Roula El-Rifai a Senior Program Specialist, Middle East Unit at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) presented an overview of the IDRC focus on Palestinian Refugees and the Middle East peace process. She mentioned the importance of policy papers versus research projects.
She stated that the key research projects are concentrated on compensation, absorption of Palestinian refugees and public opinion.
The IDRC is dealing with Palestinian refugees issue on the basis of four options in combination: integration in the host states, resettlement in third countries, return to Israel and return to a prospective Palestinian state.
She also illustrated the new IDRC book consisting of 14 chapters including topics on typology of compensation, gender aspects of migration and internally displaced people in Israel.