Cities and towns


Cities and towns are on the frontline of receiving and welcoming people who have been displaced. In this issue of FMR, policymakers, practitioners, researchers, representatives of cities and international city-focused alliances, and displaced people themselves debate the challenges facing both the urban authorities and their partners, and the people who come to live there. The issue also includes two ‘general’ articles on other topics.


This issue of FMR will be available online and in print in English and Arabic. (With apologies, we have been unable to secure sufficient funding to publish it in French and Spanish as well.)

Also available:

  • Editors’ briefing: provides headline analysis of the feature theme and mini-feature articles, with hyperlinks to articles – available online and in print in English (A4 format)
  • Digest: presents a listing of all articles published in FMR 63, including article title, author(s) and affiliation, introductory sentences and links to the article online – available in English and Arabic (A5 format)


Doing your own printing? If you are printing off the magazine or digest, please note that they are published in A5 format (half of A4). In order to print them properly, please use your printer’s ‘Booklet’ setting. (The Editors’ briefing is A4 format.)

Please disseminate this issue as widely as possible by circulating to networks, posting links, mentioning it on Twitter and Facebook and adding it to resources lists. We encourage you to circulate or reproduce any articles in their entirety but please cite: Forced Migration Review issue 63  

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Please note: we encourage you wherever possible to disseminate FMR digitally, rather than in print.

We are particularly grateful to the following donors for their financial support for this issue: Cities of Refuge NWO VICI research project, Happold Foundation, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Tufts University Refugees in Towns project.


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