At the end of 2015, there were about 20 million refugees worldwide. The majority of those refugees are hosted in neighboring developing countries, with limited human and financial resources to face the crisis. At the same time, about 40 million people are internally displaced persons (IDPs). In some regions, the increased pressures have led to the closing of borders. In others, the size of the refugee populations is creating risks that could undermine an already fragile stability. Often, the forcibly displaced are uprooted for extended periods of time, making traditional humanitarian responses insufficient.
This CoP is envisaged as a forum for sharing knowledge and experience related to developments in legal and operational aspects of forced displacement. Its specific objectives are:
- Create an E-library and produce relevant documents/literature and legal review (comparative analysis of different legal solutions/obstacles and private sector practices);
- Organize a series of knowledge events (Brown Bag Lunches, seminars, workshops) on Legal Aspects of Forced Displacement, starting from June/July 2016;
- Create online tool/blog for exchange of ideas and practices;
- Organize a Session on legal aspects of forced displacement to be held during the LJD Week 2016;
- Publish ‘actionable’ knowledge products (toolkit, manual, guidelines, good practices, etc.) on legal solutions and policies for successful integration of forcibly displaced into their host societies/regions.
The current concept note is a draft open for comments. We look forward to reading your inputs.