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

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Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya, July 2019

Project aims

This 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 has two main strands.  The first, Recognising Refugees examines practices of refugee recognition globally, with a particular focus on the role of UNHCR.  The Organisations of Protection strand examines the changing international organisations at work in the global refugee and migration regimes, with a particular focus on IOM.


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Our team

  • Cathryn Costello
    Cathryn Costello

    Andrew W Mellon Professor of International Refugee and Migration Law / Professor of Fundamental Rights and Co-Director, Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School, Berlin

  • Derya Ozkul
    Derya Ozkul

    Senior Research Fellow

  • Bryony Varnam
    Bryony Varnam

    Project Administrator, Refugees are Migrants

Selected outputs

●  A series of working papers, country profiles and policy briefs

●  A special issue of Forced Migration Review entitled Recognising Refugees

●  A special issue of the German Law Journal edited by Cathryn Costello & Itamar Mann: Border Justice: Migration and Accountability for Human Rights Violations (2020)

●  An edited collection, edited by Cathryn Costello, Megan Bradley and Angela Sherwood: IOM Unbound: Obligations and Accountability of the International Organisation for Migration in an Era of Expansion (Cambridge University Press, 2022, forthcoming)


November 2018

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

February 2019

Workshop – The Global Governance of Migration - Spotlight on International Organization for Migration

December 2019

Workshop – Recognising Refugees

November 2020

Authors' workshop – Spotlight on the IOM: Obligations, Accountability and Ethos

January 2021

Authors' workshop – RefMig country reports

February 2021

Conference – Politics of the Migrant/Refugee Binary