Oliver Bakewell, Javans Okhonjo Wanga Whether people are migrating freely in the hope of improving their quality of life or fleeing as refugees to save their lives in the face of persecution, conflict and violence, the movement of people across the world creates both enormous challenges and great opportunities for societies in every continent. The complex set of drivers shaping people’s movements and the large array of stakeholders involved as
What are the individual, community and structural factors impacting displacement patterns in South Sudan?
David N. Tshimba Forced displacement, the world over, is increasingly urbanised: urban areas are becoming key sites of asylum for a great many refugees even though humanitarian assistance available in them is still limited, especially for countries hosting huge amount of prima facie refugees such as Uganda. Based on small-scale rapid fieldwork, the present study revisits the widespread policy assumptions that refugees who are self-settled or settling in Uganda’s urban
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
The Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees: taking stock of progress and the way forward in the Horn of Africa
Felicity A. Okoth Four years after the adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM) at the UN General Assembly, the environment in which donors, UN agencies and governments in the Horn of Africa (HoA) are expected to translate commitments into action has remained unstable. New and intensified challenges, including those linked to the Covid-19 pandemic and the increasingly
REF conference 2022: towards greater inclusion and protection for migrants and forcibly displaced persons
In June 2022, the Research and Evidence Facility (REF) of the EU Trust Fund for Africa in the Horn of Africa convened its second international conference around the theme ‘Migrants and Forcibly Displaced Persons: Towards Greater Inclusion and Protection’.
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.
REF and Samuel Hall are launching a study on displacement, return and reintegration in South Sudan.
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
Mapping the refugee journey towards employment and entrepreneurship: Obstacles and opportunities for private sector engagement in refugee-hosting areas in Kenya
Bathsheba Asati, Aparupa Chakravarti, Liviya David and Michael Owiso entrepreneurship for refugees in Kenya, and the actual and potential role of the private sector in creating economic opportunities in Kenya’s refugee-hosting areas. In recent years, a range of stakeholders has shown increasing interest in promoting private sector investment in Kenya’s refugee-hosting areas. Market assessments and other studies point to the potential of private sector engagement not only in boosting the