Developing a Profiling Methodology for Displaced People in Urban Areas

In 2010-11 we partnered with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration to develop a profiling methodology for urban migrants and refugees. The purpose of the methodology was to capture a range of livelihood, integration and vulnerability data in urban settings, so as to compare the experiences of refugees and other migrant and non-migrant groups living in the same urban districts.
This report describes why profiling is important, proposes a model for profiling in urban settings and explains the theory underpinning the approach, and provides recommendations for good profiling practices.
As part of developing the methodology, we conducted case studies in three urban settings in key host countries. The case studies can be found here: