More than a decade into the 21st century, refugee issues remain a global concern of staggering scale. In 2009, there were 36.5 million people under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The United Nations reported refugees in at least 150 countries. Even worse: roughly 19,000 refugees seeking asylum are children who are unaccompanied by an adult.
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Utilizing international perspectives, this unprecedented collection of essays from leading authorities on refugee studies spotlights the realities and challenges of the global refugee population.
With increasing changes in the socio-political climate of the world as well as with the rising numbers of natural disasters, people of all ethnicities and nationalities are frequently forced from their homes and their homelands. While there is a substantial body of work that addresses refugee policies, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other specific issues, there have been few attempts to understand refugee health or comprehend overall refugee adaptation—until now.
This is the first work to address refugee issues worldwide, addressing the psychological, health, human rights, political, public policy, law, economic, social, and personal aspects of this universal problem. Refugees Worldwide also includes examples of first-person refugee stories from around the world—eye-opening information not available in any other work. Drawing on the expertise of myriad international researchers, theoreticians, and practitioners from representative nations around the world, this four-volume set effectively speaks to a number of refugee issues from a truly global perspective.
- Contributions from 60 leading authorities on refugee studies
- Bibliography features comprehensive international and interdisciplinary sources focusing on human migration and refugee studies
- Provides a global and comparative perspective on refugee issues
- Supplies an overview of all salient global concerns regarding refugees
- Presents an in-depth examination of the issues of refugee health and mental health
- Outlines a global picture of programs and services to meet refugee needs
- Specifically written to be accessible to students while providing useful information to scholars and researchers