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The Property Rights of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: Beyond Restitution explores how the protection of housing and property rights can contribute to durable solutions to displacement. The focus of most of the international community's recent protection efforts has been on returning displaced persons to their homes following armed conflict. ?This prioritization has been entrenched further by the 2005 United Nations Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons (the "Pinheiro Principles"). Yet as Anneke Smit chronicles in this book, the international community's attempts to promote widespread return through establishing housing and property restitution mechanisms have largely failed. ?Further, this focus on return and restitution of property has come at the expense of supporting effectively local integration and resettlement as possible durable solutions. ?

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