111. Temporary Protection

Manuel Angel Castillo, James C. Hathaway


The authors argue for a humane and dignified
conceptualization of temporary protection,
in which "refugee containment" is
emphatically rejected. Mechanisms to respond
to refugee vulnerabilities, safeguard
the family, preserve forms of social organization,
and meaningfully involve refugees in
constructive interaction with their host communities
are outlined. A maximum duration
of five years is proposed, subject both to early
adjustment to meet special needs and a firm
commitment to ensure a permanent solution
at the expiration of that timefame. The necessity
of mandated repatriation in safety and
dignity is acknowledged, though proposals
are advanced to maximize voluntary repatriation
as a preferred response. This is a substantially abbreviated version of the authors'
original work. Please refer to the notice at the
end of this section if you are interested in
obtaining a full copy of the paper, which is
expected to be published in mid-1996.

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