Refugee and Migrant Health and Development

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2015 Module: 
III African Series
Addis Ababa
July 27, 2015 to August 7, 2015

This course examines migration, including forced migration, in Ethiopia and the broader East African region. With a long history of receiving migrants fleeing droughts, conflicts and wars in neighboring countries, Ethiopia is hosting more than 400,000 refugees and asylum seekers from Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan, many of them seeking to move on to third countries. The Ethiopian government has long maintained an open-door-policy, which allows humanitarian access and protection to those entering the country. While a significant number of urban refugees live in Addis Ababa, the vast majority of the forced migrants are spread across 18 camps distributed in border areas in all parts of the country. After a general introduction to forced migration in the Great Lakes Region, the course will visit international organizations and some of the large number of NGOs involved in supporting refugees and migrants in Ethiopia. We will also visit government agencies and discuss with Ethiopian researchers to gain an understanding of the local perspective. As part of the course work and based on materials developed by the Sphere Project, students will work on case studies examining the management of refugees and migrants, an exercise that will involve the collection of field data.

$4100 for one, $7500 for two

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