Peter Gatrell is a professor of Economic History at the University of Manchester. His main areaof interest is population displacement in the contemporary world. His previous works includeHomelands: War, Population and Statehood in Eastern Europe and Russia, (co-edited, 2004), andWarlands: Population Resettlement and State Reconstruction in the Soviet-East EuropeanBorderlands, (co-edited, 2008). He has worked with various external partners like the Society ofFriends (Quakers) and the American Friends Service Committee, as well as UNHCR (Geneva).He has also worked with the Manchester Refugee Support Network.This study by Peter Gatrell makes several new contributions to the existing literature on refugeestudies and policies.
Previous works emphasize the evolution of the crisis in particular areasespecially in the ‘global north’. However, refugee movements and their development had beenneglected in the ‘global south’. This book covers a wide range of displacement issues from allover the world and also encompasses areas in Africa and Asia.This book is exclusive and noteworthy due to many reasons.
One of the foremost reasons is theapproach taken by Gatrell to describe the conditions of the refugees. Most of the research andscholarly work that has been done in this field, has excluded the displaced themselves. Theirviews, their hardships, and experiences have not been taken into account.
They are treated assubjects of external intervention rather than independent actors. Instead of concentrating on thepractices and policies of international organizations towards refugees, Gatrell has focused on therefugees and their true experiences. The fundamental feature of this study is the injustice anddiscrimination meted out towards the displaced people and the way he used their experiences asoral history. Thus, the book provides a solution to the problem of refugees and their history beingexcluded. It also deals with critical issues related to refugees and their human rights.