Please read the assigned readings from your course package: Guterres, Antonio (2
Please read the assigned readings from your course package: Guterres, Antonio (2008) 'Millions Uprooted: Saving Refugees and the Displaced', Foreign Affairs, Volume 87, Number 5: 90-100. Freedman, Jane (2007) Gendering the International Asylum and Refugee Debate. Chapter 2, 'Who are the 'Refugee Women'?' Pages 21-44. Watters, Charles (2008) Refugee Children: Towards the Next Horizon. Chapter 2, 'Theoretical Orientations: Migration and Refugee Children' Pages 9-27. Lesson Four Question Guide for Readings: Question Guide for Guterres, (2008) 'Millions Uprooted: Saving Refugees and the Displaced', Foreign Affairs, Volume 87, Number 5:90-100. What are some of the causes that Guterres provides as to why refugees flee their home? What are some of the risks involved in their flight to safety? How does media coverage and public policy determine the treatment of refugees? How can the international community better provide for refugees in both the short term and the long term? What is the R2P doctrine as outlined in the article? Where does this mandate originate? What does the international community's commitment to refugees entail? How does the author differentiate between refugees and internally displaced peoples? What is the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR's) involvement with internally displaced peoples and with refugees? What are the greatest challenges of the UNHCR in this regard? What are some of the guiding principles that Guterres uses to address these issues? Question Guide for Freedman, Jane (2007) Gendering the International Asylum and Refugee Debate. Chapter 2, 'Who are the 'Refugee Women'?' Pages 21-44. The chapter mentions that in 2006 there were 21 million 'people of concern' worldwide according to the UNHCR, out of that number, what percentage are women? Are gender-specific statistics on refugees easily determined? Why or why not? What are some of the reasons as to why women would make up the majority of refugee populations? According to the statistics provided in your chapter, fewer women than men make a claim for asylum in Western nations. Why is this the case? What percentage of asylum seekers/refugee claimants are women? What are some of the common identity characteristics that affect a woman's experience as a refugee? What barriers to resettlement and cultural integration do refugee women in particular face? The chapter provides an entire section devoted specifically to 'people of concern' living in UNHCR refugee camps, what percentage of these people are women? What are some gender specific issues that women living in refugee camps face in their daily life? How does the loss of family and community support networks affect female refugees in particular? Why is domestic violence likely to increase in a refugee camp situation? What are some of the primary differences between female refugees and female internally displaced persons? Questions Based on Watters Article re: Refugee Children The chapter mentions that in 2006 there were 21 million 'people of concern' worldwide according to the UNHCR, out of that number, what percentage are children? What are some of the reasons that children make up a substantial group within refugee populations? What are some of the common characteristics of a child’s experience as a refugee? What barriers to resettlement and cultural integration do children in particular face? What are some specific issues that children living in refugee camps face in their daily life? After completing your assigned readings and thinking through the guided questions, please complete your first response paper. The response paper for this week can also include your thoughts in response to the interview(s) that you have been assigned to watch. Please reflect on the interview questions while you are writing your response paper and include your thoughts on these along with the readings. Your response paper is two to three pages (700 words minimum), double spaced and should be a non-formal written personal response to the readings for this week. You can use the following outline as a guide. Begin with the questions that I have provided as a study guide, and think through these. Of course there are too many questions to answer them all in the paper. Simply use them as a way of getting started with thinking about the content of the readings, and then write about what you find most striking or important. Respond to these questions in a personal way, asking yourself, 'How do I personally engage with the readings? What strikes me? What do I agree or disagree with? What can I relate to?'

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