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UNHCR and Voluntary Repatriation of Refugees

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Marjoleine ZieckUniversity of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

ISBN13: 9789041104090
ISBN: 9041104097
Published: July 1999
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Hardback
Price: £220.00

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Voluntary repatriation of refugees is generally considered to be the preferred solution to what is referred to as ""the problem of refugees"". This study attempts to analyze the legal meaning of voluntary repatriation, its place within the framework of universal refugee law, and whether or not it deserves to be called an ideal solution. The focus of the text is on UNHCR - the agency which is mandated to assist in the voluntary repatriation of refugees - as the constant and recurrent actor in the practice of organized large-scale repatriations. A brief historical analysis is followed by four real-life case studies of the voluntary repatriation: of Cambodian refugees in 1980 and again in 1992 and 1993; of Iraqi (Kurdish) refugees in 1991; and of Mozambican refugees (from Malawi) in 1993-1995.

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Part I The legal framework: the concept of international refugee law; some historical observations; the mandate of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; marking the contours of voluntary repatriation. Part II Voluntary repatriation in practice: Cambodia (Thailand) 1980; Iraq (Turkey) 1991; Cambodia (Thailand) 1992, 1993; Mozambique (Malawi) 1993-1995. Part III Synthesis: the solution of voluntary repatriation; the concept of refugee law revisited. Appendix: the case of the IndoChinese refugees or an exceptional case of voluntary repatriation. Summary in Dutch.