Reports and resources
The International Rescue Committee uses our learning and experience to assist people affected by crisis and shape humanitarian policy and practice. Browse our research and resources.
One year stranded & what's changed?
It is one year since the introduction of Europe’s flawed migration policies to close borders along the Western Balkan route and return migrants and refugees to Turkey, leaving thousands stranded in Greece. This update provides an overview of the current situation in Greece, and sets out what eight national and international responding agencies see as the most urgent issues to address and the major concerns with Europe’s response to this crisis.
Solving the refugee employment problem in Jordan: A survey of Syrian refugees
In Jordan, there are an estimated 1.2 million Syrian refugees, the vast majority of which are unemployed. To address this crisis, the Jordan Compact, a new partnership between the international community and Government of Jordan that provides a pathway to economic opportunity for both refugees and Jordanians, was crafted.
Turkana: a view from the drought
IRC country director for Kenya, Conor Phillips, provides his first-hand account on Medium of deteriorating conditions in Northern Kenya, as famine threatens the lives of 30 million people in East Africa and beyond.
Out of sight, exploited and alone
A joint brief on the situation for unaccompanied and separated children in Bulgaria, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia
The reality of the EU-Turkey statement: How Greece has become a testing ground for policies that erode protection for refugees
In a new report, the International Rescue Committee and two other organizations showcase how vulnerable people are forced to live in degrading conditions, and it outlines the many ways in which asylum seekers are barred from exercising their right to a fair asylum process.
Impact of war on Syrian children’s learning: testing shows gaps in literacy and math skills
Recent IRC study reveals sizeable challenges related to learning in assessed schools and point to the need for continued research and support for quality education to ensure children are in school, safe, and learning.
Cost efficiency analysis: distributing family planning materials
This analysis examines four family planning programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Liberia, and Myanmar, and considers the cost efficiency of delivering family planning services in each case.
Scale right: coordinating improved cash assistance in Greece
As organizations plan to enter a new phase of scaled response in Greece, this research report takes stock of implementation thus far, documents lessons learned throughout implementation, and considers design options for a coordinated and coherent cash approach across NGOs, including planning for eventual handover to the Greek national social welfare system.
In search of work: creating jobs for Syrian refugees
This report concludes with recommendations including an annual review and subsequent adjustments to the Jordan Compact to ensure that more sustainable job opportunities are generated and the needs of Syrian refugees and Jordanians are met.
Violence in the city: a systematic review of the drivers of violence against displaced populations
Little is known about types and drivers of violence and interventions to reduce violence among displaced and host populations in urban areas. To this end, the IRC conducted a systematic review to research the current state of knowledge regarding the drivers of violence, the contributing factors of violence or rights violations, and programming to address violence among displaced and host populations in crisis and post-crisis urban areas.