Refugees as (Political) Agents: A Review of Three Recent Books in the Political Theory of Refugees
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Mollie Gerver, The Ethics and Practice of Refugee Repatriation, Edinburgh University Press, 2018, 248 pp
Natasha Saunders, International Political Theory and the Refugee Problem, Routledge, 2018, 204 pp
Ruvi Ziegler, Voting Rights of Refugees, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 262 pp
The public portrayal of refugees is as victims. Think of images of refugees waiting in long lines for water or food, or images of lifeless bodies drifting to shore from the Mediterranean. Recent stories about refugees focus on their being detained in cages at the US-Mexico border, on whether captains of rescue boats are acting criminally by rescuing refugees from sinking ships, and on whether it is a violation of law to leave water and other basic necessities in the desert for migrants passing by. These stories tell one side of the refugee experience, of their unmet needs, and of their being victims in need of rescue.
The conditions that refugees face are unambiguously harsh ones, and increasingly so as...
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