Unbanked but Undaunted

This video, produced by Samuel Hall in collaboration with ACP IOM and ACP EU, explains the various financial difficulties undergone by refugees residing in Kakuma, one of the world’s largest and most established refugee camps. Through interviews with residents and organization representatives in Kakuma, this video presents a number of methods employed by refugees to overcome financial barriers while displaced.

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Maxwell Reikosky
Driven to Leave: Aid and Migration

Many investments have been based on the assumption that more economic development in countries of origin will lead to more local jobs, fewer migrants, and therefore less economic and political turmoil in Europe. Yet this premise is increasingly contested by facts from the ground. For instance, some research suggests that economic development actually increases migration flows until a country reaches an upper-middle level of GDP.

This brief by Mercy Corps and Samuel Hall presents new evidence on this ongoing debate. Drawing from two countries of origin of many migrants to Europe – Afghanistan and Somalia – this paper tests assumptions about ‘root causes’ of and ‘solutions’ to migration.

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Maxwell Reikosky
Humanitarian Innovation in Kakuma and Nakivale

At Samuel Hall, we received a research grant from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) to explore how refugees traveling within East Africa use mobile technology and the internet to support migration, and to what extent current mobile tech solutions meet their needs.

This micro-site presents some of the studies main findings and takes a step towards deciphering the degree to which mobile phone coverage, access to smartphones, awareness of mobile-based services and technical literacy affect the role mobile technology can play in supporting refugees hosted in East Africa.

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Maxwell Reikosky
Afghan Migration Research and Policy Conference

The 'IS Academy Migration and Development: A World in Motion' project hosted a two-day event in Brussels on 8-9 April 2013. The first day focused on the state-of-the-art in migration research from and in Afghanistan; the second featured a policy debate on return migration to Afghanistan and unaccompanied minors in Europe from Afghanistan, with speakers from EU governments and research institutes, NGOs and international organizations.

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Maryam Meddin
Afghan Migration Research and Policy Conference

The 'IS Academy Migration and Development: A World in Motion' project hosted a two-day event in Brussels on 8-9 April 2013. The first day focused on the state-of-the-art in migration research from and in Afghanistan; the second featured a policy debate on return migration to Afghanistan and unaccompanied minors in Europe from Afghanistan, with speakers from EU governments and research institutes, NGOs and international organizations.

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Maryam Meddin
Afghanistan's Negative Migration

From 2002 to 2012, more than six million Afghans repatriated back to Afghanistan. However, in recent years, with returnees facing harsh conditions upon their return to the Central Asian nation, Afghanistan suffers from a negative migration as more people leave the country than return.

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Maryam Meddin
Women's issues in Afghanistan

Où en est l’Afghanistan 11 ans après l’intervention militaire internationale… ? Quels sont les progrès accomplis, les défis à relever…? La mission de combat des soldats français a pris fin en novembre, la transition complète de la sécurité aux forces afghanes doit se faire d’ici fin 2014. L’armée Afghane prend peu à peu la responsabilité de la sécurité sur le territoire, prenant une part active au processus de discussion avec les talibans au niveau local. Un espoir de paix qui doit aller de pair avec des projets de développement.

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Maryam Meddin