Sustainable refugee migration: a rethink towards a positive capability approach

Mohammed Al-Husban, Carl Adams

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A major challenge facing many countries around the world is how to sustainably address the issues of increased numbers of refugee migrants. The refugee migrant “issue” is often heavily political as a high density of migrants in local areas impacts communities (e.g., disrupting local employment, service and culture). Different migrants come with different “baggage” and needs which can be a significant draw on the hosting communities’ resources. This paper argues that sustainable long-term solutions to refugee migrants will require a rethink to the existing dominant models of containment and charity. The paper draws upon insights from a study of a large refugee camp in Jordan over a three-and-a-half-year period, and historical cases of refugee migration. The paper presents a sustainable model that develops long-term capability for the various stakeholder groups.
Original languageEnglish
Article number451
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2016


  • Sustainable
  • migration
  • refugees
  • positive capability approach


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