Refugee Cooperation: overview

Protracted Displacement Challenges Facing Sudan: What Scope for EU-US Cooperation?
Panel I. Political/Diplomatic/Security Context
April 11, 2011

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The project "" was designed to suggest ways to enhance transatlantic coherence and cooperation in humanitarian action in regard to refugee/IDP- related problems. Over 2010 and 2011, a project team based on a network of transatlantic organizations (MEI and FRS) conduct field-based empirical research to provide an in-depth analysis of current practices in key areas of humanitarian policy, thereby contributing to identify the potential and limits of transatlantic action. In order to "ground" research and dialogue in concrete practice, the project will explore key complex emergencies in which both the US and the EU are active. The project focuses on three conflict zones in the Middle East and South Asia:

There are several reasons for focusing on these three cases:

  • The massive scale and geographic scope of the refugee and internally displaced populations: Together, they constitute a large proportion of the global refugee and IDP populations.
  • The absorptive capacity of the neighboring states and host communities, most of which are poor and fragile, or "under stress".
  • The fact that these are Muslim countries, at a time when the relationships between the Muslim world and the West, and between Muslims and non-Muslims in many Western societies, are troubled.
  • In all three cases, the United States and Europe are already providing substantial humanitarian assistance.

The project is generously supported by the European Union.

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