refugees

Could zakat change the face of refugee aid?

In a recent article for The Washington Post, current MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies student, Olivia Quinn, looks at the potential of zakat to change the face of refugee aid. 

We live in a world with an estimated 22.5 million refugees, a global crisis that is only becoming more protracted and complex. This World Refugee Day, humanitarian funding deficits have reached […]

Refugees and Gig Economy Panel Discussion

Organised by Adam Smith International (ASI) and a group of four Msc. Development Management students at the LSE, a panel of international development experts and a gig economy specialist met on 19 February 2018 to discuss a recently published Overseas Development Institute (ODI) report on Syrian refugee women in Jordan. The panel discussion was chaired by LSE Fellow, Dr Tayyab […]

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    The broken promise of solar cooking? The case of Goudoubo Refugee Camp

The broken promise of solar cooking? The case of Goudoubo Refugee Camp

Recent Msc in Environmental Policy and Regulation graduate, Isabella Troconis, tells us about her dissertation research on the potential of solar cooking in the Goudoubo Refugee Camp in Burkina Faso. 

(Featured image: Demonstration of blazing tube use in Saag-Nionigo camp (c) UNHCR 2015)

Can you imagine taking an average of five hours to cook just one meal or walking 20 km a day to get […]

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    Reflections on LSE Refugee’s Week’s Panel Discussion: The UK’s Response

Reflections on LSE Refugee’s Week’s Panel Discussion: The UK’s Response

Earlier this year, students from LSE SU STAR and the UN Societies came together to organize LSE Refugee Week 2017 which ran from the 6th to the 9th of February. With funding from the LSE Annual Fund, the aim of the week was to ‘explore the ‘untold stories’ of Refugees and provide an innovative perspective, one that goes beyond […]

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    The Media’s Visual Securitisation and Dehumanisation of Refugees

The Media’s Visual Securitisation and Dehumanisation of Refugees

Is the media’s visual representation of refugees helping or worsening their situation? Annabelle Wilmott, alumni from the MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies programme, summarises the findings from her detailed study on the UK media’s visual coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis.

When I first arrived in London to start my Master’s in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies at the […]

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    Why warships can’t solve the refugee crisis – Ruben Andersson

Why warships can’t solve the refugee crisis – Ruben Andersson

In an article for IRIN Ruben Andersson looks at why warships can’t solve the refugee crisis and puts forward a few suggestions for more effective solutions.
Another week, another project scrawled on the back of a napkin to try to solve the refugee crisis. This time it’s ‘send in the warships’.

The panicky decision to involve NATO is not only an unprecedented […]

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    Calais migrant response overblown – Ruben Andersson on BBC Radio Scotland

Calais migrant response overblown – Ruben Andersson on BBC Radio Scotland

David Cameron recently described the ongoing migrant crisis in Calais as “totally unacceptable” and called an emergency cobra meeting. Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, Dr Ruben Andersson described the reaction to the current scenario in Calais as disproportionate and ineffective. Kris Gulati explains. Many hoped that the fall of the Berlin Wall would bring an end to the sorts of […]

Why border controls are now a global game

Prior to World Refugee Day on June 20th, anthropologist and author of BBC award-winning “Illegality, Inc.”, Dr Ruben Andersson, examined how localised migration control efforts have ignored the globalisation of irregular migration routes. (Originally published in IRIN Global.) The warning was restrained, as was to be expected from a European border police chief, yet it was a warning nonetheless. Amid […]

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    The effects of climate change on migration – Maria Waldinger

The effects of climate change on migration – Maria Waldinger

Migration can take many forms, from economic to political to social. Environmental migration, when it occurs, often focuses upon those who relocate because of issues such as natural disasters. But it is equally important to consider those who decide to move because of gradual environment changes. A new working paper about climate change and migration has been released by Dr […]

Humanitarian development?

Where does conflict end and development begin? Who’s responsible for “early recovery” in the messy continuum between crisis and stability, the “relief-development gap”?  These are not new questions: the international community’s been arguing over the answers for at least the past fifty years. But they are pressing ones. Not only for those of us whose work defies easy categorisation along […]