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The Property Rights of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: Beyond Restitution

ISBN13: 9780415579605
Published: April 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £115.00
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Protecting the Property Rights of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: Beyond Restitution pursues a rigorous examination of the various ways in which the protection of housing and property rights can contribute to durable solutions to displacement.

The focus of most of the international community’s recent protection efforts has been on returning displaced persons to their homes following armed conflict. However, this focus on return has come at the expense of considering other possible durable solutions, particularly in cases of protracted displacement.

In this book, Anneke Smit chronicles the failure of the international community’s attempts to promote widespread return through establishing housing and property restitution mechanisms. Drawing on a variety of displacement situations, and referring throughout to international human rights and refugee law, property law and theory, and sociological and anthropological literature on displacement and the meaning of ‘home’, she argues that a housing and property policy which supports integration in the communities where refugees and internally displaced persons find themselves after conflict is likely to represent a more effective and sustainable approach than a singular focus on return.

Protecting the Property Rights of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons is based on extensive academic research, including fieldwork, as well as more than a decade of the author's practical experience working on displacement issues with government, international organisation and NGO actors. It will be of considerable interest to those with academic and policy interests in the rights of refugees and displaced persons.

Public International Law, Immigration, Asylum, Refugee and Nationality Law
Chapter 1: International law protections of housing and property rights for refugees and IDPs
Chapter 2: Modern experiences with the protection of housing and property rights following displacement
Chapter 3: The law, politics and sociology of durable solutions to displacement
Chapter 4: The success of restitution and failure of return
Chapter 5: Formalising property rights in temporary shelter space
Chapter 6: Regularising secondary occupation and the uses of compensation
Chapter 7: Creating new housing and property solutions