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Housing for Syrian refugees, who are being supported by CARE International Lebanon. © Fulvio Zanettini/Aktion Deutschland Hilft
Housing for Syrian refugees, who are being supported by CARE International Lebanon.

All displaced people need some form of shelter. Whatever the type of shelter which is found, provided or built, it needs to answer multiple needs: protection from the elements, physical security, safety, comfort, emotional security, some mitigation of risk and unease, and even, as time passes, some semblance of home and community. Thirty articles in FMR 55 look at the complexity of approaches to shelter both as a physical object in a physical location and as a response to essential human needs.

Authors include the RSC’s Tom Scott-Smith, writing on ‘The humanitarian-architect divide’ (

This issue of FMR also contains seven ‘general’ articles on other topics of forced migration.

Read individual papers or download the full issue at To request print copies, please email

FMR are grateful to the following for their financial support for this issue: Better Shelter, Happold Foundation, Hunter and Stephanie Hunt, Norwegian Refugee Council, Open Society Foundations, Suricatta Systems, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, UN-Habitat and UNHCR (DPSM).

Forthcoming feature themes include: 'Latin America and the Caribbean' and ‘The Middle East’. See for details.