Myron Weiner and Rainer Münz
T he central assumption of the contributors to this volume, who constituted themselves as a working group 1 to explore the policy implications of their research, is that outside powers can, in some circumstances, play a role in changing the conditions that force people to leave their home countries. The role can be supportive, in the form of emergency, assistance, development aid, trade, or investment. It can also take the form of intervention in the internal affairs of a state through diplomacy, the withdrawal of support, sanctions, or even military intervention. Policymakers must consider what actions can be taken when human rights violations, ethnic or political repression, and civil wars threaten the lives of many people and catalyze mass exoduses. Finally, the working group noted that even when instruments of intervention are available and justifiable, action is not necessarily obligatory. States with the capacity to act must weigh the political, monetary, and human costs of prevention and intervention and consider the likelihood that the proposed measures will be effective.____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Migrants, Refugees, and Foreign Policy:U.S. and German Policies toward Countries of Origin. Contributors: Rainer Münz - Editor. Publisher: Berghahn Books. Place of publication: Providence, RI. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 323.
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