Going beyond the scenes of desperation that have become all too familiar in the past few years in Europe and beyond, Betts and Collier show how international policymakers can deliver humane, effective and sustainable outcomes that are better both for refugees and for host countries.
They argue that we need to change how we think about refugees’ needs, moving away from the “humanitarian silo” approach (focused on basic needs of food and shelter), to a new approach encompassing autonomy, access to jobs, and education.
The example of recent policy in Jordan, arising from ideas formed by Betts and Collier on a trip to Zaatari, illustrates a creative approach that can “simultaneously benefit refugees, contribute to Jordan’s own national development strategy, and incubate the post-conflict recovery in Syria.”
Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System will be published by Penguin Allen Lane on 30 March.
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