With camps limiting many refugees, the UNHCR’s policy change is welcome


Published: 2 Oct 2014
Source: The Guardian

It is rare to witness a paradigm shift in refugee protection. But such a shift has just happened with the release of the new policy from the UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) on alternatives to refugee camps. For refugees and their advocates, who have been shouting for years about the perils associated with camps, the policy is almost too good to be true. As it states: “From the perspective of refugees, alternatives to camps means being able to exercise rights and freedoms, make meaningful choices regarding their lives and have the possibility to live with greater dignity, independence and normality as members of communities.”

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Programmes: Citizenship and forced migration in the Great Lakes Region
Regions: Great Lakes Region
Type: External Article