Special Refugee Survey Quarterly issue focuses on UNRWA

10 June 2010

10 June 2010

UNRWA is the focus of a special double issue of the academic journal Refugee Survey Quarterly, entitled ‘UNRWA and the Palestinian Refugees 60 Years Later’.

Two introductory articles, by guest editors Lex Takkenberg of UNRWA and Professor Riccardo Bocco of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, are available here.

UNRWA and the Palestinian Refugees: A History within History (PDF)
By Professor Riccardo Bocco

UNRWA and the Palestinian Refugees After Sixty Years: Some Reflections (PDF)
By Lex Takkenberg

An article on UNRWA’s mandate is also available: The Mandate of UNRWA at Sixty (PDF) by Lance Bartholomeusz.

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Important role for Palestinian refugees

The volume marks the 60th anniversary of UNRWA and pays tribute to the important role the Agency has played on behalf of Palestinian refugees. 

It aims to engage in reflection and debate that might foster the Agency’s continued success in fulfilling its mandate.

Contributions provide insights into UNRWA‘s early history, the pioneering nature of many of its interventions, the evolving relationship between the Agency and its staff, and, a subject which has attracted significant attention in recent years, the Agency‘s involvement with protection of Palestinian refugees.

Looking towards the future

A final set of articles looks towards the future: the search for a just and lasting solution to the plight of the Palestinian refugees, the role of Israel and the possible implications for UNRWA and the refugees in the event of a significant political breakthrough.

Refugee Survey Quarterly, Volume 28, Number 2-3, 2009

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Table of contents



Context and Evolution

  • The Status of the Palestinian Refugees in the Near East: The Right of Return and UNRWA in Perspective
    Jalal Al Husseini and Riccardo Bocco
  • From Emergency Relief Assistance to Human Development and Back: UNRWA and the Palestinian Refugees, 1950–2009
    Maya Rosenfeld
  • Palestinian Refugee Youth: Agency and Aspiration
    Dawn Chatty
  • Palestinian Refugee Camps: From Shelter to Habitat
    Henri Rueff and Alain Viaro
  • Testing a New Paradigm: UNRWA’s Camp Improvement Programme
    Philipp Misselwitz and Sari Hanafi
  • UNRWA: Through the Eyes of its Refugee Employees in Jordan
    Randa Farah
  • UNRWA and the Palestine Refugees: A Genealogy of ‘‘Participatory’’ Development
    Terry Rempel


  • Sixty Years of UNRWA: From Service Provision to Refugee Protection
    Rami G. Khouri
  • The Mandate of UNRWA at Sixty (PDF)
    Lance Bartholomeusz
  • UNHCR and the International Protection of Palestinian Refugees
    Brenda Goddard
  • Is there Really a Protection Gap? UNRWA’s Role vis-à-vis Palestinian Refugees
    Michael Kagan
  • The Palestinians in Egypt: Identity, Basic Rights and Host State Policies
    Oroub El-Abed

Looking Towards the Future

  • Towards a Protection Strategy for UNRWA
    Nicholas Morris
  • Future Prospects for the Palestinian Refugees
    Mick Dumper
  • Israel, UNRWA, and the Palestinian Refugee Issue
    Joel Peters and Orit Gal
  • Peace Prospects and Implications for UNRWA’s Future: An International Law Perspective
    Leila Hilal
  • UNRWA’s Policy Analysis and other Research Needs: Strengthening Knowledge Management Within the Agency
    Rica Terbeck


  • Map: UNRWA Area of Operations
  • United Nations General Assembly Resolution 302 (IV), 8 December 1949: Establishing the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
  • UNRWA Consolidated Eligibility & Registration Instructions Department of Relief & Social Services, June 2006 (Excerpts)
  • UNRWA in Figures, December 2008
  • Revised Note on the Applicability of Article 1D of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees to Palestinian Refugees

From Relief and Works to Human Development: UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees after 60 years