The Importance of Humanising Refugees

By Alexander Huang-Menders
I traveled to Greece to document the refugee crisis in Athens and Chios island as part of my family’s The Power of Faces portrait project. Through this project, we endeavor to put a human face to the refugee crisis. We created a makeshift studio and took studio portraits of individuals, families, or groups of friends detained in Chios’s Souda and Vial refugee camps. We seek to show individuals with their inherent beauty, courage, dignity, and grace. Realising that most refugees have lost all their personal possessions when they fled their homelands, we also give printed portraits to the individuals. To date, we have distributed thousands of photographs to the individuals we have met in camps in Greece, Turkey, Mexico and Bangladesh.

Expanding the Definition of ‘Home’ by Approaching the Refugee Experience – Announcing the Launch of a New Digital Archive of Testimonies of Migration, Displacement and Resettlement

For many people around the world, recent months have seen an unprecedented redefinition our relationship with our homes, with millions spending time confined to home in a mass effort to slow the spread of Covid-19. Advocates and campaigners have rightly urged us to think about those who have no safe or reliable home to isolate themselves. Making Home Away centres on the homes that have been lost and found by refugees of the recent Syrian crisis. The emerging digital archive established by the Making Home Away project encourages the reexamination of the idea of ‘home’ as a crucible for rethinking attitudes towards displacement, migration, and resettlement at both public and policy levels.

Global Conversations – Technology, Remote Work and Sustainable Livelihoods for Refugees

The fourth video in our Global Conversations series.
There is an urgent need for scalable, sustainable and replicable models of job creation for refugees, and technology has the potential to provide this. Yet, this potential has not been fully realised for refugees. The current disruption to employment caused by COVID-19, forcing many to work from home, has emphasized the potential for some work to be done remotely, via technology. As many companies now realise that their employees can work anywhere, from home, from a cafe or even from a refugee camp, this has presented an opportunity for refugees.

COVID-19 and State of Preparedness for the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

By Dr Mohammad Tarikul Islam
Bangladesh now hosts around one million Rohingya refugees, many living in makeshift camps in the area of Cox’s Bazar. The Rohingya refugees are highly vulnerable to Covid-19 in part because of the health risks associated with displacement, overcrowding, increased climatic exposure due to substandard shelter, and the poor nutritional and health status among affected populations.