Refugee Studies Centre Policy Briefings
The RSC Forced Migration Policy Briefings highlight the very best and latest policy-relevant research findings from the fields of forced migration and humanitarian studies. The RSC invites the submission of policy briefings on all topics of relevance to policy and practice in the fields of forced migration, refugee protection and humanitarian intervention. For submitting a policy brief, see the guidelines.
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This policy overview considers how international actors should frame protracted displacements and the search for ‘solutions’ to such crises. It draws on the findings of three case studies (Central America during the 1980s and 1990s and contemporary displacements in Somalia and Iraq) as well as wider research on protracted refugee situations and the politics of refugee ‘solutions’. The paper suggests a number of innovative strategies which might better match international policy to the needs of those trapped in protracted displacement. Based on the evidence assessed, the paper concludes that ensuring the quality of asylum, opening up migration routes and adopting a more flexible approach to residency and citizenship rights are all key to unlocking protracted displacements.
|Dr Katy Long||October 2011|
|feedback on the relevance and usefulness of this document.||Dr Katy Long||April 2010|
7. Protracted Sahrawi displacement: Challenges and opportunities beyond encampment
This brief analyses the challenges and opportunities -- after 35 years of protracted displacement and encampment -- for the Sahrawi refugees, their political representatives and international actors. The paper challenges assumptions and representations of conditions and dynamics in the camps. Dr Fiddian-Qasmiyeh also calls for a careful analysis of the diverse alternative solutions to encampment in Algeria that have been adopted or proposed and of the relevant protection concerns which may arise.
Protracted Sahrawi displacement is also available in Spanish and Arabic.
|Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh||May 2011|
|Dr James Milner and Professor Gil Loescher||January 2011|
Drawing on extensive field and desk research, this study considers the role of international and UN organisations in protecting Palestinian children. Four distinguishing features of a rights-based approach to child protection are identified: the prioritisation of child protection over national self-interest, a focus on causes and not merely effects, the need for political engagement around international legal standards, and the mobilisation of public opinion.
"Protecting Palestinian Children from Political Violence" is also available in Arabic.
|Dr Jason Hart and Claudia Lo Forte||September 2010|
This policy brief considers the situation of displaced populations within Iraq's national borders and of communities of Iraqis living under difficult circumstances in a number of Middle Eastern states. The paper suggests that despite military and policy discourses of renewed stability in Iraq, the crisis is far from over and that mass return is unlikely as long as security remains a key concern.
"Iraq's refugees- beyond tolerance" is also available in Arabic.
|Dr Philip Marfleet and Dr Dawn Chatty||December 2009|
|Professor Brad K. Blitz||September 2009|
|Dr Alexander Betts||June 2009|
|Professor Roger Zetter, Dr Camillo Boano and Dr Tim Morris||November 2008|