Researching Refugees and Forced Migration in Eastern and Horn of Africa: Introducing the issues

Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt, Leah Kimathi, Michael Omondi Owiso

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    Refugees, forced migration and human displacement is growing across the globe and increasingly a growing body of scholarly literature has tried to capture the most important implications of this disturbing trend. Similarly, studies in Eastern and Horn of Africa have dramatically increased because of the complex and dynamic nature of displacement. While this is the case, researching refugees and forced migration remains challenging as evidenced in historical, political, policy, sociological and anthropological studies. A systematic categorization of this academic literature focusing on the region is however lacking. This paper traces the evolution of refugees and forced migration, identifies the issues and trends, the dominant conceptualizations, policy responses and uncovers the gaps that form suggestions for future studies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRefugees and Forced Migration in the Horn and Eastern Africa : Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
    EditorsJohannes Schmidt, Michael Owiso, Leah Kimathi
    Number of pages16
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    Publication date15 May 2019
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-03720-8
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-03721-5
    Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2019
    SeriesAdvances in African Economic, Social and Political Development


    • Forced displacement
    • Migration
    • Refugees
    • East Africa
    • Horn of Africa


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