Forced Migration Review

Provides articles on refugee and internal displacement issues.

Articles from No. 47, September

A Duty and a Burden on Jordan
More than 40% of Jordan's current population originates from other countries, including two million Palestinians, up to 1.3 million Syrians and 29,000 Iraqis. In order to protect its national identity in these circumstances, and because of the complicated...
Coping Strategies among Self-Settled Syrians in Lebanon
Three years into the conflict, displaced Syrians in Lebanon are affected by both governmental and ordinary people's ambivalence towards their presence. From the point of view of the international humanitarian community, the absence of official camps...
Development and Protection Challenges of the Syrian Refugee Crisis
In a region already hosting millions of Palestinian and Iraqi refugees, the scale of the Syrian crisis is putting immense additional strains on the resources and capacities of neighbouring countries and the international humanitarian system. The 3,300...
For Beneficiary-Led Protection Programming in Jordan
Despite the humanitarian community's clear focus on addressing the protection concerns of displaced Syrians, in Jordan the beneficiaries of many protection programmes have had limited influence on the shape of the protection response to date.One example...
Foreword: The Inheritance of Loss
The civil war in Syria has displaced vast numbers of Syrians from their homes and communities. By August 2014, some 6.45 million were estimated to be displaced within Syria and more than 2.9 million exiled as refugees beyond Syria's borders, the great...
From the Editors
The numbers of displaced people in Syria make this the largest IDP crisis in the world, with possibly also the largest number of people who are 'trapped'. In addition, the number of refugees from Syria continues to increase - Syrian refugees themselves,...
Gender, Conscription and Protection, and the War in Syria
The humanitarian ceasefire in parts of Homs, Syria, in February 2014 allowed for the evacuation of a long-besieged civilian population that had been increasingly without access to food, medical care and supplies since late 2013. While women, children...
How the Crisis Is Altering Women's Roles in Syria
A longstanding concern in Syria is the scarcity of international NGOs physically present inside the country. In part because of this, a significant amount of the humanitarian response to the Syrian conflict has been spearheaded by local organisations...
If Israel Accepted Syrian Refugees and IDPs in the Golan Heights
As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year, Israel remains Syria's only neighbour which has still not accepted displaced persons and refugees fleeing the armed conflict. International and Israeli human rights organisations are increasingly calling...
Limited Legal Status for Refugees from Syria in Lebanon
According to Lebanese law, without the required entry or stay documentation to be in Lebanon, refugees from Syria are considered to be there 'illegally', giving them only limited legal status in the country. Either they crossed into Lebanon through unofficial...
Mobility as a Solution
International organisations, NGOs and even researchers tend to characterise all Syrians who are now found in the neighbouring countries as 'refugees'. While this may reflect the administrative category of those registered with UNHCR, it is not a good...
Protection Challenges of Mobility
The scale of displacement from the Syrian crisis is compounded by its geographic spread and its prolonged nature. Syrians have been forced from their homes to neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey, while others have fled to Egypt, Libya and beyond;...
Refugee Activists' Involvement in Relief Effort in Lebanon
There is a significant community of highly educated, middle-class and generally leftleaning Syrian refugees living in Lebanon who are strongly committed to assisting needier refugees and to playing a role in rebuilding Syria, yet whose energies could...
Refugee by Association
What may appear to be generalised or indiscriminate violence in Syria is in reality often specifically targeting particular populations on the basis of an imputed political opinion, that is, their perceived support for one of the sides in the conflict....
Syrians Contributing to Kurdish Economic Growth
Over 225,000 refugees have taken refuge in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI); this represents 97% of all Syrian refugees in Iraq, as central Iraq has denied entry to Syrian refugees. Over 90% of Syrian refugees in KRI are Syrian Kurds.A recent economic...
The Impact of Displacement on Disabled, Injured and Older Syrian Refugees
In 2013, HelpAge International and Handicap International undertook a study in Jordan and Lebanon designed to provide robust evidence and data of the numbers and needs of older, disabled and injured refugees and refugees affected by chronic diseases,...
The Inside Story: Internal Displacement in Syria
With nearly 9.5 million people forced to flee because of conflict in Syria, more than twothirds - a staggering 6.45 million people - are displaced inside the country.1 Indeed, Syria now is the country with the most IDPs worldwide. Many have been uprooted...
The Mental Health of Syrian Refugee Children and Adolescents
The men, women and children fleeing Syria have commonly been subjected to and/ or witnessed torture, kidnappings and massacres. They have been victimised by rape and other forms of sexual violence. Their homes and neighbourhoods have been destroyed....
The Refugee Crisis in Lebanon and Jordan: The Need for Economic Development Spending
The entry of Syrian refugees into Lebanon and Jordan has resulted in unprecedented social and economic challenges to both countries. These are felt on a day-to-day basis by all Lebanese and Jordanian citizens whether through higher rents and declining...
The Role of Host Communities in North Lebanon
Two problems have beset the response to the situation of Lebanese host communities with regard to the Syrian refugee presence. The first is the tension over short-term versus long-term strategies towards the displacement, with the former being emergency...
The Vulnerability of Palestinian Refugees from Syria
Some 270,000 - over half - of Syria's Palestinian population have been displaced either internally or outside the country. Although the conflict has affected all people from Syria regardless of their religion or ethnicity, the dire consequences of the...
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