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date: 15 October 2019

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This chapter examines the history of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and asks why the field is so often considered ‘ahistorical’ and subject to neglect by historians. It first provides a brief overview of the historiography of refugees and forced migration, focusing on continuity and change in refugee and forced migration history. It then traces the evolution from Refugee to Forced Migration Studies within the framework of a debate over the appropriate labels and their methodological implications. It also explains and challenges the claim of ‘ahistory’ before concluding with a powerful case for more historical research.

Keywords: history, Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, historians, historiography, refugees, forced migration, ahistory, historical research

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