CMES Research Seminar: Refugee Decision-making in First Countries of Asylum
Mo Hamza gives a talk that focuses on developing a model of understanding Syrian refugee-decision making in movement from first country of asylum namely Lebanon and Turkey.
The research is based on risk management theories and develops a new empirical model that explains and quantifies how refugees manage risks and opportunities. The aim is to develop a model for securing the protection of refugees in the first safe countries. The model consists of nuanced and quantified indicators for detecting deficiencies in the safety net, identifying vulnerable groups, and predicting secondary movements. The project model will be an important and much-needed tool for states and other actors in the work of fundamentally changing the planning and management of protection-based measures and the now critiqued “containment approach”.
Mo Hamza is professor of Risk Management and Societal Safety at Lund University. His primary areas of professional expertise and research work are: Disaster risk and vulnerability reduction, and climate change impact and adaptation in fragile and failed states including environmental migration/displacement. Recently he started working on refugee movement and decision-making. Previously he has held several academic and professional posts including: leading the Masters in Disaster Management Programme at the University of Copenhagen; Munich-Re Chair of Social Vulnerability Studies at the United Nations University, Bonn, Germany; Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Sweden; advisor to the MIT Climate CoLab; and currently a senior advisor to the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). He is also the lead author of the World Disasters Report (2015) “Focus on local actors, the key to humanitarian effectiveness”.