In and beyond the camp

The rise of resilience in refugee governance

Authors

  • Marcia Oliver Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Philip Boyle University of Waterloo

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1050

Keywords:

Resilience, refugee governance, neoliberalism, UNHCR

Abstract

This paper analyzes recent changes in the policies and practices through which displaced populations are governed by humanitarian and state actors. In particular, we examine how the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is increasingly operationalizing its protection mandate by linking the more longstanding logic of self-reliance with the newer idea of resilience, itself composed of both micro (individual) and macro (societal and particularly urban) strands. Using Uganda as a site of analysis, we suggest that the linking of the more entrenched concept of self-reliance with resilience is another step forward in the entwining of UNHCR’s traditional humanitarian mandate with the developmental goals promoted by other global aid organizations. Resilience emerges in this context as a policy ideal that brings together disparate strands of operational aspirations into one multifaceted objective to govern refugees both within and beyond the camp/settlement structure.

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Oliver, M. and Boyle, P. (2019) “In and beyond the camp: The rise of resilience in refugee governance”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 10(6), pp. 1107–1132. doi: 10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1050.