Just wrapped up another great semester of teaching at George Washington University (Fall 2019). This time it was cool to be the Professor with her own book teaching international policies for Refugee and Migrant Crisis. GWU students amaze me, very bright and engaged.
World Refugee Day: June 20, 2019
This day should be of concern to all of us, as it is a reminder that the issue of refugees, stateless people, asylum seekers and those who remain internally displaced within their countries continue to pose survival challenges for almost 70 million people of our world.
Regardless of the circumstances responsible for the displacement of people, and the opportunities afforded to them while in displacement, returning home remains the key aspiration for most of those displaced.
Integration into host societies, while a humane goal, remains far from satisfactory for the displaced. Once displaced, all dimensions of a human being; mental, physical, social, economic, political and legal become distorted. The once lost identity, on the day of displacement, can only be regained by returning home.
On this World Refugee Day, let’s hope that more effort can be extended to the issue of return than to the making of more refugee camps, collective centers, settlements, shelters, and migrant townships.
My recently published book: Internal Displacement and Conflict: The Kashmiri Pandits in Comparative Perspective elaborates on the meaning of return for those displaced from Kashmir Valley, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, Kosovo and Darfur.
Discount Code: SOC19
Book: Internal Displacement and Conflict: The Kashmiri Pandits in Comparative Perspective
Available through ROUTLEDGE (Publisher) at 20% discount, use the code SOC19.
Kosovo and Serbia still embrace the long-running dispute
In exchange for normalizing relations, Kosovo fears border changes and territory swaps by Serbia which is bound to resuscitate old animosities in the two former regions within the Yugoslavia federation.
Kosovo is no longer a province of Serbia, it lost that right in 2008, after Kosovo declared its independence. Serbia has yet to recognize Kosovo’s ambitions for a sovereign nation. Serbia’s Belgrade government has undermined Kosovo’s statehood, which has been recognized by most European countries and the United States.
While the long-running dispute between the two countries continues, the ethnic Serbs displaced from Kosovo continue to live in the outskirts of Belgrade in the collective centers which are soon going to be demolished.
Read the complete case analysis of the displaced ethnic Serbs in the soon to-be published book: ‘Internal Displacement and Conflict: The Kashmiri Pandits in Comparative Perspective’.
In addition to the Kashmiri Pandits, the book takes up the issue of the displaced ethnic Serbs, along with those displaced from Georgia (South Ossetia), Azerbaijan (Nagorno-Karabakh) and Sudan (Darfur).
First published 2019 by Routledge
ISBN: 978-1-138-35426-5 (hbk)
ISBN: 978-0-429-42765-7 (ebk)
Sudha G. Rajput
My article ‘Transitional Policies and Durable Solutions for Displaced Kashmiri Pandits’ appears in FORCED MIGRATION REVIEW, OXFORD University Press, U.K.