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date: 19 October 2019

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This chapter examines the displacement of urban refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), arguing that what has changed in the past decade is not displacement itself but who academics, policymakers, and practitioners choose to see as displaced. It considers how urban refugees are framed in current debates and discusses issues of protection and assistance raised by displaced persons moving into/through the highly informalized environments typically associated with southern cities. After discussing the experiences of refugees and IDPs in urban areas, it analyses the concept of ‘visibilization’ in relation to displacement, the protection of urban refugees, and the implications of the nature of the increasingly informal economy for urban refugees.

Keywords: displacement, urban refugees, internally displaced persons, protection, assistance, southern cities, urban areas, visibilization, informal economy

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