African States and the Politics of Refugees: Refugee Assistance as Political Resources

Jacobsen, Karen

Mass influxes of refugees are widely held to be one more intractable problem for impoverished and conflict-ridden African countries -- “a luxury [the world’s poorest states] .. can no longer afford” as a recent text put it (UNHCR 1998: 71). Refugees are seen to impose a variety of economic and environmental burdens on host countries, and to create or aggravate security threats. However, for ... read more

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