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Refugee Resettlement: Power, Politics, and Humanitarian Governance

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Refugee Resettlement

Power, Politics, and Humanitarian Governance

Edited by Adèle Garnier, Liliana Lyra Jubilut, and Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

330 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-944-8 $150.00/£107.00 Hb Published (August 2018)

ISBN  978-1-78533-969-1 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (August 2018)

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“This edited collection promises to become a standard read for anyone interested in the topic of resettlement. The book offers a much-needed critical take on the problematic fusion of (quasi-)humanitarian and control-oriented politics that characterizes today’s global migration and refugee management…. [and] the authors offer a well-informed insight into how resettlement has been conceptualized and reformed in recent decades.” • Martin Geiger, Carleton University


Examining resettlement practices worldwide and drawing on contributions from anthropology, law, international relations, social work, political science, and numerous other disciplines, this ground-breaking volume highlights the conflicts between refugees’ needs and state practices, and assesses international, regional and national perspectives on resettlement, as well as the bureaucracies and ideologies involved. It offers a detailed understanding of resettlement, from the selection of refugees to their long-term integration in resettling states, and highlights the relevance of a lifespan approach to resettlement analysis.

Adèle Garnier is a lecturer at the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University, Australia. She has held research positions at the Interuniversity Research Centre for Globalization and Work (CRIMT), Université de Montréal, Canada and the Group for Research on Migration, Ethnic Relations and Equality (GERME), Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. She has published in Refuge, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and WeltTrends.

Liliana Lyra Jubilut holds a PhD in International Law from Universidade de São Paulo, and an LLM in International Legal Studies from NYU School of Law. Currently, she is Professor of the Postgraduate Programme in Law at Universidade Católica de Santos and a Member of the IOM Migration Research Leaders Syndicate. She has been working with refugees’ issues since 1999.

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik is a Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies at PRIO and a Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo. Her work has appeared in Polar: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Refugee Survey Quarterly, the International Journal of Refugee Law, Disasters, the ICRC Review, Third World Quarterly, and the Law and Society Review.

Subject: Refugee & Migration Studies General Anthropology Political Economy


List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Refugee Resettlement as Humanitarian Governance: Power Dynamics
Adèle Garnier, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, and Liliana Lyra Jubilut


Chapter 1. Strategic Use of Resettlement: Enhancing Solutions for Greater Protection?
Joanne van Selm

Chapter 2. A Legal History: The Emergence of the African Resettlement Candidate in International Refugee Management    
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

Chapter 3. Brazil’s Refugee Resettlement: Power, Humanitarianism and Regional Leadership
Liliana Lyra Jubilut and Andrea Cristina Godoy Zamur


Chapter 4. Working It Out in Practice: Tensions Embedded in the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program Resolved through Implementation
Jessica H. Darrow

Chapter 5. Resettled Refugees and Work in Canada and Quebec: Humanitarianism and the Challenge of Mainstream Socioeconomic Participation
Adèle Garnier

Chapter 6. The Structural and Institutional Exclusion of Refugees in Australia
Ibolya Losoncz

Chapter 7. Shaping the Political Space for Resettlement: The Debate on Burden Sharing in Norway Following the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Linn Marie Reklev and Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert


Chapter 8. Parallel Pasts, Presents, and Futures: Narratives of Cambodian and Karen Refugees in the United States
Denise C. Lewis and Savannah S. Young

Chapter 9. “Giving Cases Weight”: Congolese Refugees’ Tactics for Resettlement Selection
Marnie Jane Thomson

Chapter 10. The Politics of Resettlement: Expectations and Unfulfilled Promises in Chile and Brazil
Marcia A. Vera Espinoza

Conclusion: The Moral Economy of the Resettlement Regime
Astri Suhrke and Adèle Garnier

Annex: Current Refugee Resettlement Program Profiles
Amanda Cellini


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