Refuge in the City

Soc. Sci. 2018, 7

16 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2018

Date Written: December 12, 2018


This paper highlights the changing nature of refugee displacement and the resultant challenges in addressing the needs of refugees in urban areas. It reflects on the failures of traditional models in delivering needed services in these complex environments. It argues that current humanitarian program models are outdated, expensive, and ill-equipped for an effective response in urban areas. The article goes on to propose a myriad of new and emerging models and approaches that could increase efficiencies and enhance sustainability in humanitarian response.

Keywords: urban refugees; humanitarian response; displacement; area-based approach; cash assistance; gender equality; self-reliance

Suggested Citation

Buscher, Dale, Refuge in the City (December 12, 2018). Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, Available at SSRN:

Dale Buscher (Contact Author)

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