Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights (REF-MIG)
- +44(0) 1865 271903
Funded by the European Research Council
Active January 2018 – December 2022
Re-examining refugee protection through a lens of mobility and migration
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 will re-examine three key aspects of the refugee regime – access to protection, refugee recognition, 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 states that have not ratified the Refugee Convention, as well as a strong focus on non-state actors, including UNHCR’s role in refugee recognition, protection and containment. The Recognising Refugees strand will focus on the diverse modes of recognition in Kenya, Lebanon, South Africa and Turkey. The project also examines the role of international organisations in the global refugee and migration regimes, with a particular focus on the role of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Read the ERC Press release on the project.
We will undertake interviews to examine law and practice relating to the refugee regime. The countries under study are:
- South Africa