Syria

Why Ethnography is Important for Refugee-related Research

by Sarah A Tobin

In 2002, Michel Agier described his experience conducting research in the Dadaab refugee camp. He described how he entered the camp as a “humanitarian envoy”, with the help of Doctors Without Borders. The local police initially showed Agier around, but a refugee who was a local NGO employee and a translator, escorted him during most of […]

  • Permalink Syrian refugees wait at the offices of ASAM, (Association for Solidarity with Asylum seekers and Migrants) a local charity in Izmir, Turkey. © UNHCR/Andrew McConnellGallery

    Resilience and Relationality: the Agency of Pious Syrian Refugee Women

Resilience and Relationality: the Agency of Pious Syrian Refugee Women

by Umut Ozkaleli

Refugees go through various journeys; some leave the home country with their whole family while others leave by themselves. Some find financial and educational opportunities in the host community while others have very little access to resources that satisfy their basic needs. The growing literature on refugee resilience requires close analysis of the different positionalities that refugees […]

  • Permalink Syrian refugee children look outside their family's apartment window in the lower income Masaken Osman neighborhood on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. August 2014, © UNHCR/Scott Nelson.Gallery

    Between Vulnerability and Resilience – ‘Refugeeness’ as Political Subjectivity

Between Vulnerability and Resilience – ‘Refugeeness’ as Political Subjectivity

by Jouni Häkli and Kirsi Pauliina Kallio

Due to protracted conflict in Syria, 6.2 million people have been internally displaced and over 5.6 million people have sought refuge abroad. The overwhelming majority of these forcibly displaced people live outside camps, in countries neighbouring Syria, where the dominant discourse about asylum seekers and refugees emphasises their social and economic forms of self-reliance. […]

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    Three Years of the Jordan Compact: The (Gendered) Challenges of Providing Work Permits for Syrian Refugees

Three Years of the Jordan Compact: The (Gendered) Challenges of Providing Work Permits for Syrian Refugees

by Lewis Turner

The Jordan Compact was meant to be a “new paradigm” for a refugee response. In bringing together humanitarian and development approaches, it aimed to turn “the Syrian refugee crisis into a development opportunity” – to provide jobs for Syrian refugees in Jordan and to aid the development of the Jordanian economy, benefiting refugees and host communities alike. […]

  • Permalink A UNHCR staff member enters a makeshift home during the emergency response to Storm Norma at Bar Elias settlement, central Lebanon. ; One person died and 11,000 were affected by days of heavy rain and high winds as Storm Norma swept across Lebanon in January 2019. Bar Elias informal settlement in the Bekaa Valley was submerged under floodwater, leaving families struggling to keep warm in winter temperatures. Some were forced to shelter with friends, neighbours and relatives, abandoning tents and makeshift homes that blew away. UNHCR and partners responded to requests for assistance, carrying out needs assessments and distributing blankets, shovels and mattresses to the most urgent cases. More than 150 informal sites were affected, putting 70,000 refugees at risk.Gallery

    Contested Meanings of Resilience Building: How Great Expectations in Brussels are Dashed in Beirut

Contested Meanings of Resilience Building: How Great Expectations in Brussels are Dashed in Beirut

by Tamirace Fakhoury

Today, Lebanon hosts more than one million Syrian refugees. Despite this, they are considered temporary guests (Nazihin) rather than refugees. In this context, the Lebanese government has delegated key responsibilities in refugee assistance to supranational organisations.

The European Union (EU) has been the leading donor in Lebanon in the context of Syrians’ displacement, and has increased its cooperation on […]

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