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Some families fleeing Syria brought with them their prized homing pigeons. “I look at them and I remember home,” says one refugee at Mar el Kokh informal settlement, in Lebanon, where it is common to see homing pigeons flying overhead.

The latest issue of Forced Migration Review is now online, with a major feature on Syrians in displacement.

With 2018 marking the 7th anniversary of the Syrian conflict, this issue of FMR explores new insights and continuing challenges relating to the displacement of millions of Syrians both internally and in neighbouring countries. What we learn from responses to this large-scale, multi-faceted displacement is also relevant to other situations of displacement beyond as well as within the Middle East.

Authors of the 27 theme articles cover topics such as: local and refugee-led initiatives; identification and understanding of displaced people’s vulnerabilities and capabilities; stereotyping on the basis of gender, age or disability; child marriage; the contribution of education to social cohesion; legal identity; preparation for return and the challenges around restitution and property rights; and the potential of economic and development approaches.

Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein of Jordan has written the Foreword to the issue.

This issue also includes six ‘general articles’ on other aspects of forced displacement: restitution in Myanmar, Senegalese refugees in the Gambia, voluntary immobility in the Pacific, protecting unaccompanied children in Italy, the role of civil society in Hong Kong, and the protection of women and girls through the Global Compact on Refugees.

To download the full pdf, visit To request print copies, please email

The issue will be available in print by 8 March and will later also be available in Arabic, Spanish and French.

FMR provides a forum for researchers, policymakers, practitioners and displaced people to analyse the causes and impacts of displacement; share research findings; debate policies and programmes; reflect the lived experience of displacement; and present examples of good practice and recommendations for policy and action. It is published three times a year, in English, Arabic, French and Spanish, by the Refugee Studies Centre.