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Title:Involuntary Migration in Somalia: The Politics of Resettlement
Author:Schraeder, Peter J.
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Somalia
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:This study examines the political dynamics associated with sedentarization, using the case study of Somalia. The Government of Somalia has pursued a consistent policy concerning pastoral nomads, and recently has extended this to a burgeoning refugee population. Although the official aim is to 'guarantee the welfare of those affected by the drought and to help them realize economic and political self-sufficiency', the underlying purpose is to tie a highly independent, mobile population to the land. The politicization of the process, including divisive domestic issues, the unresolved Somali-Ethiopian conflict, and the politics of donor relationships, have limited the successful implementation of resettlement programmes in Somalia. Salient aspects and failings of three Somali resettlement programmes are analysed, and an argument is made for a 'region of origin' approach to be adopted in solving Somalia's pastoral-refugee problems. Notes, ref.