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Sustainability 2016, 8(5), 451;

Sustainable Refugee Migration: A Rethink towards a Positive Capability Approach

School of Media Arts and Technology, Southampton Solent Unuviersity, Southampton SO14 0YN, UK
School of Computing, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth PO13HE, UK
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Giuseppe Ioppolo, Isabel Ramos and Rui Dinis Sousa
Received: 1 December 2015 / Revised: 22 April 2016 / Accepted: 22 April 2016 / Published: 6 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Resilient Businesses: Assessment, Approaches and Technology)
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A major challenge facing many countries around the world is how to sustainably address the issues of increased numbers of refugee migrants. The refugee migrant “issue” is often heavily political as a high density of migrants in local areas impacts communities (e.g., disrupting local employment, service and culture). Different migrants come with different “baggage” and needs which can be a significant draw on the hosting communities’ resources. This paper argues that sustainable long-term solutions to refugee migrants will require a rethink to the existing dominant models of containment and charity. The paper draws upon insights from a study of a large refugee camp in Jordan over a three-and-a-half-year period, and historical cases of refugee migration. The paper presents a sustainable model that develops long-term capability for the various stakeholder groups. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable; migration; refugees; positive capability approach sustainable; migration; refugees; positive capability approach

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