Reflections on the Humanitarian Logistics for Refugees in the Netherlands from Three Perspectives: Maslow, Max-Neef, and Dooyeweerd

The world currently faces the highest number in recorded history of people fleeing from war and violence. Refugee-hosting countries in the western part of the world experience the effects of global issues more than ever and face dealing with humanitarian logistics for refugees on an unprecedented sc...

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Published in:Philosophia reformata
Authors: Burken, Christine Boshuijzen van ; Goede, Roelien ; Niekerk, Attie S. van
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Brill [2020]
In: Philosophia reformata
Year: 2020, Volume: 85, Issue: 2, Pages: 157-180
RelBib Classification:KBD Benelux countries
NCC Social ethics
NCD Political ethics
VA Philosophy
ZC Politics in general
Further subjects:B Herman Dooyeweerd
B Abraham Maslow
B Manfred Max-Neef
B human well-being
B humanitarian logistics
B Refugees
B wicked problems
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Summary:The world currently faces the highest number in recorded history of people fleeing from war and violence. Refugee-hosting countries in the western part of the world experience the effects of global issues more than ever and face dealing with humanitarian logistics for refugees on an unprecedented scale. These countries continuously optimize their policies regarding refugees by navigating between obligations toward the Geneva Refugee Treaty, manageability of the situation, and worries of their citizens voiced through public opinion. The issue can be considered a wicked problem because of its unpredictability, complexity, and global scale. Presuppositions about human flourishing affect the interpretation of well-being in refugee policies. In this article, we reflect on refugees’ experiences with Dutch asylum policies, analyzing these experiences through the theoretical lenses of Abraham Maslow, Manfred Max-Neef, and Herman Dooyeweerd. We learn from Maslow the importance of providing information for the satisfaction of basic needs; from Max-Neef we learn that, with the sole exception of the need for subsistence (that is, to remain alive), all fundamental needs are equally important; and from Dooyeweerd we learn that trust, though often overlooked, is important for refugee well-being.
ISSN:2352-8230
Contains:Enthalten in: Philosophia reformata
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/23528230-8502A004