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Documenting Refugee Management in Transitory Context: Lessons-learned from Indonesian Cities


Dr. Akino Midhany Tahir, Dr. Nino Viartasiwi, Risye Dwi Yani, M.Eng, and Ayu Tri Prestasia, MSc


In the past five years the world is experiencing the dramatic influx of displacement trend. At the end of 2018 there were approximately 70.8 million people around the world that have been forced from home by conflict and persecution (UNHCR). And in 2020 nearly 80 million around the world are holding status of displaced persons (Mercy Corps, 2020). Recognizing the growing global concern on refugee crises RDI Urban Refugee team carrying out a research project which focusing on how cities in transit countries are responding the global trend of forced migration. The research project was funded by Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

As an ancillary agenda, this research will probe how social integration can be provoked to help both refugees and host communities coexist during the refugees transit period. The goal is to document, find overlaps and gaps in refugee management at local level, as well as share lessons learned and extract recommendations from several case studies to be potentially useful for other cities in similar transitory context. By documenting the process and output, sharing lessons and extracting recommendations, we hope to engage stakeholders in Indonesia in a discussion on displacement and migration management for better coordinated response and preparedness and increased urban resilience. We also hope to strengthen the relationships and networking with other stakeholders, primarily researchers but also practitioners, who are working on topics relevant to refugees in-transit. We will also look at how refugee management continues at a time of global crisis (COVID-19).
Key research questions: 1. How do Indonesian cities coordinate their refugee management across different offices and stakeholders? - How has refugee management been linked to the existing development planning system? - What are the concerns and how to overcome the constraints? - How has the current health pandemic influenced the refugee management in Indonesian cities? What differs?
2. How does Indonesia's experience differ with other countries in Southeast Asia, particularly with countries that host a large number of refugees-in-transit?

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