This blog is related to an upcoming research study on conflict and displacement in two regional states in Ethiopia. “… Whether we stay in this camp or return to our village, it is all the same. All our assets have been burnt down and destroyed. Now, even if peace will be restored, we have nothing left to lead our household. There is no rain to cultivate. Even these people who
South Sudan is experiencing different types of movements that are often labelled as ‘return’. Despite ongoing insecurity and a chronic shortage of essential services, it has been estimated that 505,511 refugees and 1,183,666 IDPs have returned to their areas of origin within the country since 2018. At the same time, with an estimated 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 2.2 million refugees registered in hosting countries, South Sudan remains
This blog is related to an upcoming report by the Research and Evidence Facility on women’s labour migration to the Gulf Countries. The full report will be available in September 2022. I am a single mother of three children trying to fend for myself, the children and build a house. I went to Oman in 2014 through an agent who processed everything for me. I boarded a bus with four
This blog series is related to the REF’s ongoing study on climate change and migration in the Horn of Africa. This research study is being carried out in Ethiopia (Somali Region), Kenya (Tana River County) and Somaliland (Togdheer and Maroodijeex regions). The study investigates how people use migration as a strategy for adapting to environmental change and how people’s circumstances and profiles influence their migration decisions. The study also explores
The Research and Evidence Facility commissioned a rapid review of existing evidence on disability inclusion for refugees in Ethiopia, focusing on the experiences, protection needs, barriers and opportunities to providing protection.
In South Sudan, mobility and displacement have been part of people’s lived experiences for generations.
Forced to Take the Road Less Travelled: Lessons From Research on Refugees’ Economic Opportunities in Kenya
When people are reflecting on watershed moments in their lives that ultimately made them who they are today, you often find the poem by Robert Frost: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference. The choice to take the road less traveled is often exalted but for many young people coming from displacement-affected settings, taking the road less
A blog from Ngala Chome on his personal experience of border crossings and the impacts of formal border infrastructure.
What is the role of risk in determining how people move? New research shows how the extreme danger of kidnapping and extortion by traffickers opens up a narrow window of opportunity for some young Somalis to find a way to reach Europe.
REF Research Team Leader, Lavender Mbyoa reflects on how her life and work has changed an adapted as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.