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The Welfare of Syrian Refugees and the Way Forward

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Jan 06, 2016 / 0 Comments

The Syrian crisis has now become one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time. The numbers are staggering. About half of the Syrian pre-conflict population has been displaced, over 200,000 people have been killed, millions of Syrians have been injured or traumatized and millions more have fled to neighboring countries and elsewhere. Yet, we know surprisingly little about the actual living conditions of those who are suffering from the crisis. For the people who have remained in Syria, information is either very scarce or unavailable. For the people affected by the Syrian crisis who have migrated to Europe, we have mostly anecdotal information that mixes victims of the Syrian crisis with other types of migrants. For those Syrians who have fled to neighboring countries and registered as refugees, we have a substantial amount of information but to date this information has been little exploited to study the welfare of refugees.


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Ewen Macleod

Ewen Macleod is currently head of the Policy Development and Evaluation Service at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. He has worked for the United Nations and the European Commission (EC), holding both headquarters and field-based positions. During the course of a thirty year career he has worked on many complex humanitarian crises and protracted refugee situations in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Paolo Verme

Paolo Verme is Senior Economist at the World Bank. A Ph.D. graduate of the London School of Economics, he was Visiting Professor at Bocconi University in Milan (2004-2009) and at the University of Turin (2003-2010) before joining the World Bank in 2010. For almost two decades, he served as senior advisor and project manager for multilateral organizations, private companies and governments contributing to the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies. His research covers labor markets, welfare and social protection and is widely published in international journals, books and reports. He is the co-author of the policy simulation model “SUBSIM” and the lead author of a recent joint UNHCR-World Bank study on the welfare of Syrian refugees.


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