Older displaced people

At the back of the queue?
FMR 14
July 2002

In disturbingly stark contrast to the impact of our call for papers on displaced children (theme of next issue), our call for papers on older refugees and IDPs – the theme of this issue – produced hardly any response at all. And yet, as Flora MacDonald, former President of HelpAge International, points out in her article, “To age is a universal and personal experience … the rights we talk about and espouse, or deny, are our rights now and in the future.” It is clear that older people are all too often bypassed by humanitarian assistance efforts. The articles included here focus on the positive contributions that older refugees and IDPs can and do make to community life and how agencies need to both consult them and build on their experience.

Contents

HelpAge International

When communities are displaced by conflict or forced to leave their homes because of natural disasters, older people are often left behind or neglected.

Erin Mooney

Among the many issues on the agenda of the Second World Assembly on Ageing, held in Madrid in April 2002, that of older refugees and IDPs occupied an important place.

V Vijayakumar

The international community's recent commitment to addressing the issues facing older people, reflected in the designation of 1999 as the International Year of Older Persons, has begun to influence the work of humanitarian agencies.

Linnie Kesselly

The continent of Africa - and the country of Uganda in particular with its large number of people affected by HIV/AIDS - presents a particular case when it comes to the role of older people within their communities.

Ephrem Habyarimana

An older person forced to leave his residence finds himself in an unusual and unstable living context which renders him more vulnerable.

General articles

Henri Courau

Since its opening in 1999 more than 55,000 people have passed through Sangatte.

James C Hathaway

On 13 December 2001, states committed themselves "... to consider ways that may be required to strengthen the implementation of the 1951 Convention and/or 1967 Protocol"(1). It is wonderful that after half a century we may finally be on the verge of taking oversight of the treaty seriously.

Auckland University of Technology Refugee Research Group

New Zealand is one of a small number of countries accepting regular quotas of refugees mandated by UNHCR.

Cindy Horst and Nick Van Hear

Could there be a better way to create more hardship, more instability and more potential refugees, while increasing the appeal of extremism, than to cut off the money transfer lifeline to Somalia by shutting down remittance agencies?

Richard A Powell, Amanda Lawrence, Faith N Mwangi-Powell & Linda Morison

Asylum seekers and refugees in the UK often receive inadequate or culturally insensitive care.

Finn Stepputat and Ninna Nyberg Sørensen

A recent research project has examined the relations between internal displacement and migration in the Peruvian Andes in the second half t of the 20th century and the difference that the introduction of the IDP concept has meant for understanding mobile populations.

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