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The donor dollar is important, but it is no substitute for good refugee policy

TweetUganda is currently holding a Solidarity Summit on Refugees. The summit is taking place as Uganda hosts over a million refugees, the majority of whom have fled the upsurge in fighting in South Sudan. Despite the extraordinary speed and scale … Continue reading

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“Yet there’s no place for us”: Trump’s Executive Order epitomises a global trend of exclusion

TweetLucy Hovil President Trump’s recent Executive Order is, without a doubt, extreme. The four-month hold on allowing refugees into the US, and the temporary ban on travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen, is both ridiculous … Continue reading

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Dadaab: Security is not only a concern for the Kenyan government

Tweet Refugees in Dadaab boarding buses to return to South Central Somalia, August 2016 In May 2016, the government of Kenya announced its plans to close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, by the end of this month, November. The … Continue reading

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Why is the cost of hosting refugees falling on the world’s poorest states?

TweetThe government of Kenya says it plans to close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, which hosts approximately 330,000 people, as well as shutting the Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA). The announcement, on Friday 6 May, was no doubt a … Continue reading

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In Ethiopia’s Gambella region, refugee encampment policies meet a complex reality on the ground

TweetSince the outbreak of civil war in December 2013, more than 600,000 South Sudanese have fled to neighbouring countries. More than 226,000 of them have made their way to Ethiopia, contributing to the country overtaking Kenya as the country hosting … Continue reading

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Zambia shouldn’t make integration and freedom of movement contingent on registration with Rwandan authorities

Tweet4,000 former refugees from Rwanda offered local integration in Zambia following the cessation of their refugee status in 2013 should not be forced to register with the Rwandan government in order to enjoy rights to freedom of movement in Zambia. … Continue reading

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Refugee economies: misplaced extrapolation?

TweetIt is always good when research undermines the image of refugees as victims. However, there is a fine line between promoting a positive image of refugees and underestimating the levels of hardship that many face. A report released in June … Continue reading

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Congolese “Refugees” and Freedom of Movement in the Kampala Urban Space

Tweet“My heart is crying that during the prime of life when I and my family should be enjoying life; eating well, dressing well, living well… this is the time we are refugees, wasting our lives and it hurts so much. … Continue reading

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Anyone who thinks refugee camps are a good idea has never lived in one: The importance of recognising refugees’ right to freedom of movement

TweetFreedom of movement is a critically important refugee right, and nearly all others are contingent upon it. Without freedom of movement, rights to employment, education, legal access, identity papers, travel documents, naturalisation, and many other fundamental entitlements are severely curtailed, … Continue reading

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High Court Strikes Down Cap on the Number of Refugees in Kenya; Other Damaging Provisions Remain

TweetOn 23 February 2015, Kenya’s High Court struck down a controversial provision in the newly passed Security Laws (Amendment) Act 2014 (“the Security Act”) which limited the number of asylum seekers and refugees in Kenya to 150,000 persons. Other provisions … Continue reading

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