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Addressing the specific challenges of transit migration for local organisations

The influx of migrants and refugees passing through Croatia between September 2015 and April 2016 and the speed of transit meant that refugee and migrants’ basic humanitarian needs, as determined by humanitarian actors, were only partially met. Established ways of ensuring rights, protection and offering aid had to be adapted to the transit situation. The Croatian experience reveals the challenges of ensuring efficient targeting of aid resources, and of fulfilling the rights and needs of migrants and refugees over a short time period. Conflicts emerged between objectives that prioritise security in transit and those that focus on rightsbased humanitarian relief and protection. The cooperation between local agencies in response to this crisis showed the potential for future collaboration between local and international humanitarian and nongovernmental organisations.

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Urban areas are increasingly the sites of humanitarian crises, from natural disasters to conflict and displacement. Through a programme of research, documenting and learning from experience and development of tools and approaches, IIED is working to build the knowledge and capacity to respond of humanitarian actors working in urban areas, and of urban actors facing humanitarian crises.

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Urban Crises Learning Fund