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No Return, No Refuge: Rites and Rights in Minority Repatriation

Elazar Barkan and Howard Adelman


Refugee displacement is a global phenomenon that has uprooted millions of individuals over the past century. In the 1980s, repatriation became the preferred option for resolving the refugee crisis. As human rights achieved global eminence, refugees' right of return fell under its umbrella. Yet return as a right and its practice as a rite created a radical disconnect between principle and everyday practice, and the repatriation of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) remains elusive in cases of forced displacement of victims by ethnic conflict. Reviewing cases of ethnic displacement ... More

Keywords: refugee displacement, refugee crisis, Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, ethnic conflict, ethnicity, repatriation, ritual belief, camps

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231153362
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231153362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elazar Barkan, author
Columbia University

Howard Adelman, author