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Buy and Download Description The term 'forced migrant' has emerged in recent years, in both academic and policy circles, as a catch-all label for a person who has been forced to leave his or her home, or homeland, for whatever reason. 'Forced migration' has become, in effect, the name of a new problem-oriented field of academic enquiry, potentially combining the study of political, environmental and developmental displacement. And yet research on different categories of displaced people tends to proceed as though on parallel tracks, a good example of this being the so-called 'research divide' which Michael Cernea (1996) has identified between the study of refugees and the study of forced resettlers. It shall be argued later that the main reason for the fragmentation of research on displacement is the heavy dependence of this research on categories and concepts that are the product of policy considerations rather than of scientific ones (Hansen 1996: 8, Black 2001). If this is correct, then it becomes important to ask how 'forced migration' can be conceptualised as a unitary, scientifically coherent and yet 'policy-relevant' field of academic enquiry. This chapter is an attempt to think through some of the main issues that need to be addressed if a satisfactory answer to this question is to be found. The term 'forced migrant' has emerged in recent years, in both academic and policy circles, as a catch-all label for a person who has been forced to leave his or her home, or homeland, for whatever reason. 'Forced migration' has become, in effect,
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