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The mass movement of humans takes on considerable geographic importance because of the associated changes in the source area, in the region of destination, and in the people who leave a home territory for a foreign environment. These repercussions are often accentuated when people are forced to flee their homeland and to beg for asylum in a strange setting. With the number of contemporary refugees in the world greatly exceeding the volume of voluntary international migration, the need among geographers for information about refugees is great. Refugees: A Third World Dilemma, a collection of thirty papers about various aspects of refugee experiences, only partially fills this information gap.
Informational limitations result from: I) the multitude of authors, 2) the organization by region, and 3) the lack of a consistent geographical emphasis. Unless an editor demands considerable alterations, the first limitation is common. As frequently occurs in the publication of conference proceedings or a collection of articles from diverse sources, the chapters are not well integrated. This results in a lack of cross-referencing, in somewhat contradictory statements, and in the repetition of several basic ideas.