January 8, 2016

Refugees are enterprising and tech-savvy, research finds

By Maddison Connaughton in Vox

What comes to mind when you think of a refugee camp? Maybe heat — and flies. Rows of tents as far as you can see. People who are hungry and desolate, waiting for their lives to begin again.

Bustling markets buzzing with trade is probably not what you imagine. But that’s exactly what researchers from Oxford found when they spent months surveying refugee camps in Uganda.

Nakivale, one of the three camps, is the oldest and largest refugee settlement camp in Uganda. Over 64,000 people from more than 10 countries fill the 70-square-mile camp. More arrive every day. Most are Congolese, people who’ve been trudging for weeks through the unforgiving forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Read the Oxford research report.

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