Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781848130463 Published November 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $126.95 ISBN: 9781848130456 Published November 2008 For sale in North and South America only

Relocation Failures in Sri Lanka

A Short History of Internal Displacement and Resettlement

Robert Muggah

Relocation Failures in Sri Lanka

Robert Muggah

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336 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2008  
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781848130463 Published November 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $126.95 ISBN: 9781848130456 Published November 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Each year, millions of people are internally displaced and resettled in the wake of wars and floods or to make way for large-scale development projects, and this number is increasing. Humanitarian and development specialists continue to struggle with designing and executing effective protection strategies and durable solutions. 

Relocation Failures explains how internal displacement and efforts to engineer resettlement are conceived and practiced by policy makers and practitioners. The author argues that policies for internally displaced peoples are weak and diluted by narrow interpretations of state sovereignty and collective action dilemmas, and in the case of Sri Lanka, unintentionally intensified ethnic segregation and ultimately war. 

This unique new book considers the origins and parameters of internal displacement and resettlement policy and practice and proposes an explanation for why it often fails. In highlighting the ways that development assistance can exacerbate smoldering conflicts, the volume provides an important caution to the aid community.
Contents
Acknowledgements
List of Acronyms
Introduction
Chapter 1. A unified approach to displacement and resettlement
Chapter 2. Protection and durable solutions: regimes for internally displaced and resettled populations
Chapter 3. A short history of settlement and resettlement in Sri Lanka
Chapter 4. Resettlement for development: Systems L and B
Chapter 5. Resettlement during war: Trincomalee and Batticaloa
Chapter 6. Resettlement after the wave: reflections on the North and East
Conclusions
Annex 1a-1d. Mapping ethnic distributions: 1911 to 2001
References
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