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Humanitarian Settlement

Welcome to this Deakin University unit, ADH716: Humanitarian Settlement, the journey of a refugee from crisis to settlement.

This program is part of the Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action degree offered by Deakin University

Explore sustainable solutions for humanitarian settlement

Due to unprecedented levels of forced displacement of refugees and other vulnerable populations, there is a need for countries to identify clear humanitarian policies and practices for integration and settlement of refugees.

This unit aims to provide the student with an understanding of the history and concepts of refugee and refugee resettlement, the refugee experiences of resettlement and refugee resettlement policies and practices. We also examine the potential on principles of community development to facilitate refugee resettlement and foster autonomous action amongst refugee groups.


5 courses

Delivered by expert academics

Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus. With world-class teaching and research, Deakin produces sought-after graduates poised to make a real difference in the world.

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Who will you learn with?

Daniel McAvoy is a Lecturer in Humanitarian Assistance. He has worked in humanitarian responses in Iraq, Kosovo, Indonesia and the Pacific for a range of organisations.

Learning outcomes

  • Analyse the concept of 'refugee' and related terms in the context of the recent history of forced migration
  • Apply a critical and reflective understanding of community development principles and practice to propose creative, evidence-based solutions to settlement and integration of refugees and to facilitate partnerships between local communities and refugee groups
  • Evaluate the nature of refugee and integration experiences, critically analysing the effectiveness of policies and practices of refugee settlement

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