Unlocking the protracted displacement of refugees and internally displaced persons

This paper considers how international actors should frame protracted displacements and the search for ‘solutions’ to such crises. It draws on the findings of three case studies (Central America during the 1980s and 1990s and contemporary displacements in Somalia and Iraq) as well as wider research on protracted refugee situations and the politics of refugee ‘solutions’. The paper suggests a number of innovative strategies which might better match international policy to the needs of those trapped in protracted displacement.