JDC Literature Review

The JDC literature review highlights recent publications, academic scholarship, and thought leadership on issues relating to forced displacement. Our intention is to stimulate discussion, encourage the exchange of ideas, and support a ‘Community of Practice’.

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Measuring the Self-Reliance of Refugees

Refugee ‘self-reliance’ has been defined as the “social and economic ability of an individual, a household or a community to meet its essential needs in a sustainable manner and with dignity” pending the identification of a durable solution. This article introduces a...

Violence and the Perception of Risk Associated with Hosting Refugees

This paper examines whether individuals’ experiences of political violence affect their perceptions regarding the risk associated with hosting refugees. The authors focus on recent exposure to violence within Lebanon, which hosts more than one million Syrian refugees....

One-sided Violence in Refugee-hosting Areas

This paper studies the relationship between within-country patterns of refugee settlement and patterns of civilian victimization during armed conflict. The author posits that: Armed actors victimize civilians at higher rates in areas with larger refugee populations,...

Refugee Youth, Unemployment and Extremism: Countering the Myth

  Refugee youth unemployment has been linked to increased risk of extremism and/or exploitation because unemployed youth may be more likely to respond to financial incentives or be attracted by a sense of purpose or social identity. However, the authors’ research...

Economic Transfers and Social Cohesion in a Refugee-Hosting Setting

This study examines if a transfer program targeted to Colombian refugees and poor Ecuadorians in urban and peri-urban areas of northern Ecuador resulted in changes in measures of social cohesion. The program was a short-term cash, food, and voucher program paired with...

Refugees and Social Capital: Evidence from Northern Lebanon

This paper examines impact of refugee settlement on social cohesion in Northern Lebanon, a developing country with a history of ethnic and sectarian conflict, where refugees represent about 25 percent of the population. Lebanon captures two important features of...

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