We at BCARS offer our support and would like to bring attention to these meaningful and insightful external resources from experts in our field.

NGO Governance and Syrian Refugee "Subjects" in Jordan

Former BCARS Assistant Director and current Brown University Professor Dr. Sarah Tobin's latest article on the Za'atari Syrian Refugee camp.

The typical image of the Syrian refugee camp in Jordan is one of suffering. Journalistic account after account introduces spectacular stories of devastation and loss. While perhaps dramatized, these tales are not false. Syrian refugee camps have forced hundreds of thousands of strangers to live together in austere, unequal and artificially constructed communities, which are subject to new national laws. To live in the camps is indeed to endure or have endured some form of suffering—but also to be part of a collective of survivors.

Needham Groups Seek to Help Refugees

BCARS Senior Policy Advisor Merissa Khurma reaches out to local Boston-area news and aid organizations involved with the refugee crisis.

Syrian Academics in Exile

New Research Voices has launched a new journal taking the lastest research from a multitude of disciplines among Syrian academics in exile. Topics range from resilience of Syrian child refugees in Lebanon to epigenetic research on multigenerational behavioral health.

When two bodies wearing identical wetsuits washed ashore in Norway and the Netherlands, journalist Anders Fjellberg and photographer Tomm Christiansen started a search to answer the question: who were these people? What they found and reported in Norway’s “Dagbladet” is that everybody has a name, everybody has a story and everybody is someone.

Op-Ed "To Undermine ISIS, We Should Welcome Syrian Refugees"

RAND contributors Kim Cragin and Ben Connable make a convincing argument that accepting Syrian refugees does not cause insecurity for a host country, and rather improves international security by undermining the appeal of ISIS to recruits and reducing anti-Western sentiment.

TED, Alexander Betts: Our refugee system is failing, here's how we can fix it

Oxford refugee researcher Alexander Betts argues for "enabling environments," 'economic zones,' 'preference matching,' and 'humanitarian visas' for renovating the global refugee system to meet 21st century mass forced migration challenges including the Syrian refugee crisis.

Op-Ed "60 million refugees: a crisis that has outgrown its 65-year-old solution"

Jordan's Prince El Hassan bin Talal makes a powerful argument for the need to reform the legal framework and international strategy for responding to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Stefan Lehne, "How the refugee crisis will reshape the EU"

Visiting Carnegie Europe scholar Stefan Lehne makes a convincing and moving argument as to why the Syrian refugee crisis is already reshaping the EU, why the EU as failed to effectively act, and how the situation is likely to unfold.

TED, Melissa Fleming: A Boat carrying 500 refugees sunk at sea. The story of two survivors

Melissa Fleming's remarkable story of two refugees' struggle to reach safety in Europe highlights the need for reimagined migration policies - a central theme of BCARS' work.

TED, António Guterres: Refugees have the right to be protected

António Guterres provides a remarkably articulate and well structured argument for the necessity in renovating refugee policy.


TED, Melissa Fleming: How to help refugees rebuild their world

Melissa Fleming makes a clear and powerful argument for the need to better integrate the millions of refugees impacted by regional conflict.

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