A conflict-sensitive approach to the Syrian refugee crisis?

Conflict Research Unit of Clingendael Institute

The size of the Syrian refugee crisis is difficult to grasp and the human drama that lies behind it is almost inconceivable. The pressure on international policy makers to formulate a response that balances domestic political interests with a clear call to action has been immense.

Focusing on the combined policies and actions of the international community in general, and those of the EU and regional governments in particular, this policy brief maintains that attempts to deal with the refugee crisis may inadvertently contribute to emerging drivers of conflict and violence in the near future. 

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