Realistic yet humanitarian? The comprehensive plan of action and refugee policy in Southeast Asia

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Title Realistic yet humanitarian? The comprehensive plan of action and refugee policy in Southeast Asia
Author Davies, Sara Ellen
Journal Name International Relations of the Asia-Pacific
Editor Yoshinobu Yamamoto, G. John Ikenberry
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Aoyama Gaukin University, Japan
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract The 1989 Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA) has recently been described as a successful example of how to manage large protracted refugee flows. However, this article revisits the circumstances surrounding the CPA used to resolve the prolonged Indo-Chinese refugee crisis to highlight that part of its development was linked to the fact that Southeast Asian states refused to engage with proposed solutions, which did not include repatriation for the majority of the Indo-Chinese asylum seekers who were deemed to be 'nongenuine' 1 (UNGA, 1989a) refugees. This resulted in the CPA often forcibly repatriating 'non-genuine' refugees, particularly near the end of its program. This article reviews the CPA in order to assess whether its practices and results should be repeated.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://irap.oxfordjournals.org/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/irap/lcm025
Volume 8
Issue Number 2
Page from 191
Page to 217
ISSN 1470-482X
Date Accessioned 2008-11-21
Date Available 2009-05-22T07:48:40Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy; Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/22322
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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