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The IRC uses our learning and experience to assist people affected by crisis and shape humanitarian policy and practice. Browse our research and resources. 


Getting Back on Track

From years of experience working with refugees and asylum-seekers globally, we know that when given opportunity to thrive, forcibly displaced persons contribute to their host communities and boost local economies. However, third-country nationals living in the European Union face very specific challenges and barriers to integration stemming from their vulnerabilities as refugee populations, as well as structural issues and divergent asylum policies at the EU and national levels. As the EU transitions into a new mandate for the European Commission and Parliament, the International Rescue Committee outlines a set of recommendations for a renewed and improved EU Action Plan on Integration. We argue that only by supporting the transition of refugees and asylum-seekers into their new communities, the EU has a chance to prove its role as a credible champion of protection and inclusion.

October 21, 2019

What works to prevent violence against women and girls in conflict and humanitarian crisis: Synthesis Brief

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is an important human rights concern and a pervasive issue affecting women and girls during times of conflict and humanitarian crisis. Over the last five years, the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls research programme, funded by UK Aid, has been conducting research to expand the international community’s knowledge around VAWG and the effectiveness of programmes that seek to prevent and respond to this violence. This new brief synthesises the key results of What Works studies as well as other findings from contemporaneous research efforts published since 2015. It aims to provide an up-to-date resource for practitioners, policymakers and researchers on the state of evidence on VAWG in conflict and humanitarian settings and makes recommendations for VAWG policy, programming, and future research priorities.

September 26, 2019

Securing SDG progress and inclusion for refugees

Joint Business Refugee Action Network (BRAN) statement on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

September 24, 2019

Left Out and Left Behind

Violent conflict and climate change are driving protracted crises in the Sahel region of Africa, forcing large scale displacement across the region and beyond, with 4.4 million people forcibly displaced.

September 24, 2019

Missing Persons: Refugees Left Out and Left Behind in the SDGs

In 2015, 193 UN Member States came together to agree to a shared agenda for peace and prosperity. This agenda was centered on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by all countries by 2030, coupled with a commitment to Leave No One Behind. At the 2019 SDG Summit, UN Member States will make their first comprehensive assessment towards achieving the goals.

September 23, 2019

Left in Limbo

Humanitarian need for Rohingya refugees and the host community in Cox’s Bazar, home to the world’s largest refugee camp, is daunting. While Bangladesh should be commended for its generosity in opening its borders to Rohingya refugees, accelerated efforts are required to support the over 1.2 million people in need of humanitarian and development assistance. Simultaneously, further pressure is needed from the international community and regional actors on the Government of Myanmar (GoM) to create conditions in Rakhine conducive to the safe, voluntary and sustainable return of the Rohingya. Building on new research from the International Rescue Committee on positive market conditions in Cox’s Bazar, this brief highlights the untapped potential of livelihoods programming to increase self-reliance and economic empowerment for affected communities. It concludes with recommendations to the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and key actors engaged with the crisis to support refugees and locals, and women in particular, to rebuild their lives and livelihoods and take back control of their future.

September 12, 2019

A Europe that truly protects

IRC recommendations to transform the EU’s response to forced displacement.

September 9, 2019

#ChildrenNeedAnswers: “Child Protection & EU Funding for migrant populations in Greece: A reality check and the way forward” (Greek language)

On 16 May 2019, on the occasion of the Roundtable Conference “Child Protection & EU Funding for migrant populations in Greece: A reality check and the way forward” several child protection experts and migration stakeholders met to discuss the reception system and integration perspectives of children in migration in Greece, from the perspective of EU funding.

August 12, 2019

Labour market integration for vulnerable populations

According to the National Strategy on Integration, there are over 650,000 third country nationals in Greece, including refugees and asylum seekers. Without Greek language skills, they are at a disadvantage in navigating the labour market. Women and youth are especially vulnerable and have particular challenges in finding employment.

August 6, 2019

The IRC in Greece

As of June 2019, an estimated 76,000 refugees including over 3,800 unaccompanied children, live in Greece, more than 15,500 of these on the Greek islands, often in crowded, substandard conditions. Over 75% of the newly arrived are from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Palestine and more than half are women and children. IRC Hellas responds to the needs of the most vulnerable with a holistic approach that spans from reception to integration; on the islands and on the mainland.

August 5, 2019