Protracted refugee situations
UNHCR's Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit (EPAU) would like to hear from
researchers and practitioners who can contribute to a project that is
looking at the issue of protracted refugee situations. How do refugees
adapt to such circumstances and seek to establish their own livelihoods?
What assistance strategies have proved most effective in terms of promoting
self-reliance? To what extent do the limited rights enjoyed by many refugees
impede their efforts to sustain themselves? Does the notion of the
'dependency syndrome' have any validity? What standards of assistance should
be provided in protracted refugee situations?
EPAU has already undertaken and commissioned a number of studies in this
area, and would be interested to hear from anyone who could provide
additional input to the project. Proposals for papers on specific countries
or themes would be welcome. EPAU's plan is to publish the papers, either
separately or as an edited volume, and to feed the findings and
recommendations of the project into UNHCR's planning and programming
Please contact EPAU at <[log in to unmask]>.
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