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How can we achieve a world without long-term refugee camps?

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International Institute for Environment and Development

27 September 2023

17:30 - 19:00

The Foundry | Office Space and Conference Centre, 17 Oval Way, London, UK

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This hybrid International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) debate titled How can we achieve a world without long-term refugee camps? will explore what can de done to shift the narrative and move away from the current status quo.

 

Barriers preventing change in refugee camps:

  • Refugee camps initially intended for life-saving assistance in acute displacement crises
  • Camps often remain in place for decades
  • Restrictions on refugees' rights to movement and work
  • Remote locations with hostile climates
  • Declining quality of life as attention and funding shift to other crises
  • Limited access to healthcare and education

IIED’s research is exploring the negative impacts of camps on wellbeing and livelihoods, alongside the potential of towns and cities to provide a more dignified, fulfilling life for people in exile. This builds on earlier campaigns against refugee ‘warehousing’, led by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). This hybrid IIED Debates event brings together three leading thinkers to reflect on the possibility of a world without long-term refugee camps.

 

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