Escape From Violence: Conflict and the Refugee Crisis in the Developing World

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The developing world has been overwhelmed by major refugee crises in the past few decades, and a rapidly changing world has altered the dynamics of refugee flows and their root causes. For this reason, the authors of Escape From Violence: Conflict and the Refugee Crisis in the Developing World, attempt to provide a more realistic theoretical framework of refugee trends in order to prescribe ways in which the developed world can help alleviate the problem. The book attempts to clarify why there have been so many refugees emerging recently from the developing world, why they leave in varying volumes, where they end up, and why they go back or not. The findings indicate that patterns of refugee flows and conflict are affected by various …show more content…
Despite the fact that the above definition is quite selective and precise, there is still debate about its inclusiveness and whether it should be modified to adapt to account for more recent phenomena. The word refugee originated in France and its classic definition was used to describe foreigners who were escaping religious persecution. This conceptualization of a refugee is illustrated well by the case of the Huguenots, who were Calvinists escaping to England to flee from French persecution in the late seventeenth century. One reason the Huguenots were considered refugees is because they were “people fleeing a life-threatening danger – with “life” referring to spiritual as well as physical existence,” and this was based on their membership in a specific religion that

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