A Different Way Home: Resettlement Patterns in Northern Uganda

8 Pages Posted: 25 May 2010 Last revised: 11 Mar 2012

Date Written: December 1, 2010

Abstract

After decades of civil conflict leading to massive internal displacement of people, Northern Uganda is peaceful again and hundreds of thousands of displaced people are relocating. Using data from maps and satellite imagery, we examine the placement of homes before, during and after the conflict. Examining two study sites, one that experienced a great deal of violence over an extended period of time and one where the experience of violence was more limited, we observe the clustering of home placement in the post-conflict period. As resettlement occurs, there is also evidence of increased location of homes in close proximity to roads in the site with high levels of violence. This research informs what we presently know about the choices of returnees and has implications for service provision and the reclamation of property rights after conflict.

Keywords: Uganda, resettlement, post-conflict, property rights

Suggested Citation

Sawyer, Adam and Joireman, Sandra F. and Wilhoit, Juliana, A Different Way Home: Resettlement Patterns in Northern Uganda (December 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1615648 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1615648

Adam Sawyer

Wheaton College ( email )

501 College Ave
Wheaton, IL 60187
United States

Sandra F. Joireman (Contact Author)

University of Richmond ( email )

28 Westhampton Way
Dept of Political Science
Richmond, VA 23173
United States
(804) 289-8529 (Phone)

Juliana Wilhoit

Wheaton College ( email )

501 College Ave
Wheaton, IL 60187
United States

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