Rethinking refugees as actors


Refugees are commonly portrayed in the media as helpless victims, and rarely given a direct voice in humanitarian practice and academic scholarship. Yet refugees make decisions and enact agency every day in a wide array of situations. Some of the questions addressed here include: What existing and potential roles can refugees play in their own protection and assistance? How do refugees enact power and agency in everyday situations of displacement? How can refugees become involved in assistance and recognised as actors rather than simply beneficiaries of humanitarian aid?

 

'All Hands On Deck' (Athens, Greece), Photo by Perry Grone