Sari Hanafi (AUB) giving his keynote lecture Kjersti Berg

Panel at the Eleventh Nordic Conference on Middle Eastern Studies. For See full conference programme here:

Sanctuary in the City? Assisting urban refugees in the 21st century.

Wednesday 14.8. 11.30 – 13.00, Sessions II

Chairs: Are John Knudsen & Sarah Tobin (Chr. Michelsen Institute)

 An increasing number of refugees live in poor neighbourhoods in towns and cities across the Middle East, a premier refugee region with one of the world’s highest urbanization levels. While host states have taken in millions of refugees, they do not have the resources or capacity to provide for them. Aiding refugees living in cities and urban areas is therefore a major challenge to humanitarian policy. While the size and complexity of cities account for many of the problems facing refuges, they are also part of the solution. Cities have larger and often unregulated labour markets, more shelter options and ready access to health and school facilities. Cities and towns can also offer greater freedom of movement and better prospects for successful socio-economic integration and entrepreneurship. Using examples from urban displaced in Lebanon (Beirut, Tripoli), Palestine (East Jerusalem) and Jordan (Marfraq, Irbid) this panel asks whether humanitarian policies be re-designed to accommodate refugees in urban areas and, indeed, if refugees can find “sanctuary in the city”?

Robert Forster, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) & University of Bergen: "Implementing and influencing: Participation in refugee governance in Tripoli, Lebanon"

Are John Knudsen, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI): "Emergency urbanism in Sabra, Beirut"

Sarah Tobin, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI): '“Working for a country that is not my own”: Syrian refugee governance and the Jordan Compact’s work permit program'

Kjersti Berg, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI): "No sanctuary in the City: The case of Shu´fat camp, Jerusalem"