“Souter is the first to provide a systematic and comprehensive reflection on the idea that under certain circumstances states can be morally required to grant asylum as reparation for unjustified harms. His discussion is clear, careful, and philosophically sophisticated. This is an important contribution.”
— Joseph H. Carens, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, Canada.
“How should the role of external states in generating refugee flows inform our understanding of obligations to refugees? In this book James Souter provides a lucid and compelling response to this question that elaborates the place of reparations within the moral functions of asylum. Working through a range of cases, Souter demonstrates the scope and significance of this reparative function for state responsibilities and its important role in strengthening the international refugee regime. This is a vital contribution to the political ethics of asylum that significantly develops the field.”
- Professor David Owen, Politics and International Relations, School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Southampton.
“In this excellent book, James Souter explores the urgent question of state responsibility for asylum. Which countries should be responsible for refugees, and why? He provides an original, compelling, and nuanced case for viewing asylum as reparation for states’ role in the causes displacement, whether due to military intervention, climate change, or colonial legacies. Asylum as Reparation is a significant contribution to Political Theory and Refugee Studies, which will be of great interest to students, researchers, and practitioners interested in the design of more just refugee policies.”
- Alexander Betts
, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, University of Oxford.
“This book fills an important gap in the literature on the ethics of asylum, by detailing how asylum can be a form of reparation rather than mainly a fulfilment of humanitarian obligations. Unlike dominant accounts of asylum, this book emphasises the role of refugee-receiving states in contributing to the production of refugees. This emphasis ought to strongly impact how the literature as a whole understands asylum, leading us towards a more political and historical understanding. The book is exceptionally well-written and, as the first account of asylum as reparation, will be one of the key texts in this field.”
- Clara Sandelind, University of Manchester
“Asylum as Reparation is an insightful, sophisticated, original work that forces us to rethink the traditional moral basis for protecting refugees. By highlighting the need to take the historical wrongs suffered by the displaced seriously, Souter has produced a book that is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of asylum.”
-Matthew J. Gibney, Professor of Politics and Forced Migration, University of Oxford
“What does justice for refugees require? James Souter provides fresh insights into this critical question through his incisive examination of asylum as a form of reparation. Souter illuminates responsibilities towards those displaced in conflicts and in connection with colonial legacies and the effects of climate change, and the conditions in which the provision of asylum may help to redress such complex harms. This ambitious and important book will be of great interest to anyone concerned with respect for refugees’ rights, and accountability for harms endured by forced migrants.”
— Megan Bradley, Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar, Political Science and International Development Studies, McGill University, Canada