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The Global Refugee Crisis in Urban Settings: Improving Self-Reliance and Reducing Aid Dependence
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More than 21 million people around the world live as refugees. Three-quarters of them do not live in refugee camps, but in urban communities, profoundly altering the social fabric of cities in major host countries. 

Urban refugees’ survival depends on regular outside assistance from humanitarian agencies and host country governments and on personal support structures, such as social network ties. With the average duration of refugee status now more than 10 years, this solution is often unsustainable.

Join the Center for Global Development, in collaboration with the Urban Institute, as we explore how urban refugees can play a greater role in local economies, become more self-reliant, and become less dependent on outside assistance. What might help urban refugees integrate more with host communities? What is the role of social and economic networks? 


  • Cindy Huang, visiting policy fellow, Center for Global Development
  • Loren Landau, director, African Centre for Migration and Society, Wits University, South Africa
  • Ammar A. Malik, senior research associate, Center on International Development and Governance, Urban Institute
  • Paolo Verme, program manager, Fragility Conflict and Violence, The World Bank
  • Charles Cadwell, director, Center on International Development and Governance, Urban Institute (moderator)

Coffee and light refreshments will be available at 10:00 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. Please contact [email protected] with any questions regarding this event.  Photo by Felipe Dana/AP

Date & Time Thursday, April 6, 2017
Center for Global Development 2055 L St. NW
5th floor
Washington , DC , 20036
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