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State-building through refugee repatriation

Long, Katy (2013) State-building through refugee repatriation. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 6 (4). pp. 369-386. ISSN 1750-2977

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17502977.2012.714236


Repatriation has long been the international community's preferred solution to refugee crises. This article argues that repatriation must be understood not in terms of physical return but as a process of political rapprochement between citizen, community and state. In particular, this work takes account of the need to accommodate community-based political identities. Repatriation should be conceived of as the deliberate remaking of a social compact between not only refugee-citizen and state but also refugee-nation and state. This offers a means for resolving the inherent contradiction between the notion of universal human rights and contemporary political organization which determines meaningful access to these rights on the basis of group or national identities. This is particularly important given the role of group-based conflict in causing mass refugee flight.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Informa UK Ltd.
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JX International law
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2013 09:28
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 23:14

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