Forced migration and refugee resettlement in the long 1940s: an introduction to its connected and global history

Milinda Banerjee, Kerstin von Lingen

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Abstract

When considering the wave of forced migrations during the Second World War in Europe and Asia, and the international and institutional responses thereof, we can speak about the 1940s as witnessing the birth of a global refugee resettlement regime. Organisations including the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), the International Refugee Organization (IRO), and eventually the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) placed refugee resettlement at the heart of constructing the postwar world order. This volume adopts a global optic to investigate the formation of this international resettlement regime in Europe and Asia, while also studying refugee camps and movements, agency of refugees and migrants, decision factors for resettlement, and the intellectual production of people on the move. A historicisation of the global resettlement regime of the long 1940s may well carry important political and ethical lessons for us today, if only to remind us of the connected fates of our common humanity, and the responsibilities we therefore bear towards our fellow human beings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalItinerario
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Forced migration
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Global refugee resettlement scheme

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