Caught between a rock and a hard place: Conflict, displacement, and drought in Konso, Ethiopia

By emmakelly|October 21, 2022|Blogs|0 comments

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

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Who are the ‘returnees’ in South Sudan?

By emmakelly|September 13, 2022|Blogs|0 comments

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[1] and 1,183,666 IDPs have returned to their areas of origin within the country since 2018.[2] 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

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The “Maid Trade” – The case of women migrants from Uganda to the Gulf Countries.

By emmakelly|September 5, 2022|Blogs|0 comments

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

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Closing the environment-migration gap in climate policy and programmes in the Horn of Africa

By emmakelly|August 3, 2022|Blogs|0 comments

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

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Forced to Take the Road Less Travelled: Lessons From Research on Refugees’ Economic Opportunities in Kenya

By Admin|July 13, 2021|Blogs, research|0 comments

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

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Extreme risk makes the journey feasible

By Admin|May 17, 2021|Blogs|0 comments

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.