Take a look at our Twitter chat summery on knowledge gaps on urban displacement, held July 30, 2015–thank you to all who participated!
Participants pointed to the following topics for which there is a knowledge gap in the field of urban displacement:
The Twitter chat also included a discussion on the language used to refer to displaced populations; should urban refugees be seen as migrants, with their lifeworlds/stories as the starting point? Are there different focuses when using the term ‘migrant’ versus ‘refugee’? What role does the use of labels have in creating perceptions; should we be asking individuals to self-identify and explain the reasons for their use of the term? Do organizations start with their own reality?
The complexity of this issue points to the need for rights-based approaches and the inclusion of refugee voices; while imperfect, national/international justice systems and humanitarian services provide key support.
Community-based organizations (CBOs) have great potential to link urban refugees to support structures in host communities; they know the local context and have a unique ability to reach specific groups in the refugee community. Approaches should be rights-based, give control to the affected populations; cash-relief is effective. Women’s Refugee Commission shared their research on cash relief.
In closing, the one element participants pointed to as a focus for closing the knowledge gap included: