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The Socio-Economic Problems Faced by Urban Refugees: A Case Study of Kampala, Uganda

Muzoozi, Alex Banyijaho LU (2016) SIMV30 20161
Graduate School
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine the socio-economic problems faced by urban refugees with a case study of Kampala Uganda. Under this topic, participants were asked why they live in unrecognized areas, why they never lived in settlements and why urban refugees are not visible to humanitarian agencies. The study went ahead to investigate the socio-economic problems refugees were facing as well as what they were doing to cope with the problems. This study took place in Makindye division, Kampala district with 99% of the sample drawn from Refuge and Hope International – a NGO working with urban refugees. Capabilities approach and resilience were used in this study. The study employed a convergent parallel mixed methods design where... (More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the socio-economic problems faced by urban refugees with a case study of Kampala Uganda. Under this topic, participants were asked why they live in unrecognized areas, why they never lived in settlements and why urban refugees are not visible to humanitarian agencies. The study went ahead to investigate the socio-economic problems refugees were facing as well as what they were doing to cope with the problems. This study took place in Makindye division, Kampala district with 99% of the sample drawn from Refuge and Hope International – a NGO working with urban refugees. Capabilities approach and resilience were used in this study. The study employed a convergent parallel mixed methods design where quantitative and qualitative data was collected concurrently, analyzed separately merged and interpreted to complement each other. The sample had 197 respondents where 72 participated in filling the questionnaires, 116 in focus groups and 9 respondents participated in semi-structured interviews.
The results/findings indicate the presence of security, good education and health care as well as desire to look for jobs as the main reasons refugees opt to live in unrecognized areas within cities. The other findings on why refugees never live in settlements/camps include insecurity, poor education and healthcare, lack of freedoms, poor housing, poor sanitation, early marriages, domestic violence and tribal conflicts. The results/findings of the study on the socio-economic problems refugees face in Kampala show various problems and some of them include high standards of living, language barrier, high rents, corruption, high fees, lack of access to quality education and healthcare, harassment by the authorities and many others. Some of the coping strategies used by refugees are, taking language courses, vocational training, praying, and community and family social support. The thesis concludes by calling for further research on urban refugees in developed host states for the findings to be generalized (Less)
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The purpose of this study was to examine the socio-economic problems faced by urban refugees with a case study of Kampala Uganda. Under this topic, participants were asked why they live in unrecognized areas, why they never lived in settlements and why urban refugees are not visible to humanitarian agencies. The study went ahead to investigate the socio-economic problems refugees were facing as well as what they were doing to cope with the problems. This study took place in Makindye division, Kampala district with 99% of the sample drawn from Refuge and Hope International – a NGO working with urban refugees. Capabilities approach and resilience were used in this study. The study employed a convergent parallel mixed methods design where... (More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the socio-economic problems faced by urban refugees with a case study of Kampala Uganda. Under this topic, participants were asked why they live in unrecognized areas, why they never lived in settlements and why urban refugees are not visible to humanitarian agencies. The study went ahead to investigate the socio-economic problems refugees were facing as well as what they were doing to cope with the problems. This study took place in Makindye division, Kampala district with 99% of the sample drawn from Refuge and Hope International – a NGO working with urban refugees. Capabilities approach and resilience were used in this study. The study employed a convergent parallel mixed methods design where quantitative and qualitative data was collected concurrently, analyzed separately merged and interpreted to complement each other. The sample had 197 respondents where 72 participated in filling the questionnaires, 116 in focus groups and 9 respondents participated in semi-structured interviews.
The results/findings indicate the presence of security, good education and health care as well as desire to look for jobs as the main reasons refugees opt to live in unrecognized areas within cities. The other findings on why refugees never live in settlements/camps include insecurity, poor education and healthcare, lack of freedoms, poor housing, poor sanitation, early marriages, domestic violence and tribal conflicts. The results/findings of the study on the socio-economic problems refugees face in Kampala show various problems and some of them include high standards of living, language barrier, high rents, corruption, high fees, lack of access to quality education and healthcare, harassment by the authorities and many others. Some of the coping strategies used by refugees are, taking language courses, vocational training, praying, and community and family social support. The thesis concludes by calling for further research on urban refugees in developed host states for the findings to be generalized (Less)
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Muzoozi, Alex Banyijaho LU
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SIMV30 20161
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Socio-economic problems, Urban refugees
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English
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8886978
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this study was to examine the socio-economic problems faced by urban refugees with a case study of Kampala Uganda. Under this topic, participants were asked why they live in unrecognized areas, why they never lived in settlements and why urban refugees are not visible to humanitarian agencies. The study went ahead to investigate the socio-economic problems refugees were facing as well as what they were doing to cope with the problems. This study took place in Makindye division, Kampala district with 99% of the sample drawn from Refuge and Hope International – a NGO working with urban refugees. Capabilities approach and resilience were used in this study. The study employed a convergent parallel mixed methods design where quantitative and qualitative data was collected concurrently, analyzed separately merged and interpreted to complement each other. The sample had 197 respondents where 72 participated in filling the questionnaires, 116 in focus groups and 9 respondents participated in semi-structured interviews.
 The results/findings indicate the presence of security, good education and health care as well as desire to look for jobs as the main reasons refugees opt to live in unrecognized areas within cities. The other findings on why refugees never live in settlements/camps include insecurity, poor education and healthcare, lack of freedoms, poor housing, poor sanitation, early marriages, domestic violence and tribal conflicts. The results/findings of the study on the socio-economic problems refugees face in Kampala show various problems and some of them include high standards of living, language barrier, high rents, corruption, high fees, lack of access to quality education and healthcare, harassment by the authorities and many others. Some of the coping strategies used by refugees are, taking language courses, vocational training, praying, and community and family social support. The thesis concludes by calling for further research on urban refugees in developed host states for the findings to be generalized},
  author       = {Muzoozi, Alex Banyijaho},
  keyword      = {Socio-economic problems,Urban refugees},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Socio-Economic Problems Faced by Urban Refugees: A Case Study of Kampala, Uganda},
  year         = {2016},
}