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Local integration - how can it become a viable solution? A field study of Liberian refugees in Ghana

Mokhtarpour Mesbah, Novin (2008)
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
This essay is the result of fieldwork conducted in the Buduburam refugee settlement outside of Accra, Ghana, in the spring of 2008. The aim of the study has been to examine whether local integration could be a viable solution to the plight of the Liberian refugees in Ghana in the aftermath of the repatriation programme terminated at the end of June 2007. The concepts of local integration and self-reliance will be analysed in relation to the protracted refugee situation of the refugees.

The fieldwork shows that the time for integration has passed for the Liberians: it wont be possible to integrate them after nearly two decades in Ghana. Issues like social interaction and training in local languages might have had a positive impact if they... (More)
This essay is the result of fieldwork conducted in the Buduburam refugee settlement outside of Accra, Ghana, in the spring of 2008. The aim of the study has been to examine whether local integration could be a viable solution to the plight of the Liberian refugees in Ghana in the aftermath of the repatriation programme terminated at the end of June 2007. The concepts of local integration and self-reliance will be analysed in relation to the protracted refugee situation of the refugees.

The fieldwork shows that the time for integration has passed for the Liberians: it wont be possible to integrate them after nearly two decades in Ghana. Issues like social interaction and training in local languages might have had a positive impact if they had been included as part of efforts to make the refugees self-reliant. Another conclusion drawn is that self-reliance

within a (self-)separated community like the Buduburam refugee settlement can be

counterproductive if the process of local integration is initialised too late. (Less)
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author
Mokhtarpour Mesbah, Novin
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Local integration, Self-reliance, Liberian refugees, Buduburam, Ghana, Protracted refugee situations (PRS), Durable solutions, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper, Human rights, Mänskliga rättigheter
language
English
id
1319016
date added to LUP
2008-08-18
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2014-09-04 08:27:51
@misc{1319016,
  abstract     = {This essay is the result of fieldwork conducted in the Buduburam refugee settlement outside of Accra, Ghana, in the spring of 2008. The aim of the study has been to examine whether local integration could be a viable solution to the plight of the Liberian refugees in Ghana in the aftermath of the repatriation programme terminated at the end of June 2007. The concepts of local integration and self-reliance will be analysed in relation to the protracted refugee situation of the refugees.

The fieldwork shows that the time for integration has passed for the Liberians: it wont be possible to integrate them after nearly two decades in Ghana. Issues like social interaction and training in local languages might have had a positive impact if they had been included as part of efforts to make the refugees self-reliant. Another conclusion drawn is that self-reliance

within a (self-)separated community like the Buduburam refugee settlement can be

counterproductive if the process of local integration is initialised too late.},
  author       = {Mokhtarpour Mesbah, Novin},
  keyword      = {Local integration,Self-reliance,Liberian refugees,Buduburam,Ghana,Protracted refugee situations (PRS),Durable solutions,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Human rights,Mänskliga rättigheter},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Local integration - how can it become a viable solution? A field study of Liberian refugees in Ghana},
  year         = {2008},
}