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Fall 2012 - 62185 - PA188G - Topics in Global Policy Studies

Immigration & Refugees in Global Policy Studies

Instructor(s): Betts, Alexander
Unique Number: 62185
Day & Time:
Room: SRH 3.316/350
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Section Description

This course will be taught between Thursday, Sept.13, and Monday, Sept, 17.  Please check your schedule carefully to make sure there are no conflicts if you need to waitlist.

  1. Thursday, 9/13, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, SRH 3.316/350
  2. Friday, 9/14, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, SRH 3.316/350
  3. Saturday, 9/15, 9:00 - 12:00 pm, and 1:00 - 4:00 pm, SRH 3.316/350
  4. Monday, 9/17, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, SRH 3.316/350


When people are forced to flee their own countries because of conflict or persecution by authoritarian regimes, they generally receive humanitarian assistance as refugees in a neighbouring country. The assumption is that, after receiving initial protection, they will promptly be reintegrated within the nation-state system: either being repatriated, resettled or locally integrated. The reality for many refugees is different. Over 6 million of the world’s refugees are in so-called protracted refugee situations, having been in an intractable state of limbo for at least five years, often confined to close camps or settlements without the right to freedom of movement or the right to work. From Somalis in Kenya, to Congolese in Tanzania, to Afghans in Pakistan and Iran, protracted refugee situations have significant human rights and security implications, making it an emerging policy priority for humanitarian organizations and governments.
This course aims to explore and unpack the policy challenges that emerge from protracted refugee situations from a range of perspectives. It will introduce refugee crises as a challenge for global public policy, and explore causes, consequences and responses to protracted refugee situations. Through introducing a number of concepts and case studies, the course will encourage students to develop creative policy responses to mitigate the human rights and security challenges posed by protracted refugee situations. The course culminates with a focused policy discussion on how to overcome the protracted situation of Somali refugees in the Dadaab camps of Kenya.