Managing and Contatoing Displacement after the Cold War: UNHCR and Somali Refugees in Kenya

Jennifer Hyndman


This paper argues that distinct patterns
of managing human displacement have
emerged since the end of the Cold War.
Using the case of Somali refugees in
Kenya, the author illustrates what some
of these strategies are: the deployment of
"preventive zones" on the Somalian
side of the border; the designation of
prima facie refugee status which restricts
Somali refugees to camps, and
the reduction of opportunities for resettlement
abroad. All of these serve to regionalize
displacement in camps, for the
most part, without providing a sustainable
solution to the social and political
crisis at hand.

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