African Refugees is a comprehensive overview of the context, causes, and consequences of refugee lives, discussing issues, policies, and solutions for African refugees around the world. It covers overarching topics such as human rights, policy frameworks, refugee protection, and durable solutions, as well as less-studied topics such as refugee youths, refugee camps, LGBTQ refugees, urban refugees, and refugee women. It also takes on rare but emergent topics such as citizenship and the creativity of African refugees.
Toyin Falola and Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso showcase the voices and experiences of individual refugees through the sweep of history to tell the African refugee story from the historical past through current developments, covering the full range of experience from the causes of flight to living in exile, all while maintaining a persistent focus on the complicated search for solutions. African Refugees recognizes African agency and contributions in pursuit of solutions for African refugees over time but avoids the pitfalls of the colonial gaze—where refugees are perpetually pathologized and Africa is always the sole cause of its own problems—seeking to complicate these narratives by recognizing African refugee issues within exploitative global, colonial, and neo-colonial systems of power.
List of Illustrations List of Acronyms Maps Preface Acknowledgements Part I: Context 1. Refugeehood in Africa 2. Refugee Studies 3. African Refugee Studies 4. Human Rights Instruments on African Refugees 5. States and Policy Frameworks Part II: Making Refugees 6. Colonialism and the Making of Refugees in Africa 7. Postcolonial Politics, Wars and African Refugee Problems 8. Internal Displacement in Africa Part III: Displaced Lives 9. Refugee Camps and Settlements in Africa 10. Urban Refugees 11. African Refugee Women: Gendering Policy and Protection 12. African Refugee Youth 13. Hope in Displacement: Refugees and Cultures of Creativity Part IV: Protection and Solutions 14. Refugee Protection and Management 15. Durable Solutions and the Crisis of Development 16. Home, Return and Postrelocation Part V: Conclusion 17. Citizenship, Rights and Development 18. The Future: Ending Africa's Refugee Crisis Bibliography Index
Toyin Falola is president of the African Studies Association and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of A History of Nigeria and many other books, and holds several honorary doctorates.
"African Refugees seeks to evaluate and negotiate the redefinitions, reevaluations, and reconstructions of the phenomenon of refugees, foregrounding the people in an African experience. It goes deeper than most existing books as it emphasizes "a new dawn" or change in the topicality and subject matter in refugee writings via a historical perspective that is overshadowed by expected topics such as human rights, policy frameworks, refugee protection, and durable solutions; as well as less-studied topics such as refugee youths, refugee camps, urban refugees, and refugee women. It takes on rare but emergent topics, such as citizenship and the creativity of African refugees. It tells the African refugee story from the long historical past through current developments, covering the full range of experience from the causes of flight to living in exile, and it maintains a persistent focus on the complicated search for solutions."—Fenda A. Akiwumi, University of South Florida
"This voluminous work takes an all-inclusive decolonial approach to the study of forced migration, causes and consequences, refugees in Africa and the diaspora, humanitarian studies, and rethinking futuristic approaches to solving the crises."—Ogenga Otunnu, DePaul University