Developing A Profiling Methodology for Displaced People in Urban Areas

In September 2010, we began a one-year research project, funded by the US State Dept.’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM), to develop a profiling methodology intended to capture livelihood, integration, and vulnerability data on displaced people in urban settings. We conducted survey research in Yemen, South Africa, and Thailand, and qualitative research in the latter two countries (the eruption of major civil unrest in Yemen prevented continuing research there). Our methodology will help aid agencies better explore the livelihood issues confronting displaced people vis-à-vis non-displaced locals in urban settings. Depending on the urban setting, our data are showing key differences in some aspects of vulnerability, and fewer differences in others.