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A view over Kabul, Afghanistan © UNHCR/Jim Huylebroek
A view over Kabul, Afghanistan.

cover of FMR 63 showing a view over Kabul, Afghanistan© UNHCR/Jim HuylebroekForced Migration Review issue 63 with a major feature on ‘Cities and towns’ is now online at

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. As the Mayor of Bristol says in the Foreword, we hope this issue will “help cities live up to their potential and help make the world a safer, fairer and kinder place for those forced to move.”

This issue includes one article by an RSC colleague:

A call to action: mobilising local resourses in Ethiopia for urban IDPs, by Evan Easton-Calabria, Delina Abadi and Gezahegn Gebremedhin (University of Oxford / Research consultants, Addis Ababa)

Several lessons can be drawn from the successful multi-level response – by both local government and the local community – to the arrival of large numbers of IDPs in Adama, Ethiopia.

and one by a former RSC colleague:

Active citizenship in Athens, by Kareem Alkabbani, Wael Habbal and Tom Western (Syrian and Greek Youth Forum)

Members of the Athens-based Syrian and Greek Youth Forum explain how it provides a platform for active citizenship in the city.

You can access the full issue and individual articles at At this link you will also find:

  • Editors’ briefing: providing headline analysis of the feature theme with links to the relevant articles (4-sided A4 booklet)
  • Digest: providing a listing of all articles – title, authors, affiliations, introductory sentences and weblinks/QR codes (8-sided A5 booklet)

Email the editors at to request print copies for your organisation or for onward distribution or training. Please remember to send your full postal address and how many copies of which product you require.

FMR would like to thank the following for their financial support for this issue: Cities of Refuge NWO VICI research project, Happold Foundation, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and Tufts University Refugees in Towns project.

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