Alternatives to Camps

If camps are unavoidable, the inhabitants should have links with the host communities and access to the local economy, infrastructure and service delivery systems. This should help ensure that they require only limited humanitarian support.

UNHCR recognizes that enabling refugees to live in communities lawfully, peacefully and without harassment - in urban or rural areas - supports their ability to take responsibility for their lives and communities. Refugees bring personal skills and assets which can benefit the communities where they are living. They also bring the qualities of perseverance, flexibility and adaptability. Refugees who maintain their spirit of independence, use their skills and develop sustainable livelihoods during displacement, will be more resilient and better able to overcome future challenges.