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Title: Seeking Refuge: Asylum Seekers and Politics in a Globalising World
Contributor(s): Coghlan, Jo  (editor); Minns, John (editor); Wells, Andrew (editor)
Publication Date: 2005
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Abstract: The tragedy facing refugees is man made at all levels. People do not easily leave their homes, communities, friends, relatives, and often the familiarity of their first language, culture and religion. Yet the extreme circumstances which cause refugees to do so are not 'natural' events-earthquakes, floods or droughts. In the most immediate sense we can blame local elites, dictators or ethnic hatreds for these millions of personal tragedies which make up the refugee 'crisis'. But they are more than that. The behaviours of these elites and dictators and the revival or acceleration of ethnic hatred are not purely the result of local conjunctions. There is far too much similarity across many tragedies-from Rwanda to Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and Sri Lanka-for that to be an adequate explanation. They are a product of a world system in which 'zones of instability' are a predictable result of the workings of a market system, now more aggressive and unforgiving than ever.
Publication Type: Book
Publisher: University of Wollongong Press
Place of Publication: Wollongong, Australia
ISBN: 9781920831509
Field of Research (FOR): 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
160805 Social Change
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
940201 Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Category Description: A3 Book - Edited
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Extent of Pages: 142
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