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Forgotten Stake Seekers: Refugees in Prolonged Exile and Conditions under Which They Support Spoilers of Peace at Home: A Qualitative Comparison of Protracted Refugee Situations (PRSs) in Sub-Saharan Africa
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The solving of civil war is often hampered by spoilers. Research on this topic is comprehensive, yet has not grasped the linkage between refugees and spoiling of peace processes in their home countries. Answering the question under what conditions do refugees in prolonged exile support spoilers of peace at home, this paper argues that the origin of the refugee crisis in conjunction with the host state response determines whether refugees will engage negatively with peace at home. A structured focused comparison (SFC) between Burundian refugees in Tanzania, Sudanese refugees in Chad over time and Somali refugees in Kenya finds mixed evidence for the individual hypotheses that persecuted refugees are more likely to support peace spoilers at home than refugees, who flee chaos and deprivation and that a host state, which responds positively to refugee activity aimed at undermining peace is more likely to see refugees supporting peace spoilers from its soil than a host state that responds negatively. Since the evidence points into the expected direction that both variables collectively matter to the observation of refugee support for peace spoilers at home, the SFC supports this study´s overarching theoretically argument.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 72 p.
Keyword [en]
Peace Spoilers, Refugees, Protracted Refugee Situations (PRSs), Origin of Refugee Crisis, Host State Response
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-325006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-325006DiVA: diva2:1112636
Subject / course
Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Social Sciences
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Available from: 2017-06-20 Created: 2017-06-20 Last updated: 2017-06-20Bibliographically approved

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