Refugees in International Relations by Alexander Betts

By Alexander Betts

Refugees lie on the middle of worldwide politics. The factors and effects of, and responses to, human displacement are intertwined with the various center matters of diplomacy. but, students of diplomacy have quite often bypassed the examine of refugees, and compelled Migration reviews has in most cases bypassed insights from diplomacy. Refugees in diplomacy hence represents an try to bridge the divide among those disciplines, and to put refugees in the mainstream of diplomacy. Drawing jointly the paintings and concepts of a mixture of the world's best and rising diplomacy students, Refugees in diplomacy considers what principles from diplomacy can supply our figuring out of the overseas politics of compelled migration. The insights draw from around the theoretical spectrum of diplomacy from realism to serious thought to feminism, overlaying concerns together with overseas cooperation, protection, and the foreign political financial system. They have interaction with probably the most not easy political and sensible questions in modern compelled migration, together with peacebuilding, post-conflict reconstruction, and statebuilding. the result's a collection of hugely unique chapters, yielding not just new recommendations of wider relevance to diplomacy but additionally insights for lecturers, policy-makers, and practitioners engaged on compelled migration particularly and humanitarianism as a rule.

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Indeed, the decision of states to provide protection, contribute to durable solutions for refugees or IDPs, or to address the root causes of displacement through military intervention, diplomacy, development, post-conflict reconstruction, or peace-building are all determined by political as well as other factors. Understanding the conditions under which there is variation in states' (and other actors') responses to forced migration is a crucial part of understanding how to reduce the negative human consequences of displacement.

In that sense refugees are defined by a number of aspects—notably being outside the country of origin and fleeing persecution. In the vernacular, the term 'refugee' is often much broader. It is popularly seen by the media and the public as incorporating people fleeing a range of causes including authoritarian regimes; conflict; human rights violations; large-scale development projects; environmental disasters resulting from hurricanes, tsunamis, and climate change; and as including uprooted people who do not cross an international border but are instead displaced within their country of origin.

When states decide to provide assistance to refugees or IDPs from or within another state, they choose to allocate scarce resources to non-citizens. They may contribute to finding solutions for refugees by making financial contributions through humanitarian organizations. However, states' financial contributions have generally been highly selective and have rarely been motivated exclusively by humanitarian or altruistic concerns. There is therefore a need to understand the range of political motives that underlie states' selective contributions to supporting displaced people who are in need of international protection and assistance.

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