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The Ethics and Practice of Refugee Repatriation

Mollie Gerver

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Combines qualitative fieldwork with analytical philosophy to provide guidelines for when it is right to help refugees repatriate

Every year, millions of people flee their countries to seek asylum abroad. When they arrive, many are forced into enclosed camps or denied residency rights. Some prefer to try to repatriate home, preferring the risks to a life without freedom. Mollie Gerver considers when bodies such as the UN, government agencies and NGOs ought to help refugees to return home. Drawing on original interviews with 172 refugees before and after repatriation, she resolves six moral puzzles arising from repatriation using the methods of analytical philosophy to provide a more ethical framework.

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1. Introduction
2. Coercion
3. Misinformation
4. Regret
5. Payments
6. Children
7. Discrimination
8. Restitution
9. Conclusion
Appendix A
Appendix B.

About the Author

Mollie Gerver is an Assistant Professor in Political Theory at the University of Essex. She obtained her PhD from the London School of Economics, and specializes in migration and the philosophy of consent. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including the British Journal of Political Science, Political Studies, and Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

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