Palestinian Refugees

Opening with a historical description of refugees in the 20th Century and of UN
efforts and institutions for their protection, this study places the Palestinian
refugee situation in a world context. It then focuses on Palestinian refugees
and the international and local causes of their particular crisis, detailing the
viewpoints of Palestinians, Israelis and international law toward them. A
case study of the living conditions in refugee camps, the ties of residents to
their original homes, their economic situation, political orientation and its
effect on the peace process, is addressed in some detail. The study concludes
with an examination of various projects, both contemporary and historic, to
solve the Palestinian refugee problem and provides a vision of the future for
Palestinian refugees in light of recent political changes.

May 1, 1994