Category: Refugees & Displaced Populations

Refugees & displaced populations with disabilities.
  • Beyond Words: Lessons on Translation, Trust and Meaning from the No More 'Mualagh' Project
    • This article describes the No More 'Mualagh' Project which aims to educate Afghan refugees about mental illness, namely depression, in their own language. Special attention is paid to cultural sensitivity regarding mental illness. PDF format.
  • Cultural and Linguistic Inclusion? Literature Review on Social Inclusion, Cohesion and Culture
    • This article addresses the state of inclusion of migrant people with disabilities in the United Kingdom and Australia. Suggestions of best practices are given to promote social inclusion of migrant people with disabilities. PDF format.
  • Examining Factors Impacting Community Based Rehabilitation in a Refugee Camp: An Exploratory Case Study
    • This paper examines factors that impact the ability of refugees within a refugee camp in Kenya to participate in their communities through community-based rehabilitation (CBR). PDF format.
  • Inquiry Into Immigration Detention in Australia
    • This letter from the National Ethnic Disability Alliance cocnerns the rights of immigrants with disabilities held in detention in Australia. It concentrates on the lack of individual rights for these individuals while in dentention. Word document format.
  • Migrants with Disability and the 10 Year Qualifying Residence Period for the Disability Support Pension
    • This article examines the 10-year qualifying residence period for migrants with a disability to obtain the Disability Support Pension in Australia. It argues argues that not only is this a discriminatory law, but it is in direct conflict with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. PDF format.
  • Q&A: Refugee Worker Turns a Disability into an Advantage
    • An interview with Safak Pavey, a 30-year-old UNHCR public affairs officer in Geneva with a disability on her work with the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights.
  • Refugees and Migrants with Disability and the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    • This article concerns the discrimination of migrant refugees with disabilities when trying to rebuild a new life in Australia. While in the past they have often been denied entrance, now the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities can be applied to ensure more equal treatment.
  • Refugees with Disabilities Fact Sheet
    • A fact sheet on the needs and capacities of refugees with disabilities, and on the WRC's work to integrate, protect and empower them. 6.7 million persons with disabilities are forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence and human rights violations. They remain one of the most vulnerable and socially excluded groups in any displaced community.Persons with disabilities have difficulty accessing humanitarian assistance due to a variety of societal, environmental and communication barriers. This increases their protection risks, including violence, abuse and exploitation. There is growing evidence that rates of violence may be 4-10 times greater among persons with disabilities than their nondisabled peers.
  • The Heightened Risk Identification Tool
    • The Heightened Risk Identification Tool (HRIT) and User Guide have been developed to enhance UNHCR's effectiveness in identifying refugees at risk by linking community-based / participatory assessments and individual assessment methodologies.
  • This is My Home
    • This article describes the results of a survey conducted regarding the treatment of migrants to Australia with disabilities. It examines the various ways which the migrants were not included, but also the necessary changes to create a most inclusive society. Word document format.
  • UN Special Rapportuer on Adequate Housing, PWD Roundtable Presentation: Housing Issures Relating to People from non-English Speaking Background (NESB) with Disability
    • This is a brief introduction to four general barriers peole with diabilities (PWD) from non-English speaking backgrounds face in Australia. Word document format.
  • Women's Refugee Commission
    • The Women's Refugee Commission improves the lives and protects the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. We research their needs, identify solutions and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. Our vision is a world in which refugee and internally displaced women, children and youth: are safe, healthy and self-reliant; have their human rights respected and protected; and inform and drive their own solutions and development.
  • Women's Refugee Commission Disability Program
    • The Women's Refugee Commission's Disability Program seeks to advance the rights and dignity of refugees and displaced persons with disabilities through researching and advocating for initiatives that develop their capacity to lead full lives and to make meaningful contributions to their communities
  • Your Right to Education: A Handbook for Refugees and Displaced Communities
    • The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children created this handbook to raise awareness of everyone's right to education through drawings that readers at all levels can understand. We hope that you will share Your Right to Education with children, young people and adults in your community to help them better understand the right to education, how it fits with other human rights and the benefits that education may bring. We also hope that Your Right to Education will serve as a tool to discuss these issues in depth and to encourage action to expand and improve education in displaced communities.