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From the Editors

Our belief in the need for and the efficacy of humanitarian action is partly based on its actual effectiveness over the years in addressing the needs of, among others, forced migrants. But this belief is tempered by the obvious and manifold failures of such action. The existence of people in very protracted displacement, the inadequacy of the solutions proposed for them and the inevitability that many people now becoming displaced will face the same fate all point to the pressing need for improvement that cannot reasonably be achieved through humanitarian action alone. Far more could be achieved if development and peace-building actors were also involved in responses to displacement.

This is not a new idea in itself, as shown by the statement made in 1967 by Sadruddin Aga Khan, then High Commissioner for Refugees, which we publish on the back cover. This issue of FMR continues to explore the more recent ideas and practices that are being tried out in order to engage development and  humanitarian work in support of ‘transitions’ for displaced people and a variety of ‘solutions’.

FMR 52 also includes a range of ‘general’ articles on other aspects of forced migration.

We would like to thank Alyoscia D’Onofrio (International Rescue Committee) and Kathrine Starup (Danish Refugee Council) for their assistance as advisors on the feature theme of this issue. We are also grateful to the Danish government which has provided financial support for this issue on behalf of the Solutions Alliance of which it is vice-chair.

The full issue and all the individual articles in this issue are online in html, pdf and audio formats at Please help disseminate this issue by circulating it through your networks, mentioning it on Twitter and Facebook and adding it to resources lists.

This issue will be available online in English, Arabic, French and Spanish. Also available is the FMR digest – formerly called ‘Listing’, now in a new format – to help you gain easy online access to all the articles published in FMR 52. If you would like printed copies of either, please email us at

For details of Forthcoming issues see
FMR 53, Local communities: first and last providers of protection (October 2016).
FMR 54, Resettlement (February 2017). Submission deadline: 10th October 2016.

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Marion Couldrey and Maurice Herson
Editors, Forced Migration Review

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