Beyond Encampment

Alternative Responses to
Forced Migration

Worldwide, the number of asylum seekers has doubled in the past decade alone, nearly exceeding 80 million as of 2021. In the last four years this number increased by 20 million people.  The convention of international humanitarian response strains under the reality that camps, and the aid apparatus, is insufficient to house and provide a meaningful existence for displaced people within the paradigm of enclosure.

Decades on, refugee camps like Stranded Pakistani Geneva Camp---one of the densest settlements in Bangladesh---in central Dhaka have evolved into claustrophobic concrete slums. In the western hemisphere, the response of forced migration by host nations takes a separate form of policy, policing and deportation. Though the recent transition to the Biden administration offers hope of a rejuvenated US Refugee Assistance and resettlement program, the estranged US-Mexican border policy of the past four years has left 60,000 asylum seekers stranded.