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Refugees, Conflict and the Search for Belonging

By Lucy Hovil

(Palgrave Macmillan, September 2016)

(27 September 2016) The International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) is pleased to announce the publication of Refugees, Conflict and the Search for Belonging by Lucy Hovil, IRRI’s Senior Researcher. This timely publication, based on seven years of research by IRRI in Eastern and Central Africa, has application beyond the region, pointing to drivers and failures that continue to feed the global refugee crisis.

The book, described by Jeff Crisp as “[a]n indispensable analysis of the complex dynamics of displacement and citizenship in Eastern and Central Africa,” examines the convergence of two problems: the ongoing realities of conflict and forced migration, and the crisis of citizenship and belonging. By addressing them together, it examines how a holistic approach can more effectively point the way towards possible solutions.

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Rights in Exile Newsletter
October 2016

In this issue:


Kenya camp closure threat triggers involuntary refugee returns to Somalia

UNHCR releases series of operational updates on crisis situations around the world

“The new terrible”: neglected displacement crisis worsens in Lake Chad region

Morocco’s Droit et Justice Association continues Legal Aid for Refugees programme

Hotline for Refugees and Migrants: Appeals Tribunal Adjudicator rejects Israeli Ministry of Interior’s legal opinion regarding army desertion and grounds for refugee status

... and much more.

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Call for Evidence: All-Party Parliamentary Group inquiry into UK-Sudan relations

A submission prepared by the International Refugee Rights Initiative.

(15 September 2016) This submission focuses on the conflict in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states (also known as the “Two Areas”) between the government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N). It details attacks against civilians in the Two Areas and is based on information compiled by the Sudan Consortium and the National Human Rights Monitors Organisation (NHRMO).3 The submission intends to inform the UK government of Sudan’s human rights record and urge the government to not, directly or indirectly, contribute to the violations.

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A Crisis Normalised: Sudan's Blue Nile five years on

(Kampala, 6 September 2016) Five years after the start of the conflict in Sudan's Blue Nile State, attacks against civilians continue unabated according to a report released by the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) and the National Human Rights Monitors Organisation (NHRMO) today.

A Crisis Normalised: Civilian perspectives on the conflict in Sudan's Blue Nile State explores the views of civilians displaced from or living within Blue Nile on the causes and consequences of the conflict between the Sudanese government and Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army - North (SPLM/A-N). The report is based on interviews carried out in April and May 2016 in SPLM/A-N held Blue Nile as well as in Juba and Maban refugee camp in South Sudan.

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