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Rethinking Refugees, Fuad Mahamed

By Fuad Mahamed , May 2017

A new perspective on the resettlement and integration of Refugees and Forced Migrants

Fuad Mahamed is a 2016 Clore Social Migrant and Refugee Fellow supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. In his provocation piece, A new perspective on the resettlement and integration of Refugees and Forced Migrants, he advocates rethinking refugees as a resource rather than a cost or burden to society.

We face the most serious refugee crisis in modern times, with more people displaced since the 2nd World War. Too often the refugee issue is portrayed as a burden to society and at best, a humanitarian and charitable issue. A humanitarian response designed for the short-term too often ends up administering long-term misery and wasted opportunity for both refugees and society.

Rather than transitioning from emergency relief to long-term reintegration, refugee populations often sadly get trapped within the system. This benefits nobody. Yet, we have skill shortages, the challenge of major infrastructure projects such as HS2 in the Midlands and the need to become more competitive in the face of Brexit. The existing paradigm fails to adequately recognise that refugees have talents, skills, and aspirations that will boost our economy and enrich our communities.

Fuad argues a rethink is urgently needed.

Please download and read his full provocation piece here. 

Follow the #RethinkingRefugee campaign here, or you can join the conversation with him here @AshleyCHousing. 

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