Edited by Cecilia M. Bailliet
Chapter 14: Refugees and peace
This chapter explores how refugeehood is intrinsically linked to various aspects of peace. First, as is evidenced by the definition of ‘refugee’, refugees may be seen as consequences of breaches of peace. Second, the grant of asylum is a peaceful and humanitarian act that should not be regarded as unfriendly by another state. Third, the linkage between refugees and (a lack of) peace is apparent in the reality in which refugee protection is deeply affected by greater security issues. Finally, the notion of peace is also relevant in discussions of durable solutions for refugees; repatriation, resettlement, and local integration all have the ultimate goal of allowing refugees to rebuild their lives in dignity and peace.
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