The future of the Palestinian refugee camps: Integration using social innovation

Authors: Rabeh Morrar*, An-Najah National University
Topics: Middle East, Immigration/Transnationalism
Keywords: Palestinian camps, refugees, integration, social innovation, spatial inequality
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Maryland A, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Millions of refugees are living in refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza, and still waiting their return right to their homes in Israeli according to the United Nation resolution 194. This has created many challenges and severe problems for Palestinian people in their different geographical locations. Palestinian camps remain among the most marginalized localities in the Palestinian territories. A substantial difference in exist in Palestine between those who are camp dwellers and those who live in other urban and rural areas in terms of socioeconomic status, living conditions, and quality of life. This marginalization is often linked to exclusion and violence, as well as weak social and economic integration with non-camps dwellers. The main objective of this research is to map and analyze how to address the issue of refugee integration in Palestine and to implement a method to shorten the way to work, social life and participation in the local society. It tries to develop a framework for facilitating, fostering and strengthening the economic and social inclusion of Palestinian refugees, through social innovation approach established in cooperation between public and private sectors, non-profit organizations, international stakeholders (UNRWA, USAID, Arab League, etc.) and refugees themselves, in order to bridge any income and opportunity gaps between camps dwellers and other dwellers in the West Bank. For data collection, we assume semi-structured interviews which consist of several key questions that help to define the main concepts such as social innovation and refugee integration.

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