Forced migration brings together different people from all walks of life, drawing into the equation coping abilities of such individuals. In most cases, forced migration is characterized by few job opportunities and harsh economic and social environments. It is notable that such migrants are compelled to bear life as it is presented to them, thereby innovating mechanisms that can support their new lifestyles. This paper explores the coping strategies and innovations of (and for) forced migrants living in encampment in the Tana Delta, Kenya. A phenomenological research design was employed to study forced migrants in encampment in the Tana Delta. Convenience sampling was employed in selecting the respondents. Data was collected from 39 respondents from three refugee camps using interview schedules with the assistance of two locals research assistants recruited from the local community. The findings of the study reveal that forced migrants of the Tana Delta have shown resilience by sustaining their livelihood. While in encampment, they came up with new solutions and/or new applications of existing products, technologies, services and organizational models to keep up with the realities of life in encampment.
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- Quality of Life: Coping Strategies and Innovations among Forced Migrants in Encampment in the Tana Delta in Kenya
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