Almost seventeen million people—refugees, displaced persons or migrants—live in camps, in a virtual country the size of the Netherlands. And yet the names of these places do not appear on any maps. The UNHCR (United Nations High Commission on Refugees) and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have developed ways of running them that are both efficient and absurd. This film explores the land of camps, from Kenya, to Tanzania, Jordan, and the Greece/Macedonia border, as well as at the UNHCR’s headquarters in Geneva. It reveals an immense system that combines humanitarian concerns with the management of undesirables who rich countries want to keep out, whatever the cost. 71 minutes.
Part of The Center’s BIG IDEA project This Land Is Whose Land?