The Refugee Crisis: A Women’s Rights Issue

The document provide a situational analysis of gender and refugee crisis in Uganda. According to UNHCR and the 2016 Global Trends, the numbers are enormous: by end of 2016, there were 65.6 million refugees worldwide, of whom 40.3 million were internally displaced persons. What does this mean for the rest of the world? Hosting refugees has several repercussions, including environmental degradation and the risks of the insecurity that drove out the refugees in the first place spilling over into the host countries. Furthermore, the influx of refugees into a country ratchets up pressure on the recipient country’s public social services, frequently triggering conflicts with host communities. A survey commissioned by Amnesty International on the Refugees Welcome Index in 2016 showed the differences in the attitude of the citizens of a number of countries towards the prospect of refugees arriving at their doorsteps. Though some showed great willingness to welcome refugees, others were not too keen. Russia, for example, was placed on the bottom rung of the index.