RefuAid work with host communities to build local capacity and increase resources in order to support refugee populations.
Based in Katerini.
Local integration has a largely unrecognised potential to aid the plight of refugee populations across the globe. RefuAid work with host communities to build local capacity and increase resources in order to support refugee populations.
In recent years there has been relatively little attention paid to the process of local integration and its consequences for refugees and their hosts.
RefuAid acknowledge that a reliance on camp-centric policies in prolonged situations is inefficient, causes tension between refugee and local populations, forces refugee populations to become reliant on humanitarian aid and leads to health and security crisis. Camp based social and community policies additionally prevent refugees from re-entering society and pursuing stable lifestyles.
Due to the turbulent and ever-changing political situation within the European Union RefuAid are currently focusing on social and cultural processes of adaptation and acceptance that enables the refugees to contribute to the host country whilst positively impacting the development of the host community, in what is a transient and complicated situation.
The 1951 UN Refugee Convention acknowledged the role of local integration, focusing on the importance of citizenship in achieving durable solutions. According to article 34 of the Convention, “the contracting states shall as far as possible facilitate the assimilation and naturalization of refugees. They shall in particular make every effort to expedite naturalization proceedings.”