Protracted displacement


Increasingly, growing numbers of displaced people remain displaced for years, even decades. This latest issue of FMR includes 29 articles by academic, international and local actors which assess the impact of such situations on people’s lives and our societies and explore the ‘solutions’ – political, humanitarian and personal.

The issue also includes a spotlight on the ‘internment camps’ in Sri Lanka and a mini-feature on collective centres, plus a selection of articles on other aspects of forced migration such as rights and responsibilities in Darfur, smuggling in South Africa, IDP health needs in Colombia, climate change agreement talks, peace mediation, and community resilience in East Timor.


UNHCR Bosnia held a launch event for FMR 33 in Sarajevo in order to use it to highlight the continuing need for durable solutions for those living in protracted displacement in the Balkans and to press for political progress in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Walter Kälin, Representative of the UN Secretary General on the human rights of internally displaced people, was invited to address the meeting at the event which was held on 12th November 2009. FMR Co-Editor Maurice Herson spoke at the event….[read more]

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FMR 33 is published in English, French, Arabic and Spanish.

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We would like to thank the following donors for providing funding specifically for this issue: the Canadian International Development Agency, the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship, and UNHCR’s Regional Bureau for Africa.