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What Do We Owe to Refugees?

What Do We Owe to Refugees?

by David Owen
Publication Date: 23/03/2020
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Who are refugees? Who, if anyone, is responsible for protecting them? What forms should this protection take? In a world of people fleeing from corrupt governments, civil wars, state failure, famine and environmental disasters, these are politically urgent and ethically pressing questions.

In this book, David Owen reveals how the contemporary politics of refugee protection is structured by two rival pictures of refugees, and traces their roots in the history of refugee protection. By reconstructing this history, he proposes a way of understanding the value and purpose of the institution of refugeehood that moves us beyond our current impasse. Distinguishing between what is owed to refugees in general and what is owed to different types of refugee, Owen provides a clear account of the responsibilities of refugee protection and the forms of international co-operation required to discharge them.

At a time when refugee protection is once again prominent on the international agenda, this book offers a guide to understanding the challenges it raises and why addressing it matters for all of us, citizen and refugee alike.

Political science & theory
Publication Date:
Polity Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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David Owen

David Owen achieved 1st class honours in BA Creative Writing and MA Writing for Children at The University of Winchester, where he went on to teach on the BA Creative Writing course for three years. He hopes that one day all of his students will surpass his own achievements.

David's debut YA novel, Panther (2015) received rave reviews, and was nominated for the Carnegie medal. He is the Content and Social Media specialist for and a former freelance games journalist. David spends most of his time thinking about biscuits.

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