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The UNHCR and World PoliticsA Perilous Path$
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Gil Loescher

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246912.001.0001

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The New Cold War and the UNHCR Under Poul Hartling

The New Cold War and the UNHCR Under Poul Hartling

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The UNHCR and World Politics

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During the 1980s the global refugee population expanded rapidly as a result of regional conflicts and refugee crises in Indochina, Afghanistan, Central America, Horn of Africa, and southern Africa. Huge care and maintenance programmes were established in nearby asylum countries under the auspices of the fifth High Commissioner, Poul Hartling. The global refugee total tripled and the UNHCR's budgets and programmes quintupled. The emphasis on aid delivery also reflected Western governments’ desire to assist refugee warrior communities fighting Soviet‐backed regimes, resulting in most refugee problems in regions of superpower conflict becoming protracted. At the same time asylum crises arose in Western Europe and North America.

Keywords:   Afghanistan, Africa, aid delivery, asylum countries, asylum crises, Central America, Poul Hartling, Indochina, refugee warrior communities, regional conflicts

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