Event Title

Active Participation of Refugees in Refugee Camps

Major

Geography

Faculty Mentor

Amy R. Sumpter

Abstract

Refugee camps are described as a place "between war and city" (Stevenson and Sutton 2011). These places need urban planning, such as cities. Nowadays, international governance bodies try to manage these issues but they have a lot of problem, which they have to deal with while planning a refugee camp, such as short time periods for the planning process, bug numbers of refugees or not enough financial resources. Another issue that has to be considered is that most refugees spend long time periods in refugee camps, the average duration is about seventeen years. As they spend so much time in refugee camps, urban planning theory is valid for those camps. The question comes up if refugees deserve more participation in refugee camps, for example in planning processes of their own neighborhoods. Furthermore, it would be intersting to see in how far an elected, central government would or would not improve the situation in refugee camps. These issues, which are very important to consider for international organizations, such as the UNHCR, are part of this presentation and will be discussed and analyzed.

Session Name:

A Brief History of War

Start Date

10-4-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

10-4-2015 3:30 PM

Location

HSB 211

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Active Participation of Refugees in Refugee Camps

HSB 211

Refugee camps are described as a place "between war and city" (Stevenson and Sutton 2011). These places need urban planning, such as cities. Nowadays, international governance bodies try to manage these issues but they have a lot of problem, which they have to deal with while planning a refugee camp, such as short time periods for the planning process, bug numbers of refugees or not enough financial resources. Another issue that has to be considered is that most refugees spend long time periods in refugee camps, the average duration is about seventeen years. As they spend so much time in refugee camps, urban planning theory is valid for those camps. The question comes up if refugees deserve more participation in refugee camps, for example in planning processes of their own neighborhoods. Furthermore, it would be intersting to see in how far an elected, central government would or would not improve the situation in refugee camps. These issues, which are very important to consider for international organizations, such as the UNHCR, are part of this presentation and will be discussed and analyzed.