The Problem: Resources

General Resources:

UNHCR Global Report 2014
Provides current data and key issues in refugee migration and settlement.

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, World Refugee Survey 2009
Documents conditions in refugee camps and scores nations based on the rights they conferred to refugees.

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, “Refugee Warehousing” FAQs
Provides excellent information on the practice of denying refugees the right to work, run businesses, practice professions, move freely, or choose their place of residence, rights granted under international law.

ESRI, “Fifty Most Populous Refugee Camps”
Presented through satellite imagery.

“In the World’s Largest Refugee Camp, Complex Problems Remain” by Eileen Shields-West
Describes conditions in the Dadaab camp in Northeast Kenya, which hosts nearly 300,000 refugees, mainly from Somalia.

Catherine-Lune Grayson, “Durable Solutions: Perspectives of Somali Refugees living in Kenyan and Ethiopian Camps and Selected Communities of Return”
Discusses possibilities for voluntary repatriation to Somalia or integration into Ethiopia or Kenya for Somali refugees who have been displaced for over 20 years.

Spatial Planning in Refugee Camps:

Manuel Herz, Refugee camps in Chad:  planning strategies and the architects’s involvement in the humanitarian dilemma, UNHCR (Dec. 2007)
Explains spatial planning methods in refugee camps.

The Humanitarian Space, “The Problem with Refugee Camps (Architecture, Design, Planning)”  
Discusses refugee camps through an architectural, design, and planning lens.

The Politics of Refugee Integration:

Assaf Razin, et al., The Welfare State and Migration:  A Dynamic Analysis of Political Coalitions (working paper, Dec. 2014) 
Discusses the political coalitions that drive policies toward migrants.

General Economics of Refugee Camps:

Eric Werker, Refugee Camp Economies, Journal of Refugee Studies vol. 20.2 (2007) Describes how the interaction of markets, humanitarian assistance, and host countries’ restrictions on refugees’ movement and work shape the economies inside refugee camps.

Ryan Bubb, et al., The Economics of International Refugee Law, The Journal of Legal Studies vol. 40.2 (June 2011)
Explains how transfers of funds from wealthy states to poor states to resettle refugees would improve on current models for resettling refugees.

Mathias Czaika, The Political Economy of Refugee Migration, Univ. of Freiburg (Jan. 2009)
Studies the factors that shape the size, shape, and duration of refugee movements.

Refugee Work Rights Under International Law:

Asylum Access, The Global Refugee Work Rights Report (2014)
Provides legal and economic arguments for allowing refugees to work and documents the status of refugees’ access to work in several countries.