Syrian refugee carries bed

What are the challenges people face in getting protection? These include the difficult and dangerous journeys many must face to seek protection. In many cases, people find safety but are unable to live dignified lives, forcing them to move on. For many people, a challenge is that conditions in their country do not change, and they become stuck in long-term refugee situations (commonly called ‘protracted refugee situations’).

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Alternative Pathways To Protection For Refugees

Alternative pathways to protection for refugees

It is increasingly recognised that the options for effective protection of refugees have not kept pace with the number of people who need protection. Traditional approaches to refugee protection have centered on one of three 'durable solutions' supported by the UNHCR. Increasingly, however, people are discussing alternative pathways for refugees to access safety and security, as well as expanding existing channels such as resettlement programs.
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Raising Concerns To IOM

Raising concerns to IOM

As part of its work, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) hears from refugee communities in Australia about the issues affecting their communities overseas. On 15 June 2016, we asked the International Organization for Migration (IOM) about some of these issues as part of their consultations with NGOs in Geneva.
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Raising Concerns About Africa To UNHCR

Raising concerns about Africa to UNHCR

As part of its work, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) hears from refugee communities in Australia about the issues affecting their communities overseas. On 20 June 2016, we asked UNHCR’s Africa Bureau about some of these issues as part of their consultations with NGOs in Geneva.
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Guidelines To Protect Migrants In Countries Experiencing Conflict Or Natural Disaster

Guidelines to protect migrants in countries experiencing conflict or natural disaster

In 2015, more than 244 million people were migrants in another country. When conflicts or natural disasters strike, migrants may be more vulnerable than others. They may not speak the language, not be able to move easily, may not have legal status or social networks, and may be discriminated against. For these reasons, they may find it more difficult to leave dangerous areas, get help, and stay safe and well.
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Protracted Refugee Situations

Protracted refugee situations

UNHCR defines a protracted refugee situation as one in which 25,000 or more refugees of the same nationality have been displaced in the same country of asylum for five years or longer. Based on this definition, it is estimated that 6.4 million refugees were in a protracted situation by the end of 2012.
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Durable Solutions

Durable solutions

The ultimate goal of refugee protection is to find durable solutions which will enable refugees to live in safety and rebuild their lives. UNHCR attempts to secure one of three durable solutions for refugees around the world – voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement.
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