• Refugees and displacement

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Refugees and displacement

Refugees and displacement are dominant issues of our time. The root causes of flight and displacement are often complex: These comprise of violent conflicts, weak statehood, economic crises or natural disasters and environmental change. The public perception of refugees and displacement in Germany and Europe is very much focused on the challenges and consequences for European economies and societies. However, developing countries host considerably more refugees and play a key role in implementing international refugee and migration policy processes. Indeed, more than half of the people being displaced worldwide do not even leave their countries of origin. The affected countries and regions are thus faced with enormous challenges.

Which contribution can development policy make to respond to displacement? Will environmental change further increase future refugee flows? How can refugees be best supported? How can the negative consequences of displacement be mitigated?

In this special, the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) presents its recent works and activities on refugees, displacement and its root causes.