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Twitter chat: are we doing enough for refugees?

Time (GMT +01) 13:00 14:00




Veronique Barbelet @VeroBarbelet - Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI

Jeff Crisp @JFCrisp - Research Associate, Refugees Studies Centre

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh @RefugeeHosts - Reader in Human Geography, UCL and PI of Refugee Hosts

Daniel Howden @daniel_howden - Editor, Refugees Deeply

Moulid Hujale @MoulidHujale - Humanitarian journalist

Ben Rawlence @BenRawlence - author of 'City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Biggest Refugee Camp' and former Senior Researcher for Human Rights Watch (Horn of Africa)

Zehra Rizvi @zehrarizvi - Senior Specialist, Avenir Analytics

Barri Shorey @BarriShorey - Senior Technical Advisor, International Rescue Committee


With about half of the world's current refugee population displaced for over ten years, there is a growing need to recognise a more holistic approach to supporting refugee livelihoods in the long-term. This means not just providing jobs, but supporting refugees in what they are already doing and enhancing access to education, healthcare and essential community services.

Who supports refugees during displacement, and what role do host communities and host state policies play? Do we know what refugees prioritise most? And why do we have no long-term solutions to a long-term problem?

Join refugees, activists, journalists and livelihood experts as they debate how and why we should support refugees and their livelihoods. They also offer findings from the Humanitarian Policy Group's two-year research programme which explores refugees' livelihood strategies - from their own perspectives - focusing on Central African Republic refugees in Cameroon, Rohingya refugees in Malaysia, and Syrian refugees in Turkey and Jordan.

Looking for more? Register to attend our public event the following day, which seeks to chart out a path for supporting refugee livelihoods beyond aid assistance.