[URBANTH-L]CfP: Refuge, Canada's Periodical on Refugees, Special Issue on Urban Refugees

fabos A.Fabos at uel.ac.uk
Tue Apr 25 14:57:12 EDT 2006

Refuge, Canada¹s Periodical on Refugees
Issue on Urban Refugees
Guest Editors: Anita Fabos and Gaim Kibreab
Almost half of the world¹s population lives in cities.  In the developing
world, the growth of urban
populations is even more dramatic as urbanization is fueled by overall
population growth, the
collapse of rural economies, and local and regional conflicts.  It is no
surprise therefore that a
growing percentage of the world¹s refugee population in both the developed
and the developing 
world finds itself in urban environments.  According to UNHCR statistics,
about 2 million refugees
live in urban environments.  There is every indication that this number will
increase in coming 
years.  Despite the large and growing number of urban refugees, until
recently very little attention
has been paid to the situation of urban refugees.
Urban refugees exist in conflict with the archetype of the camp refugee.
Their very existence raises
important analytical issues concerning refugee agency of and the concept of
durable solutions. 
Undoubtedly, their dissimilarity to camp refugees also poses serious
technical and political issues
for agencies seeking to offer them protection; it has been noted that
protection is all too frequently
overlooked, denied or inadequately provided to urban refugees.  Fortunately,
the situation of urban
refugees is increasingly attracting the attention of both scholars and
policy makers.  Attention is
beginning to be paid to the definitional and methodological issues posed by
the study of urban 
refugees.  In addition, important work is being done on the situation of
various urban refugee
populations and the interaction between these populations and other
Refuge invites original articles, photography (black and white) and other
forms of representation
which focus on any aspect of urban refugees.
As always, Refuge is willing to consider submissions outside the scope of
this particular theme
which relate to forced migration and refugees.  Refuge also encourages
submissions relating to,
critical of or in dialogue with material previously published in Refuge.
Submissions may take a
variety of forms.  Papers, not exceeding 30 pages or 7500 words, should be
typed, double-spaced
and referenced using Chicago Manual of Style endnotes (see style sheet at
for details.)  Shorter papers on issues related to forced migration, book
reviews and case comments
are also welcome.  A brief abstract (100-150 words) and a two sentence
institutional identification
of the author must be provided.  All submissions must be word processed and
sent by email 
Nous acceptons aussi des articles en français.  Le style doit être
conforme aux normes exigées
pour les articles rédigés en anglais.
Deadline: May 15th, 2006.
For further information, please contact:
Sharryn J. Aiken, Editor-in-Chief
c/o Centre for Refugee Studies
Suite 325, York Lanes, York University,4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Email: refuge at yorku.ca
Web: http://www.yorku.ca/crs/Refuge/refuge.htm

Dr Anita H Fábos
Refugee Studies
University of East London
London E16 2RD
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 2595
Fax: +44 (0)20 8223 2898
Email: a.fabos at uel.ac.uk

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