Africa’s Refugee Crisis in a Historical Perspective

Examination of the refugee situation in Africa, discussing the following issues: the problem of estimating the numbers of refugees; the historical causes of the refugee situation and the refugees’ countries of origin; the limitations of the definition of refugees as used by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees; and the debate over self-settlement versus organised settlement. The case of the Zairean refugees living along Lake Tanganyika illustrates the arguments in this debate. Notes, ref.

Title: Africa’s Refugee Crisis in a Historical Perspective
Author: Nindi, Benson C.
Year: 1986
Periodical: Transafrican Journal of History
Volume: 15
Pages: 96-107
Language: English
Geographic terms: Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/24328609
Abstract: Examination of the refugee situation in Africa, discussing the following issues: the problem of estimating the numbers of refugees; the historical causes of the refugee situation and the refugees’ countries of origin; the limitations of the definition of refugees as used by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees; and the debate over self-settlement versus organised settlement. The case of the Zairean refugees living along Lake Tanganyika illustrates the arguments in this debate. Notes, ref.