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Papers/Reports | October 25, 2017

Little by Little: Exploring the impact of social acceptance on refugee integration into host communities

This study explores the effect that refugees have on host communities. Just like refugees, host communities require support that reflects the multifaceted ways—economic, political, social, and developmental—in which their lives are affected. The study also elucidates a variety of tools and means for donors, practitioners, and host governments to foster social acceptance and relationships between members of both communities. These include using existing community spaces or creating new opportunities where refugees and members of the host community can get to know one another on a personal level. Recruiting thought leaders, developing education campaigns, and influencing the media can further help to inform the public about refugees and dispel stereotypes and misinformation. These opportunities for personal interaction and greater community awareness can also counter the spread of stereotypes and misinformation, which inherently block social integration.