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UNHCR looks for alternate solutions to refugees as resettlements decrease

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 28, 2020   /  06:03 pm
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Refugees tend to a baby on a sidewalk in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta on July 5, 2019.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

As most developed countries have steadily reduced their refugee intake, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is being forced to formulate "alternate pathways" to a third country. The newly appointed UNHCR representative to Indonesia, Ann Maymann, said the "alternate pathway" is an umbrella term her organization has been using to describe efforts to develop other solutions for refugees beyond the traditional approaches of resettlement, voluntary repatriation and local integration. “It's actually not precisely defined because we are still working with states on finding more alternatives because as resettlement goes down, people can’t go back because their countries are still at war and local integration is very difficult to obtain,” she said at a media briefing on Tuesday. Among the most successful alternative programs...