Examines question of refugees from perspective of African politics to develop a better understanding of the changing response of African states to the mass arrival and prolonged presence of refugees
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"A useful contribution to the study of African refugee politics...Milner should be applauded for setting out this persuasive new research agenda."
- Oxford Journals, February 2011
'...this is an excellent book, thoughtful and provocative, and an example of the kind of engaged research we need if we care about pushing advocacy and support for refugees forward.' - Jacqueline Klopp, Columbia University, African Affairs
How can we understand the plight of refugees in Africa? Why are refugees now spending an average of 17 years in exile? Why have African states required refugees to remain in isolated and insecure camps? Is there a better approach to the needs of refugees in Africa?
This book answers these questions by examining the history and politics of asylum in Africa and the response of key African states to the mass arrival and prolonged presence of refugees. By situating the question of refugees within the broader context of African politics, the book outlines the broad range of factors that influence the asylum policies of African states. Building from these lessons, the book outlines the politics of asylum in Africa and proposes a new approach to addressing the needs of the continent's refugees.
This approach leads to important lessons not only for the study of asylum in Africa, but also for the future of refugee protection in Africa.
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