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This theme examines forced migration from the perspective of affected people. Our participatory research aims to improve response to humanitarian crises and protracted refugee situations by increasing understanding of the lived experiences of refugees and refugee communities.

People fleeing to Tunisia from Libya to escape violence © UNHCR / A Duclos
People fleeing to Tunisia from Libya to escape violence

This research theme explores the following questions:

  • What are the different experiences of forced migration?
  • How do individuals, groups and communities respond and adapt to the challenges posed by displacement?
  • How do forced migrants participate in shaping norms and influencing policies?
  • In what ways do forced migrants exercise agency and how is this agency best conceptualised?

Past projects

Read about our previous projects.

Policy & Impact

View a selection of case studies demonstrating the impact of our research