Reflections of refugee integration in Turkey from our CEO

by: David Keegan, CEO  I recently spent a week in Ankara, Turkey attending a conference on refugee best practices and meeting with local stakeholders to find out more about refugee protection in Turkey. Turkey hosts four million refugees of which 3.6 million are from Syria. They are the country with the largest hosting responsibility for…

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When all else is lost, dignity remains?

By David Keegan, CEO I have come into contact with many people as a result of my work in Australia and overseas during the last 10 years who have been forcibly displaced. All have a common desire to find a new home where life can be rebuilt and where dignity can be restored. They may…

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Finding treasure in dark places

By David Keegan, CEO While living and working in Nauru in 2016 I met a young Afghan man named Jafar who was one of the staff at an organisation I was working for and also a refugee. His charismatic smile and energy immediately drew my attention as it was in stark contrast to what I…

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Putting the ‘human’ back into refugee protection

By David Keegan, CEO In 2013 while leading a large community based programme for refugees and asylum seekers in Sydney, I witnessed the narrative about refugees turn from humanitarian rescue and welcome to border protection and deterrence. People seeking asylum by boat became known as illegal, rescuing people seeking asylum by sea became a fight…

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Towards Self Reliance: A model for assessing and responding to sustained vulnerability

Social workers need more guidance on how to best bring people through prolonged displacement and uncertainty towards a positive future. Image: Fancycrave on Unsplash. By David Keegan, CEO Becoming forcibly displaced throws a person into many challenging situations as they journey towards a better life. They invariably find themselves facing multiple barriers that include physical,…

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The role of innovation in refugee solutions

The 7th Annual Asia Pacific Consultation of Refugee Rights Representatives from Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and Japan. Image: APRRN. By David Keegan, CEO We are in a time where governments and NGOs are asking, and being asked, questions about how we can do things differently to meet the protection needs of the world’s…

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First nation voices integral in refugee settlement issues

By David Keegan, CEO I recently participated in a multicultural conference in New Zealand where a significant Maori leader, Dr Kara Puketapu, was invited to speak about multiculturalism. He spoke about offering compassion and friendship for visitors to his lands as an obligation and extended a commitment to working with the government and multicultural communities…

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Stand #withrefugees by focusing on their strengths

By David Keegan, HOST CEO There’s a growing body of research and analyses, bolstered by personal stories, that shows refugees and former refugees enliven economies and cultures. Yet, despite the evidence, perceptions of refugees as a burden persist. Ethical, humanitarian and moral considerations aside for a second, refugees offer a society human capital. Research shows,…

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