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date: 21 June 2021

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This chapter examines the place of refugees and other groups of forced migrants in the international political system, focusing on the international politics of forced migration and the role of the discipline of International Relations (IR) in addressing the challenges presented by transnational population movements in the world today. It assesses the intellectual history of the relationship between IR and forced migration and divides ‘International Relations and Forced Migration’ into three broad waves of scholarship. First, it argues that much of the early IR work on forced migration dating back to the Cold War was primarily empirical and can be considered ‘international history’. Second, it claims that since the late 1990s there has been a gradual shift to theorizing the international politics of forced migration but with a major emphasis on ‘theorizing refugees and international relations’. Third, it describes a new wave that is slowly emerging which represents a ‘transnational turn’. The article also discusses forced migration in relation to international security, international cooperation, and global governance.

Keywords: refugees, forced migrants, international politics, International Relations, transnational population movements, international history, transnational turn, international security, international cooperation, global governance

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