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    Excluding the Excluded: What India’s refugee ‘law’ means for the Rohingyas

Excluding the Excluded: What India’s refugee ‘law’ means for the Rohingyas

Following the Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day, the Government of India’s refugee policy, albeit non-existent, also remains largely exclusionary against the world’s most persecuted minority. Debanjana Paul and Vidushi Mehrotra explore legislative roadblocks, its translation into ad-hoc maltreatment of the Rohingyas and call for inclusive policy action to better support Rohingya asylum-seekers.

While approximately 40,000 Rohingyas are spread across six locations in India, […]

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    Self-help psychosocial interventions for refugees in northern Uganda: a band-aid on a bullet wound?

Self-help psychosocial interventions for refugees in northern Uganda: a band-aid on a bullet wound?

PhD candidate, Costanza Torre refers to her ethnographic fieldwork in which she investigates self-help psychosocial interventions for refugees in northern Uganda and questions whether, although well-meaning, they are taking the focus away from urgent socio-economic issues. 

Over the past three decades, mental health has become a mainstream component of humanitarian aid worldwide – so much so, in fact, that psychological programmes have […]

  • Permalink U.S. Army Pfc. Cory Acres, a native of Lakenheath, England, gunner assigned to 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, uses a handheld interagency identity detection equipment system to scan the fingerprints of an Afghan man June 8, 2012. The HIIDE system scans an individual’s biographical information and matches it against an internal database. The system allows soldiers in the field to quickly identify whether a person of interest is on a watch list and creates reports to support further intelligence analysis.Gallery

    Biometric refugee registration: between benefits, risks and ethics

Biometric refugee registration: between benefits, risks and ethics

Guest bloggers, Claire Walkey, Dr. Caitlin Procter and Dr. Nora Bardelli from Oxford University, explore the potential benefits, risks and ethical challenges of biometric refugee registration. 

UNHCR currently uses biometric technology in 52 countries, which means over six million refugees are now biometrically registered. It is also currently expanding its use of biometrics to capture a full set of refugees’ fingerprints and their […]

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    Ecotourism and Neocolonialism: The human cost of wildlife conservation

Ecotourism and Neocolonialism: The human cost of wildlife conservation

Around the world, people, often indigenous, are becoming “conservation refugees” forced to leave their ancestral homelands for the creation of protected areas and wildlife reserves. Through this process of displacement, conservation has created racialised citizens and politicised landscapes. Guest blogger, Arzucan Askin tells us more. 

Indigenous people and conservationists share a vital and mutual goal: to protect and preserve biological […]

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 […]