The Role of Conflict Prevention for Preventing Refugee Flows

The Role of Conflict Prevention for Preventing Refugee Flows The Role of Conflict Prevention for Preventing Refugee Flows SEGUN OLUSOLA President, African Refugee Association Ikeja, Lagos The incidence of violent conflicts is a serious global problem. It also has to be understood that no part of the world can remain peaceful in the real sense of it if some parts are still being wrecked by violent conflicts. The main aim of the African Refugee Foundation (AREF) is to ‘attack’ the root causes of ‘refugeeism’ and at the same time manage the problem of refugees and internally displaced persons in Africa. Prevention, as the African people say, is better than cure. Preventing violent conflicts is truly better than managing them. Since 1989 Africa has been experiencing more armed conflicts than any other continent. Conflicts, and especially violent conflicts, are inducing factors creat- ing political and economic instability and poverty in Africa. The violent conflicts, whether high or low in their intensity, have continued in all regions of the conti- nent. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, there were 11 major conflicts in Africa in 1998. For the past two decades, violent con- flicts in Africa have intensified and produced both refugees and internally dis- placed persons http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal on Minority and Group Rights Brill

The Role of Conflict Prevention for Preventing Refugee Flows

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Brill
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© 2001 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1385-4879
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1571-8115
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10.1163/15718110120908150
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The Role of Conflict Prevention for Preventing Refugee Flows SEGUN OLUSOLA President, African Refugee Association Ikeja, Lagos The incidence of violent conflicts is a serious global problem. It also has to be understood that no part of the world can remain peaceful in the real sense of it if some parts are still being wrecked by violent conflicts. The main aim of the African Refugee Foundation (AREF) is to ‘attack’ the root causes of ‘refugeeism’ and at the same time manage the problem of refugees and internally displaced persons in Africa. Prevention, as the African people say, is better than cure. Preventing violent conflicts is truly better than managing them. Since 1989 Africa has been experiencing more armed conflicts than any other continent. Conflicts, and especially violent conflicts, are inducing factors creat- ing political and economic instability and poverty in Africa. The violent conflicts, whether high or low in their intensity, have continued in all regions of the conti- nent. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, there were 11 major conflicts in Africa in 1998. For the past two decades, violent con- flicts in Africa have intensified and produced both refugees and internally dis- placed persons

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International Journal on Minority and Group RightsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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