If settling refugees beyond camps is best for them, why are they still struggling?

from The Guardian
Published on 09 May 2016 View Original

Emily Troutman

Many refugees prefer not to live in camps, but work restrictions and a lack of monitoring often leave them isolated and struggling to make ends meet

When the UN high commissioner for refugees finally implemented a comprehensive policy directive on urban refugees in 2014 (pdf), it marked the end of a long battle. For decades, aid and development experts argued about the pros and cons of camps. Refugees often don’t want to live in camps, and the UNHCR recognised that camps can turn into de facto prisons.

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