Conflict Migration: Assessing the Approaches to Rehabilitation

On World Refugee Day this year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reported that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide has exceeded 50 million people. Humanitarian organizations are currently struggling to address the needs of these displaced populations, due primarily to protracted armed conflict and other situations of violence. Existing legal, policy, and operational approaches to humanitarian protection are increasingly insufficient to keep up with patterns of conflict-related migration in North Africa and the Middle East, for example. Some argue that humanitarian interventions are slow and cumbersome, lacking in coordination, and overwhelmed by growing needs of the refugees. It is clear that without a better understanding of trends in mobility and factors of migration, current humanitarian practitioners will continue to be unable to respond to the evolving needs on the ground.

October, 2014