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The Place of prosperity in protracted refugee crises, by A. Andersen

last modified Jun 20, 2018 04:48 PM
Today one in every 122 people on the planet is now either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum. Movement, it seems, is the new normal. So how do you improve the quality of life for people in an ongoing climate of crisis?

Global human mobility has always been a part of human life. But in the past to be a refugee was a short-term consequence of conflict. Interventions aimed at ensuring a right to life for refugees in the short term too.

The extreme numbers of people on the move now present us with new challenges. One of these is how to respond to the rise of  ‘protracted refugee situations’ – refugees that are in a long-lasting and intractable state of limbo for five years or more.

The challenge of living, and living well in this context, is overwhelming.So how do you improve the quality of life for people in an ongoing climate of crisis?

This is the question that prompted the beginnings of the RELIEF Centre: the five-year transdisciplinary research project funded by the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund, and led by Professor Henrietta Moore at the Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London (UCL).

The article by Annelise Andersen, Communications and Impact Officer at RELIEF reports on fieldwork, research themes and activities aligned with the 2013 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

The full article can be accessed on the ERSC-hosted blog.

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