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Title: The Refugee Crisis: Re-constituting state responsibility for protection
Authors: Staples, Kelly
First Published: 2017
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP) for Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Citation: Ethics and International Affairs In Press
Abstract: This special issue is concerned with re-imagining the protection of vulnerable non-citizens, asking whether effective protection can be achieved within existing statist frameworks, or whether more radical institutional imaginations are required. To this end, this article argues that in spite of the limitations of the state system, the durability of state authority over protection requires us to engage, albeit imaginatively, with it. The article focuses in particular on the current refugee ‘crisis’. The lack of an effective response can be understood as a crisis of imagination, which is symptomatic of a wider protection crisis in which neither states nor the international community seem able to respond effectively to chronic conflict or protracted displacement. The article proceeds in three stages. First, it sets the context, outlining the recent failure of the European Union (EU) to implement its decisions on relocation of refugees from Italy and Greece to other member states. The second section of the article seeks to understand these failings, and to consider the future possibility of the EU and its member states taking responsibility for the protection of refugees. The final section of the article examines the possibilities for reimagining protection on more cosmopolitan lines in the light of current failings. The article argues in conclusion that while on the one hand, the prospects for protection look bleak, the constitutive role of political will also represents a condition of possibility. The conclusion further points to the implications for articulating ‘concrete utopias’ or more ‘embedded’ visions of cosmopolitanism.
ISSN: 0892-6794
eISSN: 1747-7093
Links: TBA
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Pre-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence CC BY-NC-ND, further details of which can be found via the following link: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
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