Forced Migration, Refugees, Host communities and Social Cohesion

Course Descriptions

Resource Person:DR. KARUNGI CHARLOTTE. MAFUMBO & DR. CATHERINE JENDIA

In most countries hosting large numbers of refugees, local communities often experience a high level of poverty and increased chances of economic vulnerability in this regard their economic conditions are not necessary better than those seeking refuge in their communities, this situation as a result may lead to economic competition over resource between the host and refugee communities hence causing increased social tensions wit in the society. Despite this evident potential threat to social cohesion. This module is designed to analyze practical needs and protection of vulnerable refugees and especially adolescents’ girls. Given the global challenge of the youth bulge, they will explore avenues/options/ mechanisms for working with the youth as agents of positive peace and sustainable development in their communities models of community development as well as sustainable approaches applicable to development and human security and  models and approaches for resilience building.

 

Aim: To critically interrogate the main issues and factors that have led to Mass forced migration in Africa with a particular focus on violent conflicts.

Displacement induced by natural disasters and land-related conflicts will also be considered.

Objective: To evaluate the relationship between refugees on the one hand as well as the conflicts between refugees and host communities on the other, with the aim of promoting positive peace and social cohesion among the two groups.

Scope: Special focus will be put on the status, practical needs and protection of vulnerable refugees and especially adolescents’ girls. Given the global challenge of the youth bulge, they will explore avenues/options/ mechanisms for working with the youth as agents of positive peace and sustainable development in their communities. The Module will also examine models of community development as well as sustainable approaches applicable to development and human security. Lastly, fellows will be exposed to models and approaches for resilience building which will equip them with the requisite skills to contribute to constructive pathways for recovery and positive peace and development.

References and Readings

Fajth V, Bilgili O, Loschmann C et al (2019). How Do Refugees Affect Social Life in Host Communities? The Case of Congolese Refugees in Rwanda, Comparative Migration Studies 7, 33.

-Kreibaum, M (2016). Their Suffering, Our Burden? How Congolese Refugees Affect the Uganda Population World Development 78, 262-287.

-Gold Schmidt (2017). Immigration Social Cohesion and Welfare State Studies on Ethnic Diversity in Germany and Sweden Stockholm University.

-Guay J (2015). Social Cohesion Between Syrian Refugees and Urban Host Communities In Lebanon and Jordan (Disaster Management 2020).

Bilgili o and loschmamn, c (2018). Refugees and host communities in Rwandan labour market. \forced migration review 58, 22-23.

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