Refugee camp security: decreasing vulnerability through demographic controls

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Abstract

In the past, refugee camp security has been examined in many lights; however,
the demographic make-up of camps has not been focused on. In this article,
I present a quantitative model that examines attacks on refugee camps. I argue
that the likelihood of an attack on a camp is affected by the demographic
make-up of the camp. The primary demographic causes that affect vulnerability
are the level of male population of the camp, age of camp residents, and the size of the camp. With the available data, I find that these demographic indicators are significant in determining the likelihood of an attack. Assessing what characteristics of camps and their populations increase the likelihood of an attack should serve as a guide to the implementation and organization of new refugee camps to ensure peace and stability for an already fragile community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-46
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Refugee Studies
Volume24
Issue number1
Early online date21 Jan 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • refugee camp
  • militarism
  • security

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