Dilemmas of development induced displacement

FMR 12
January 2002

One of the social costs of development is that dams, roads, ports, railways, mines and logging  displace people. In all cases displacement raises important ethical questions. What is owed to people who are displaced? Under what conditions can development that includes displacement be justified? What kind of ethical analysis can provide justification for displacement-inducing development? The six articles in the feature section attempt to address these questions; also included is a literature review relating to development-induced displacement and resettlement. This issue also includes six general articles focusing on subjects such as Brazil’s Refugee Act, separated children seeking asylum, Angolan IDPs, and trafficking and smuggling.

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