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Dawn in the City: Guidance for Achieving Self-Reliance for Urban Refugees


More than 50 percent of refugees now live in urban areas. Eighty percent are hosted by developing nations and 42 percent reside in countries whose per capita GDP is below 3,000 USD. Arriving in cities that are unable to keep pace with the needs of their own burgeoning populations, most refugees live in poverty, in densely populated slums with few services. To help improve understanding of the reality urban refugees face, the Women’s Refugee Commission developed a guidance document that highlights both the livelihood and protection challenges and the opportunities for urban refugees.

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