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Urban Refugees and Livelihoods

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Surviving in the City

A growing proportion of the people of concern to UNHCR live in urban environments. The urban livelihoods initiative launched by UNHCR in 2008 aims at strengthening the agency's understanding of the challenges these people face and looking at ways to help them. Interventions by the refugee agency combine various elements, including access to microfinance, skills and vocational training, enterprise development courses, career counselling and more. The urban livelihoods initiative also generates tools and how-to-guides to help design, implement, monitor and evaluate livelihoods projects in urban settings. Participating countries in 2008-2009 so far include Armenia, Burundi Egypt, Gambia, India, Jordan, Malaysia, Senegal and Yemen.