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Bibliography on refugees and internally displaced persons

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AGIER, Michel. Gérer les indésirables : des camps de réfugiés au gouvernement humanitaire. FLAMMARION, 2008. 350 P. BIBLIOTHEQUE DES SAVOIRS.
Nearly fifty million people in the world are victims of forced displacement. Refugee camps, run by humanitarian organisations, allow these people to survive. This book, which is based on research in refugee camps, analyses the foundations, contexts and political impact of this form of humanitarian action. (Summary taken from the Ritimo network database).

BETTS, Alexander. Forced migration and global politics. WILEY BLACKWELL, 2009. 224 P.
Referring to a number of case studies, the author analyses global policy in relation to refugees. He also focuses on the correlation between international relations and forced exile, particularly since 11 September 2001.

CAMBREZY, Luc and LASSAILLY-JACOB, Véronique (Edited by). Populations réfugiées, de l’exil au retour. IRD, 2001. 418 P.
International migration has become one of the major issues in relations between states. The migration of refugees and IDPs, linked to political, ethnic or territorial conflicts, is evidence that the construction of certain nations remains fragile. The most common ways of dealing with refugees can be an obstacle to integration. They also show the limits of humanitarian aid which is less about prevention than cure. When peace returns, the return and reintegration of refugees in their country of origin also involves political, legal and economic difficulties which are obstacles to national reconstruction and, as such, sow the seeds of future international migration. These are some of the major themes covered in the different contributions in this book, certain of which, like those dealing with the Palestinian camps in Lebanon, the territorial struggle of the Sahrawi people or the difficult return of the Cambodian refugees, are still extremely topical. (Publisher’s note).

DAVIS, Sara and Luke Glanville (Edited by). Protecting the displaced: Deepening the responsibility to protect. BRILL ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS, May 2010. 218 P.
This edited collection has sought contributions from some of the foremost scholars of refugee and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) studies to engage with the conceptual and practical difficulties entailed in realising how the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) can be fulfilled by states and the international community to protect vulnerable persons. Contributors to this book were given one theme: to consider, based on their experience and knowledge, how R2P may be aligned with the protection of the displaced. Contributions explore the history and progress so far in aligning R2P with refugee and IDP protection, as well as examining the conceptual and practical issues that arise when attempting to expand R2P from words into deeds. (Publisher’s note)

GEOFFROY, Agnès de. Aux marges de la ville, les populations déplacées par la force : enjeux, acteurs et politiques : Etude comparée de Bogota (Colombie) et de Khartoum (Soudan). UNIVERSITE DE PARIS 8, September 2009. 511 P.
In the words of the UN, IDPs are people who have "… been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized State border”. Even though, in theory, the State has primary and ultimate responsibility for its population, the international community has shown more and more interest in this issue in the last twenty years and has established an increasingly sophisticated humanitarian response system. This comparative study of the cases of Khartoum and Bogota looks first at the problems and questions raised by the arrival of massive numbers of IDPs in a city, and then the issues that come to the fore in relation to the IDP population, the actors who are involved with them and the strategies that they adopt. Whereas in Bogota, aid policies and the aid system in place have a social and individual approach and are fundamentally structured around the re-establishment of human rights, in Khartoum, the political response is firmly based on security and spatial considerations. Be that as it may, in both situations the IDPs are a potential source of conflict and tension between the different types of actor involved, whether political or humanitarian. (Author’s note).

INTER-AGENCY. Protection of Conflict-induced IDPs: Assessment for Action. UNHCR, February 2008. 85 P.
Internally-displaced persons do not currently have a legal framework to protect them. It is necessary to assess their needs in terms of protection so that rules can be established and their rights can be defended. This document provides a framework for assessing the situation of IDPs and gives general guidance on participatory methodologies, aimed at facilitating dialogue and gathering of information from individuals and communities.
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INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT MONITORING CENTRE NORWEGIAN REFUGEE COUNCIL and OCHA (edited by). Guidance on profiling internally displaced persons. IASC, April 2008. 76 P.
In order to protect IDPs, develop programmes and carry out advocacy work, it is necessary to gather as much information as possible about them. This guide presents methods for collecting data and understanding national contexts to be used by humanitarian and national staff who work with IDPs.

PROTECTION CLUSTER WORKING GROUP. Handbook for the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons. 2008. 396 P.
In more than 50 countries around the world, some 24 million individuals are uprooted from their homes and displaced in their own country as a result of conflict or human rights violations. Internally displaced persons, or “IDPs,” are part of the broader civilian population that needs protection and assistance because of conflict and human rights abuses. The focus on IDPs in this Handbook is not intended to encourage preferential treatment of IDPs to the exclusion of other populations at risk; but rather to improve the quality of the response developed for IDPs whose needs have, until recently, been inadequately addressed by the international humanitarian response. (Publisher’s note)
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WILLIAMS, Rhodri C. Protecting Internally Displaced Persons: A Manual for Law and Policymakers. BROOKINGS-BERN PROJECT ON INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT, October 2008. 280 P.
Based on international human rights law, international humanitarian law and different national laws concerning IDPs, this manual is designed to provide guidance for national authorities seeking to adopt IDP legislation or policies.
Available at: http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2008/1016_internal_displacement.aspx

Ten Years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. FORCED MIGRATION REVIEW, Special Issue, December 2008. 40 P.
This special issue of the Forced Migration Review presents some of the discussions from the international conference, “Ten years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement”, which took place in Oslo on 16 and 17 October 2008.
Available at: http://repository.forcedmigration.org/show_metadata.jsp?pid=fmo:4752


Internal displacement monitoring centre http://www.internal-displacement.com

Forced migrations online http://www.forcedmigration.org

Refworld : http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/refworld/rwmain