Next Article in Journal / Special Issue
The Slow Displacement of Smallholder Farming Families: Land, Hunger, and Labor Migration in Nicaragua and Guatemala
Previous Article in Journal
Evaluation of Land Intensive Use in Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone
Previous Article in Special Issue
Beyond Fires and Deforestation: Tackling Land Subsidence in Peatland Areas, a Case Study from Riau, Indonesia
Open AccessPerspective

War-Induced Displacement: Hard Choices in Land Governance

1
Sociology of Development and Change group, Wageningen University, 6700 EW Wageningen, The Netherlands
2
Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management, Institute for Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, 6500 HK Nijmegen, The Netherlands
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 22 April 2019 / Accepted: 23 May 2019 / Published: 1 June 2019
  |  
PDF [238 KB, uploaded 1 June 2019]

Abstract

Civil war and violence often force large numbers of people to leave their lands. Multiple waves of displacement and (partial) return generate complex overlapping claims that are not easily solved. As people return to their regions of origin—sometimes after decades—they tend to find their land occupied by other settlers, some of whom hold legal entitlements. In the places of arrival, displaced people affect other people’s access as they seek to turn their temporary entitlements into more definite claims. The overlapping claims related to displacement pose serious dilemmas to land governance, which existing land laws and land governance institutions are not well-equipped to deal with. This paper outlines the main challenges for land governance as a first step to move the debate forward. The paper summarises the key challenges around three tensions: first, between short term conflict resolution and structural solutions; second, between state and customary/community-based governance; and finally, between principles (such as the right to return or restitution) and acknowledgement of the new situation. View Full-Text
Keywords: land governance; forced displacement; conflict; violence land governance; forced displacement; conflict; violence
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

van der Haar, G.; van Leeuwen, M. War-Induced Displacement: Hard Choices in Land Governance. Land 2019, 8, 88.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Land EISSN 2073-445X Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top