Put innovation at the heart of refugee protection work | Alexander Betts
- 4 January 2013
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Dr Alexander Betts writes for the Guardian on harnessing the creativity of refugees and helping them become self reliant
The traditional model of refugee protection is donor-state funded and prioritises keeping people alive. It is the international analogue to the domestic welfare state. This is often necessary during emergency. But all too often people get stuck in refugee camps for many years. Over 6 million of the world's refugees are in so-called protracted refugee situations, with an average length of stay of 17 years – Somalis in Kenya, Eritreans in Sudan, Sudanese in Chad, Afghans in Iran and Pakistan, and Burmese in Thailand.