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Title:Geopolitics and Refugee Asylum in Front Line, Land-Locked Zambia: Refugee Characteristics, Migration Flows, and Resettlement Patterns
Author:Kalapula, E. Shamilupa
Periodical:Eastern and Southern Africa Geographical Journal
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zambia
Central Africa
Politics and Government
Urbanization and Migration
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Political geography
Land settlement
Abstract:Africa has become a continent where economic and political pressures, both internal and external, have combined to produce massive population movements, forcing hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee across the frontiers of their country of origin. This article examines certain dimensions of this human tragedy by focusing on Southern Africa in general and Zambia in particular. By November 1987, the mass exodus of refugees was reaching alarming proportions in Southern Africa. The number of Mozambican refugees in Malawi had risen to over 350,000; an estimated 30,000 Mozambicans have settled in Swaziland, 72,000 in Tanzania, 28,000 in Zambia and up to 150,000 in Zimbabwe. The current number of refugees in Zambia is 140,000, most of them from Angola and Mozambique. With the help of the UNHCR the Zambian government intends to move almost 27,000 refugees from border areas to recognized inland settlements with the aim to provide them with agricultural and other occupational opportunities. Bibliogr.