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Re-examining refugee protection through a lens of mobility and migration

View of Röszke makeshift refugee camp from the Hungarian side of the Serbia-Hungary border UNHCR / Zsolt Balla
View of Röszke makeshift refugee camp from the Hungarian side of the Serbia-Hungary border, 2016

Project aims

This major new project has two principal aims, the first being to re-examine refugee protection through a lens of mobility and migration, and secondly, to bring scholarship on refugee law into conversation with the practices of the refugee regime, in particular to subject the latter to legal scrutiny. It will re-examine three key aspects of refugee law – access to protection, refugee status determination (RSD), and refugee rights – and bring them into conversation with the refugee regime’s norms and practices on responsibility-sharing and solutions.

Crucially, the project takes a long and broad view of the refugee regime, in order to open up new possibilities and trajectories. It also brings critical new insights into the regime, by undertaking a legal assessment of the role of non-state actors. In particular, it will provide an important and timely legal assessment of the role of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). It examines EU law and practice, as an actor in the global refugee regime, engaging not only with asylum-seekers and refugees on its territory, but via cooperation with transit and host states.

Read the ERC Press release on the project.

Fieldwork countries

We will undertake interviews to examine law and practice relating to the refugee regime. The countries under study are:

  • Turkey
  • Lebanon
  • Kenya
  • South Africa

 

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Our team

Outputs

●  Stakeholder workshops to build networks of interested scholars, practitioners & international organisation staff in Turkey, Lebanon, South Africa & Kenya and the UK

●  Our aim is to further develop a legal and institutional analysis of the International Organization of Migration (IOM) to: increase the empirical evidence base of IOM activities, trace and explain the development of the IOM’s mandate and activities, examine the IOMs legal obligations qua international organisations, analyse the role of the IOM in the UN system

●  A series of public seminars that will also be podcast to reach an international audience

●  A new series of working papers and policy briefs

●  A forthcoming special issue of Forced Migration Review on refugee status determination – published in English French, Spanish and Arabic with each issue being distributed in over 160 countries

●  We will develop new methodology to study institutional decision-making in the refugee status determination process, this will inform a book concerned with the Recognition of Refugees including comparative work on EU asylum procedures and processes in other regions

●  A book critically reviewing international refugee law

Events

Workshop - Accountability for Human Rights Violations in Migration Control: New Frontiers of Individual and Organisational Responsibility

November 2018

This workshop brings together legal scholars to examine the state of the art concerning legal accountability for human rights violations committed by states, international organisations and private actors in the context of migration control.  

Workshop – The global governance of migration - Spotlight on International Organization for Migration

February 2018

The aim is to bring together scholars with expertise on IOM, to lead to an edited collection on developments in the global governance of migration, with a particular focus on the mandate and accountability issues and reforms that are warranted as regards the role of IOM and other international organisations.