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11 Nov 2016 description

New working paper on refugee economies in Kenya

This latest RSC working paper by Dr Naohiko Omata is based on preliminary fieldwork in Kenya conducted as part of ‘Refugee Economies’ research led by the Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP). The research strand of refugee economies at the RSC is driven by an imminent need to better understand and support the economic lives of refugees.

06 Nov 2015 description

There is a global displacement crisis. Around the world more people are displaced than at any time since the Second World War, and there are around 20 million refugees. Yet alongside this trend of rising numbers, governments’ political willingness to provide access to protection and assistance is in decline. In the face of these challenges, the existing global refugee regime is not fit for purpose. It tends to view refugees and displacement as a uniquely humanitarian issue.

20 Jun 2014 description

‘Networked, online and trading’: Yes, we’re talking about refugees, says study

A report published today shows that refugees can have a positive economic impact on host countries

31 Oct 2013 description

1 Introduction

Background of the Humanitarian Innovation Project This working paper is drawn from the seven-week mission in Uganda as a preliminary study of the Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP) based at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. HIP seeks to research the role of technology, innovation and the private sector in refugee assistance.

09 Jan 2012 description

Two decades after the collapse of the Somali Republic, the country’s regions still suffer chronic political uncertainty, violence and high levels of displacement. Since 2006, protracted displacements that began in the 1990s have been overlaid by new crises associated with severe drought, political violence and governance failures. The current situation, which involves both internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees, is widely acknowledged as among the worst in the world, both in terms of the number of people affected and the extent of their humanitarian and protection needs.

25 Aug 2011 description

Researchers: Anna Lindley Authors: Dr Anna Lindley (SOAS) and Anita Haslie (NUPI) Publication date: August 2011

06 Jan 2011 description

Executive summary

In December 2009, the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) adopted an ExCom Conclusion on protracted refugee situations (PRS) (UNHCR 2009a). This is a potentially significant development and reflects a growing international interest in one of the most complex and difficult humanitarian problems facing the international community today.

Although Executive Committee Conclusions are not legally binding, they constitute broad expressions of consensus regarding the principles of international protection.