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What Do We Owe to Refugees?

David Owen

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Polity Press
07 February 2020
Society & Social Sciences; Refugees & political asylum; Political science & theory
Who are refugees? Who, if anyone, is responsible for protecting them? What forms should this protection take? In a world of people fleeing from civil wars, state failure, and environmental disasters, these are ethically and politically pressing questions.

In this book, David Owen reveals how the contemporary politics of refuge is structured by two rival historical pictures of refugees. In reconstructing this history, he advocates an understanding of refugeehood that moves us beyond our current impasse by distinguishing between what is owed to refugees in general and what is owed to different types of refugee. He provides an account of refugee protection and the forms of international cooperation required to implement it that is responsive to the claims of both refugees and states.

At a time when refugee protection is once again prominent on the international agenda, this book offers a guide to understanding the challenges this topic raises and shows why addressing it matters for all of us.
By:   David Owen
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 189mm,  Width: 124mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   154g
ISBN:   9781509539741
ISBN 10:   1509539743
Series:   Political Theory Today
Pages:   140
Publication Date:   07 February 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Owen is Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Southampton

Reviews for What Do We Owe to Refugees?

'David Owen provides historical, conceptual, principled and practical perspectives on questions about refugees. His book is clear and accessible, but also subtle and sophisticated. It greatly advances our understanding of this important issue.' Joseph H. Carens, University of Toronto 'A sparkling introduction to the central ethical issues raised by refugees from a respected philosopher. This work is a major contribution to our understanding of this great challenge of our time.' Matthew J. Gibney, University of Oxford


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