Refugee policy has failed frequently over the last decade of the 20th century, resulting in instability, terrible hardships and loss of life. This book offers a systematic review of this state of affairs and attempts to re-design policy to give fresh answers to old problems. Specific recommendations are made to re-conceive refugee policy to be more proactive and comprehensive as well as to re-organize how policy is formulated within and among governments.
1. Introduction ; 2. Why refugees matter ; 3. The last decade's refugee story ; 4. Humanitarian action and new complexities in refugee protection: the former Yugoslavia ; 5. Surmounting indifference: refugees and the new statecraft ; 6. Varieties of refugee concerns: the beginnings of a policy tool box ; 7. Imagining better refugee policy ; 8. International bureaucracy and the debasement of mercy ; 9. Reaction and inattention within the US Government ; 10. Achieving comprehensive and proactive refugee policy ; Conclusion