University of Amsterdam
In this edited collection, Garnier, Jubilut & Sandvik propose a much-needed conceptual framework for studying resettlement as a form of humanitarian governance. Combining a concern for saving and for governing the lives of vulnerable refugee populations, a humanitarian governance perspective puts the question of power center stage. The power notion Ganier, Jubilut & Sandvik put forward, as power with and over others, serves as a potent lens to explore power dynamics across political levels, among different actors, and throughout the transnational resettlement process. Divided into three thematic sections, the ten chapters apply this lens to various geographical contexts, including traditional and emerging resettlement countries. With a focus on the international and regional, part I analyses resettlement’s developments overtime. Part II critically scrutinizes national discourses and implementation practices in resettlement countries. Based on impressive ethnographic accounts of lived experiences, part III illuminates refugees’ agency, aspirations and (unmet) expectations. Held together by the common conceptual lens of humanitarian governance and power relations, the diverse set of contributions helps to identify a number of key characteristics of the global refugee regime. As such, Refugee Resettlement is the first comprehensive volume that explores resettlement as a distinct form of refugee protection, with its specific discourses, practices and power asymmetries. Together, the book’s overall framework as well as the individual chapters provide a rich ensemble of conceptual, methodological and empirical avenues that future research on resettlement can further explore. Refugee Resettlement is a must read not only for those working on or in resettlement, but also for everyone exploring the linkage of refugee protection with humanitarian practice, and the power asymmetries this implies.