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Refugees and Migrants in Law and Policy

Challenges and Opportunities for Global Civic Education

  • Helmut Kury
  • Sławomir Redo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lxxx
  2. The Background of the “Refugee Problem”: History, Present and Future in the Light of Research—The Role of the Media

  3. The Two Sides of One Coin: Integration of Refugees/Migrants in Host Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Michael Platzer
      Pages 191-205
    3. Ronald Freytag, Justin Reichelt, Vaishnavi Upadrasta
      Pages 295-312
    4. Helmut Kury, John P. J. Dussich, Maximilian Wertz
      Pages 313-354
    5. Jasmin Ateia, Philip Bona, Stephan Schmieglitz
      Pages 367-377

About this book


Refugees and migration are not a new story in the history of humankind, but in the last few years, against a backdrop of huge numbers of migrants, especially from war-torn countries, they have again been a topic of intensive and contentious discussion in politics, the media and scientific publications. Two United Nations framework declarations on the sustainable development goals and on refugees and migrants adopted in 2016 have prompted the editors – who have a background in international criminology – to invite 60 contributors from different countries to contribute their expertise on civic education aspects of the refugee and migrant crisis in the Global North and South. Comprising 35 articles, this book presents an overview of the interdisciplinary issues involved in irregular migration around the world. It is intended for educationists, educators, diplomats, those working in mass media, decision-makers, criminologists and other specialists faced with questions involving refugees and migrants as well as those interested in improving the prospects of orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration in the context of promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

Rather than a timeline for migration policies based on “now”, with states focusing on “stopping migration now”, “sending back migrants now” or “bringing in technicians or low-skilled migrant workers now”, there should be a long-term strategy for multicultural integration and economic assimilation. This book, prefaced by François Crépeau, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, and William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration, addresses the question of the rights and responsibilities involved in migration from the academic and practical perspectives of experts in the field of social sciences and welfare, and charts the way forward to 2030 and beyond, and also beyond the paradigm of political correctness. 


Global citizenship education Lawfulness United Nations Earth jurisprudence Europe Yazidism Crime prevention PTSD Social justice Multiculturalism Migrants Host society Immigrants Refugees post traumatic stress disorder integration civic education asylum seeker Fugitive Syria

Editors and affiliations

  • Helmut Kury
    • 1
  • Sławomir Redo
    • 2
  1. 1. University of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Vienna Liaison OfficeAcademic Council on the United Nations SystemWienAustria

About the editors

Prof. Dr. habil. Dr. h.c. mult., Dipl.-Psych. Helmut Kury studied Psychology at the University of Freiburg (Freiburg im Brsg., Germany), Diploma, Dr. in Psychology and Habilitation at the University of Freiburg. Between 1970 and 1973 Assistant Teacher at the University of Freiburg, Institute for Psychology, from 1973 – 1980 and from 1989 to 2006 Senior Researcher at the Max Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Penal Law in Freiburg im Brsg., Department of Criminology (MPI). 1980 – 1988 first Director of the new established Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN). Research in offender rehabilitation, crime prevention, attitudes to punishment, fear or crime, punitiveness, alternatives to punishment, mediation, victim offender restitution, methodological problems of empirical social science research, especially in criminology, international comparison of crime and punishment. Many scientific contacts on the background of cooperation with former Soviet states and developing countries. Round about 700 scientific publications, most recent ones: Kury, H., Ferdinand, T.N. (Eds.)(2008). International Perspectives on Punitivity. Bochum: Universitätsverlag Dr. Brockmeyer; Kury, H. (Ed.)(2008). Fear of crime – Punitivity. New Developments in Theory and Research. Bochum: Universitätsverlag Dr. Brockmeyer; Kury, H., Shea, E. (Eds.)(2011). Punitivity – International Developments. 3 Vols., Bochum: Universitätsverlag Dr. Brockmeyer; Kury, H., Redo, S., Shea, E. (Eds.)(2016). Women and Children as Victims and Offenders: Background, Prevention, Reintegration. Suggestions for Succeeding Generations. International Publishing/CH: Springer, 2 Vols., Kury, H., Kuhlmann, A. (2016). Mediation in Germany and Other Western Countries. Kriminologijos studijos, Vilniaus Universitetas, 4, 5-46.

 Dr. iur. habil. Sławomir Redo - f. UN Senior Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Expert and staff of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (ret.); Senior Adviser, Academic Council on the United Nations System (Liaison Office, Austria, Vienna); Member of the Editorial Board of: Asian Journal of Criminology (Springer, Germany); Caribbean Journal of Criminology (The University of Western Indies, Jamaica) and Journal of International Organization Studies (UN Studies Association). About 80 publications on various crime and justice issues, mostly covered by United Nations law and practice, including cross-national crime trends, crime prevention, computerization of criminal justice, cybercrime, extradition, policing, principles of prosecution, judicial independence, victim compensation, death penalty, organized crime, and international criminal justice education. Author of: "Blue Criminology. The Power of United Nations Ideas to Counter Crime Globally" (2012); and three other books; Co-Editor of e.g.: "For the Rule of Law: Criminal Justice Teaching and Training across the World" (2008); "Global Crime and Justice Report" (1999), and "Women and Children as Victims and Offenders: Background – Prevention – Reintegration. Suggestions for Succeeding Generations" (Springer 2016). He teaches "The United Nations and Crime Prevention” course for graduate students.

Bibliographic information


“The lengthy, but rich book, which has undoubtedly become one of the major sources of reference in the field. In fact, this volume presents as well as encourages an interdisciplinary approach to the study of refugees and migrants from the overarching perspective of Global Civic Education. It is a handbook of strong research pieces of skilled experts, which can support others in their efforts to understand better and more of the multifaceted nature of international migration.” (István Tarrósy, Pécs Journal of International and European Law, Vol. 1, 2020)