Refugees and History: Why We Must Address the Past

Posted: 5 Aug 2009


This article examines a pressing problem for those concerned with research on forced migration – the absence of refugees from most historical work, and the low profile of history in Refugee Studies. Using examples from Europe and South Asia, it considers why refugees have been “silenced” by history and how we can develop positive, inclusive approaches to the past.

Keywords: refugees, forced migration, history, past, exclusion, sanctuary, refuge, asylum, Partition, testimony

Suggested Citation

Marfleet, Philip, Refugees and History: Why We Must Address the Past. Refugee Survey Quarterly, Vol. 26, Issue 3, pp. 136-148, 2007, Available at SSRN: or

Philip Marfleet (Contact Author)

University of East London

Longbridge Road
Dagenham, Essex, RM8 2AS
United Kingdom

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