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Paying Refugees to Leave

Gerver, Mollie (2017) 'Paying Refugees to Leave.' Political Studies, 65 (3). 631 - 645. ISSN 0032-3217

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Abstract

States are increasingly paying refugees to repatriate, hoping to decrease the number of refugees residing within their borders. Drawing on in-depth interviews from East Africa and data from Israeli Labour Statistics, I provide a description of such payment schemes and consider whether they are morally permissible. In doing so, I address two types of cases. In the first type of case, governments pay refugees to repatriate to high-risk countries, never coercing them into returning. I argue that such payments are permissible if refugees’ choices are voluntary and if states allow refugees to return to the host country in the event of an emergency. I then describe cases where states detain refugees, and non-governmental organisations provide their own payments to refugees wishing to repatriate. In such cases, non-governmental organisations are only permitted to provide payments if the funds are sufficient to ensure post-return safety and if providing payments does not reinforce the government’s detention policy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: immigration ethics, refugees, repatriation, consent, migration
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2018 09:49
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2018 09:49
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23016

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