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Title: Forced migration and 'rejected alternatives': a conceptual refinement
Authors: Bartram, David V. S.
First Published: 11-Dec-2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 2015, 13(4), 439-456
Abstract: The ‘forced migration’ concept can obscure how some people who migrate in this mode exercise a key form of agency. Some refugee flows occur when people reasonably reject options that might obviate the need to flee (e.g. abandoning their religious beliefs). A similar form of agency must be recognized regarding forced migration of other types: people facing severe economic difficulties sometimes become migrants by rejecting options that might secure their subsistence, and when that choice is reasonable because the alternatives amount to human rights violations, we should then describe their migration as ‘forced’ even if it is not wholly involuntary.
DOI Link: 10.1080/15562948.2015.1030489
ISSN: 1556-2948
eISSN: 1556-2956
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies 11 Dec 2015
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Sociology

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