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The Field of Displacement and Forced Migration: Background and Issues
The field of displacement and forced migration: Background and issues

One consequence of many situations confronting the modern world, such as conflict, natural disasters, and ecological degradation, is the displacement of millions of people from their homes, social support structures, means of livelihood, and often country. These peoples have been referred to as the world's displaced persons, the uprooted, or forced migrants. In this chapter, we shall use the term forced migration as signifying the broad field, especially as displaced persons is commonly reserved for those displaced by conflict. Whatever term is used, the needs presented by these people are frequently massive, complex, and exceedingly difficult to resolve. The field of forced migration has attracted ...

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