Hanspeter Wyss, Senior Program Officer, Washington DC, KNOMAD, World Bank
65 million persons were forcibly displaced worldwide – within and
across borders – due to conflict and persecution at the end of 2015.
Forced displacement is not only a humanitarian issue, but also has
important economic, social, political, and environmental impacts on the
places of origin and destination. The development impacts of forced
displacement, however, remain poorly understood. There is very limited
sound analytical work to date on the impacts of refugees and internally
displaced persons (IDPs) on host communities. Social scientists have
largely neglected these important policy and conceptual challenges. As
the number of protracted displacement situations is increasing, the lack
of rigorous impact assessments is a major gap that needs to be filled.
Therefore, a number of case studies have recently been undertaken by the
World Bank, UNHCR, independent researchers, and other actors.
this background, the Thematic Working Group on Forced Migration of the
World Bank's Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development
(KNOMAD) organized a Methodological Workshop on Measuring Impacts of Refugees and IDPs on Host Countries and Host Communities
in November 2015 in Washington, DC, jointly with Oxford University's
Refugee Studies Centre, the Solutions Alliance, and UNHCR. The workshop
assembled important pieces of published research as well as some ongoing
This call for papers aims to capture further ongoing
work in this growing field of impact assessments. Authors of papers
selected will be invited to present the paper at a conference on the
impacts of refugees and IDPs on host communities in May 2017. The papers
selected can be published as KNOMAD Working Papers. A selection of
papers will also be considered for a special issue in a journal.
welcome submission of empirical papers that provide evidence of impacts
of refugees and IDPs on their host communities and host countries in
specific situations. This includes, but is not limited to impacts on:
can look at impacts on the national or local level and cover different
scenarios (urban or rural settings as well as encampment (closed or
open), settlement or cohabitation). Papers that discuss the possible
generalization of the results, and include policy recommendations based
on the evidence presented in the paper are encouraged.
Please submit abstracts of around 500 words (pdf files) no later than December 11, 2016 to Kirsten Schuettler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Invitations to submit full papers will be communicated by January 9,
2016. Submissions of full papers (pdf files) are expected by February
28, 2016. Decisions will be made by March 21, 2017.
The Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD)
is a global hub of knowledge and policy expertise on migration and
development issues. KNOMAD draws on experts from all parts of the world
to synthesize existing knowledge and generate new knowledge for use by
policy makers in sending and receiving countries. The head of KNOMAD is
Dilip Ratha (World Bank).
KNOMAD's Thematic Working Group on
Forced Migration is chaired by T. Alexander Aleinikoff (Colombia
University), Ana María Ibáñez (Universidad de los Andes) and Xavier
Devictor (World Bank). The focal point in the KNOMAD Secretariat is
Kirsten Schuettler (World Bank).