Reexamining the Effect of Refugees on Civil Conflict: A Global Subnational Analysis

Sudanese refugees (Photo: Pixabay)

Global data from 1990 to 2018 show no evidence that hosting refugees increases the likelihood of new conflict, prolongs existing conflict, or even raises the number of violent events or casualties. In fact, in many cases, hosting refugees can encourage local development and even conflict reduction. Host governments should prioritize local development that benefits both refugees and host communities, as seen in countries like Uganda.

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Security Topics:  Migration and Forced Displacement