This case explores the planning process for creating safe shelter and a stable livelihood for LGBTI refugees who have experienced forced displacement due to criminalization of their identity or war. Kenya houses over a half a million displaced refugees from neighboring Somalia and Uganda. Acting as a human rights advocate, students will need to explore the political, social, and economic consequences of refugee life to determine a long-term shelter option for LGBTI refugees.
displacement, refugees, LGBTI, social justice, housing policy, advocacy planning, poverty reduction, humanitarian assistance
- Learn about the scale of refugee problems and the issues involved in protecting refugees.
- Recognize an often overlooked and hidden population of refugees and their unique protection needs, particularly in relation to shelter.
- Become familiar with the actors who assist LGBTI and other refugees in camp and urban settings.
- Compare available shelter options for LGBTI refugees, identifying the advantages and risks of each; detail how each shelter option enhances or impedes service provision and the dignity of the individual.
- Discuss how isolation serves as both a protective measure and barrier to integration for LGBTI refugees.
- Consider the ethical obligations of service providers to work with LGBTI individuals, and the obligations of the relevant communities and governments to protect LGBTI refugees.
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- Bettini, G. (2013). Climate barbarians at the gate: A critique of apocalyptic narratives on ‘climate refugees.’ Geoforum 45: 63-72. Read the abstract.
- Human Rights First (2012). The Road to Safety: Strengthening Protection for LGBTI Refugees in Uganda and Kenya. Download the report.
- Rumbach, J. and K. Knight (2014). Sexual and gender minorities in humanitarian emergencies. In: Roeder, L. (Ed.) Gender and Sexual Orientation in Humanitarian Emergencies. Read the abstract.
- Sarmiento, C.S. and V.A. Beard (2013). Traversing the border: community based planning and transnational migrants. Journal of Planning Education and Research 33(3): 336-347. Read the abstract.