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Safe Haven? A History of Refugees in America

David W. Haines
Safe Haven? A History of Refugees in America
ISBN: 978-1-56549-332-2
ISBN: 978-1-56549-331-5
ISBN: 978-1-56549-395-7
2010/220 pages/LC: 2010011829
A Kumarian Press Book
"A great book for anyone seeking an introduction to refugee issues in the United States."—Bernadette Ludwig, Journal of American Ethnic History

"Haines ... offers a concise discussion of the ideological, moral and practical considerations that have shaped the US refugee resettlement program over the past seventy years.... This is an important and useful book to scholars of migration across the disciplines."—María Cristina García, Journal of American Studies

"An important summary and inquiry into the challenges of US resettlement research, policy, and programming.... [It] will challenge those who seek simple answers to questions of how refugees fare in the US and who or what is responsible for their success or lack thereof. Practitioners, researchers, and policy makers ... will benefit from this work’s comprehensive analysis and compelling insights, while the book is also recommended for others interested in better understanding the magnitude and intricacies of US refugee resettlement."—Journal of Refugee Studies

"A long overdue exploration of America's relationship to refugees and their relationship to their new country."—Lavinia Limon, US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

"In this exquisitely researched, wide-ranging, and beautifully written book, David Haines ... historicizes, contextualizes and evaluates the experiences of refugees who have settled in the US since WWII.... His book provides invaluable lessons about both the refugees and the society that they are joining."— Steven J. Gold, Michigan State University

"Safe Haven? is essential reading for anyone studying or working with refugees in the United States." —Fred Conway, San Diego State University


In his masterful study of the relationship between refugees and the United States, covering seven decades of immigration history, David Haines shows how both the refugees and their new communities have struggled with national and ethnic identities, and also the effect that this struggle has had on US institutions and attitudes.


David W. Haines is professor of anthropology at George Mason University.


  • Refugees and America: Moral Commitments and Practical Challenges.
  • A New Land: Loss, Hope, and an Uncertain Future.
  • Perfectly American: Constructing the Refugee Experience.
  • Ethnicity’s Shadows: Dilemmas of Identity.
  • Binding the Generations: Households and Refugee Adaptation.
  • The Logic of Resettlement: English and Self-Sufficiency.
  • Refuge in America.