The Legacy of Conflict: Refugee Repatriation and Reintegration in Central America
At first glance the large-scale repatriations occurring in recent years to Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala appear as unequivocal evidence of the consolidation of regional peace and as a symbol of the end of conflict. This view seems credible when the current is compared to that of the 1980s, when tens of thousands of uprooted Central Americans fled violence in their countries to seek refuge across international borders. However, an analysis of the experience of those refugees, the processes of repatriation and the problems arising from resettlement belie such a simplistic interpretation. This chapter explores the relationship between refuge, repatriation and resettlement and regional peace, stability and economic restructuring.
KeywordsHost Country Atlantic Coast Refugee Population Agrarian Reform Peace Settlement
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