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International Humanitarianism and Refugee Protection: Consequences of Labeling and Politicization

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Authors
Song, Young Hoon
Issue Date
2013-12
Publisher
Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.20 No.2, pp. 1-19
Keywords
Forced MigrationRefugeesInternally Displaced Persons (IDPs)International Humanitarian Responses
Abstract
This study explores the inconsistency between legal frameworks and international humanitarian operations and examines characteristics of contemporary forced migration and international

humanitarian responses. Forced migration has been politicized and international humanitarian

responses have changed as follows. First, the increasing number of IDPs and changing national

refugee policies indicate that the international community is reluctant to host refugees. Second,

refugees are likely to relocate to neighboring countries, thereby intensifying the financial burdens on

host countries. Third, LDCs and developing countries are suffering from a greater burden than

developed countries to support refugees and IDPs because most forced migrants stay within their

countries of origin or within bordered countries. Finally, the recently increasing involvement of

UNHCR to help IDPs has made it difficult for a government to deny the access of the international community to displaced people in its territory.
ISSN
1226-8550
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/96554
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Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원)Dept. of International Studies (국제학과)Journal of International and Area StudiesJournal of International and Area Studies vol.20 (2013)
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