the Refugee Protection Regime
  2. pp. 173-187
  3. open access Download |
  1. Conclusion: Implementation Matters
  2. pp. 188-198
  3. open access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 199-212
  3. open access Download |
  1. References
  2. pp. 213-226
  3. open access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-234
  3. open access Download |

Additional Information

ISBN
9780801468964
Related ISBN
9780801451065
MARC Record
OCLC
857069280
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.