Last year, roughly 24 people were displaced each minute. Yet, the average length of time spent as a displaced person is now 20 years.
These stark facts highlight the need to rethink the nature of solutions to displacement, beyond the traditional three durable solutions of voluntary repatriation, resettlement and local integration. In this presentation, Professor Geoff Gilbert will argue that the UN’s responses to refugees must be reconsidered. He will suggest that that solutions to displacement should be seen as a process, and that the UN should move away from the traditional dichotomies of ‘protection versus solutions’ and ‘humanitarian versus development’ assistance.