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date: 18 October 2019

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This chapter examines the changing temporal scale of displacement and forced migration, focusing on the growing numbers of refugees and other forced migrants who spend years, if not decades, in exile. It begins with an overview of the definition of protracted refugee situations and the origins of the phenomenon. It then considers the causes and consequences of prolonged exile as well as the responses of states, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the refugees themselves to protracted refugee situations.

Keywords: displacement, refugees, forced migrants, exile, protracted refugee situations, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, forced migration

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