n African Security Review - The impacts of environmental degradation on refugee-host relationships : commentary

Volume 17, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Although refugees can and often do bring positive social and economic changes to host communities, the influx and presence of refugees have also been shown to at times have negative impacts on individuals within a hosting community or even on the community as a whole. Therefore it is important not only to investigate the impacts of the presence of refugees on the hosting communities, but also to consider how these impacts have influenced the overall relationship between the two groups. In particular, one must determine what factors and influences on the hosting communities could contribute to a contentious or even conflictual relationship between the two groups. A better understanding of factors that contribute to or prevent conflict will ultimately assist those working with refugees with the coordination of projects that lessen the likelihood of conflict between refugees and host communities.

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