Dear colleagues,
The February edition of our newsletter contains a short video from our recent research conference, with messages from the Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner, Ola Rosling of Gapminder and Rema Hanna, Harvard University, among others. For the conference report and recordings of all sessions, go to the Event Page. Find below an invitation to a forthcoming seminar with Martin Ravallion on how we can improve labor market access for refugees – please join us on-line on March 9.

In the attached you will find 9 new (academic) articles on forced displacement, summarized in 1/2- page each. This latest set of articles includes two fascinating pieces on social cohesion in refugee situations: one evaluating an educational program in refugee hosting areas of southeast Turkey, which aims to build social cohesion in schools by developing perspective-taking ability in children; and an article examining the impact of refugee settlement on social cohesion in Northern Lebanon.  We also summarize a paper about a toolkit and workflow that can be used to automatically calculate estimates of displaced populations in camps based on feature information derived from an established automated extraction method, which the author applies to the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.

These articles are being added to our compilation of over 300 summaries, categorized into 11 different topics – find the full set here. We hope you will enjoy this February issue. As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions for future issues, either to Zara Sarzin [email protected] or myself at [email protected]

Björn Gillsäter
Head of the Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement

Academics and practitioners coming together on the big questions

The academic community is increasingly paying attention to study the socio-economic effects of displacement with the intention to inform policy. This 3-minute video is from the Research Conference on Forced Displacement in Copenhagen, where 130 researchers and practitioners came together to improve and scale evidence on forced displacement.

The Journal of Development Economics is currently reviewing submissions made to their special issue on forced displacement, several of which were presented at the conference. One of its editors, Rema Hanna of Harvard University, states “One of the things that has been really exiting was that we got 220 submissions on a range of topics all from; What are the impacts on host communities?; What are the impacts on women and children?; How do we promote integration?”

Forced displacement in cities and towns

Cities and towns are on the front line of receiving and welcoming people who have been displaced. In a recent issue of the Forced Migration Review, policymakers, practitioners, researchers, representatives of cities and international city-focused alliances, and displaced people themselves debate the challenges facing both the urban authorities and their partners, and the people who come to live there. Find the full issue here

Seminar: “A Market for Work Permits”
March 9 @ 3 PM (CET)

UN City Copenhagen & Webex

The Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement is hosting a talk on the paper “A Market for Work Permits” with Martin Ravallion, Edmond D. Villani Professor of Economics, Georgetown University, followed by a panel discussion. For participation in person or remote: Register Here