The Migration Lab, in partnership with Jindal School of International Affairs and The Humanitarian Affairs Team, Save the Children UK are hosting a workshop on refugee self-reliance in cities. Cities, particularly in the Global South, absorb a growing majority of the world’s displaced – and this displacement is often protracted. In such urban contexts, the lives of migrants, refugees, and citizens intersect, as each negotiates urban spaces and services in pursuit of their interests and/or needs. These interactions are under-studied and are not sufficiently accounted for in the design and implementation of humanitarian programmes for refugees.

This one day workshop during Refugee Week brings together researchers examining urban refugee experiences, as well as policy-makers and practitioners, and it seeks to examine current research and policy challenges and opportunities.  Unpacking notions like “self-reliance” and building on field study research with urban refugees in diverse contexts, the aim is to contribute new thought to an emerging research agenda and discuss ways of moving forward.

Featured presentations

Jessica Field, Anubhav Dutt Tiwari and Yamini Mukherjee, Refugee (self)-support in the city: Exploring where humanitarian norms meet development needs, A New Delhi Case Study, O.P. Jindal Global University and the International Institute for Environment and Development.

Estella Carpi, Sophie Dicker, and Fernando Espada, Refugee Self-Reliance and Humanitarian Action in Urban Markets Halba, Lebanon, Thessaloniki, Greece, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)the Humanitarian Affairs Team, Save the Children UK, and University College London.

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