Managing governance of forced displacement and refugee crises: can lessons be learned from the host communities?

Abstract

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The host communities could become of paramount importance for managing/governing ongoing and future forced displacement and refugee crises. Host communities are often the first responders with food, shelter, water, and emergency health support for traumatised, exhausted refugees (Holloway and Fan, 2018) before state interventions and other humanitarian supports take place. As, globally, displacement is becoming less of a short-term phenomenon (UNHCR, 2020), refugees can put significant pressure on the host communities regarding resources and other livelihood opportunities (UNDP, 2016), resulting in increased tensions between the host and refugee communities. Such tensions can turn into anger and hostility towards the refugees if host communities feel they are being left-out from humanitarian support and aid assistance. Increasing media reports about threats, arsons and physical attacks towards the refugees present significant concerns for managing and governing refugee crises across the world. This panel aims to explore research evidence and insights that might shed new light on understanding/deepening the roles of host communities in managing and governing forced displacement and global refugee crises. Could host communities play a positive and harmonious role in this regard? If yes, how? What policy recommendations can be made to the humanitarian organisations and international community on this topic?

Date(s) & Time(s)

November 5th, 2021
13:30 (GMT +1)
Room 13
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November 5th, 2021
15:30 (GMT +1)
Room 13
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Organiser(s)

Dr Palash Kamruzzaman, Dr Bulbul Siddiqi

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