Study shows refugees’ & immigrants’ resilience in disasters

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Peru: Natural disasters affected over 376,000 people

Natural disasters —currently hitting various Peruvian regions— have so far affected 376,562 citizens nationwide, Peru’s National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) reported.  As is known, the Inca nation has been at the mercy of heavy rains, landslides and floods over recent weeks.

According to COEN’s latest damage assessment report —plus information provided by the National Civil Defense Institute (Indeci)— there are 46,384 citizens harmed, 81,263 damaged properties, 5,541 uninhabitable homes…

Study shows refugees’ & immigrants’ resilience in disasters

Many immigrants and refugees were resilient to the Canterbury Earthquakes due to their previous experiences of disasters and war in their homelands, according to research from the University of Auckland.

Sociology academics from the Faculty of Arts – Doctoral Candidate Shinya Uekusa and Associate Professor Steve Matthewman – interviewed refugees and immigrants caught up in the Canterbury Earthquakes in 2010-2011, and also the 2011 Tohoku, Japan, 9.1 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that killed nearly 16,000 people.

The study, Vulnerable and Resilient? Immigrants and Refugees in the 2010-2011 Canterbury and Tohoku Disasters, has been published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

The study involved 28 in-depth interviews with…

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