Refugees and International Security

Citation:

Goldenziel, Jill I. 2010. “Refugees and International Security.” On the Move: Migration Challenges in the Indian Ocean Littoral.

Abstract:

Recent civil and international conflicts have given rise to a global crisis of human displacement. Resultant refugee flows have created humanitarian and political woes in their host states. A major part of this displacement has occurred in the Middle East, and from this region to other parts of the world.* For the most part, host states in the region are poor and politically distant from traditional sources of power and funding in the international community. Palestinian and Iraqi refugees present particularly revealing case studies of the strength and efficacy of the international refugee management system. The protracted plight of these refugees has become an international security issue as terrorist groups have recruited from refugee camps. This article discusses the conditions under which refugees may become a threat to international security.

Notes:

Recent civil and international conflicts have given rise to a global crisis of human displacement. Resultant refugee flows have created humanitarian and political woes in their host states. A major part of this displacement has occurred in the Middle East, and from this region to other parts of the world.* For the most part, host states in the region are poor and politically distant from traditional sources of power and funding in the international community. Palestinian and Iraqi refugees present particularly revealing case studies of the strength and efficacy of the international refugee management system. The protracted plight of these refugees has become an international security issue as terrorist groups have recruited from Palestinian refugee camps. This article discusses the conditions under which refugees may become a threat to international security.

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