East Africa

This research will take place in our main focus countries but will occasionally include case studies focusing on other countries within the region.

  • Transitional housing being built at Kobe refugee camp in Ethiopia, June 2012

    Transitional housing being built at Kobe refugee camp in Ethiopia, June 2012

    UNHCR Ethiopia / J. Ose

Host government decisions about the economic inclusion of refugees are shaped by politics and political economy. Interests, power, and ideas shaped national and local considerations. This has implications for legislation and the way in which it is implemented. Alongside our core panel data work, we intend to consider some of the dynamics that shape the politics of socio-economic inclusion for refugees through qualitative fieldwork. The research will unpack the role of variables common in the wider African Studies literature such as regime type, decentralisation, patronage, extraversion, as well as examine critical themes such as post-colonial narratives.