The Global Reality of Refugees in Protracted Situations: African Case Studies and Ways Ahead
For protracted refugee situations, finding a way forward becomes even more difficult because of donor fatigue, resettlement fixation and difficulties in integrating into the host country after years or even decades living in a camp.
Large numbers of the population believe that refugees come to their country because they want to stay and are looking for handouts.
For policymakers and people working with refugees, the challenges are related to legal and logistical constraints. Culture and language also make the situation harder.
Not being able to enjoy the same array of rights as citizens of a state also usually means that refugees are more at risk of exploitation.
Perceived threats to “national identity”, lack of integration and not sharing the same language pose serious obstacles that haven’t been addressed.
Hosting refugees also poses many challenges for the host country and community and, more often than not, keeping refugees in camps does nothing to alleviate the situation as time passes.