GRP Research

Global refugee policy has emerged as a new focus of research in recent years. Below are some examples of research that examines the topic in general terms, followed by links to pages for research on specific examples of global refugee policy.

This site remains a work in progress, so we are happy to receive suggestions for other research that can be posted on these pages.

Please also visit the Collaboration Forum to post comments about your own research on global refugee policy and your interest in sharing these results and collaborating with others.


Research on global refugee policy

Barutciski, Michael. “Observations on EXCOM’s 60th Session (2009): Does UNHCR Need (More) EXCOM Conclusions?” Refuge: Canada’s Periodical on Refugees 27.2 (2010): 133-41.

Bauman, Emily and Sarah Deardorff Miller. “Comprehensive literature review of Global Public Policy: Creating a framework for understanding Global Refugee Policy.” Working Paper no. 87, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, 2012.

Betts, Alexander, and Gil Loescher. “Introduction: Continuity and Change in Global Refugee Policy.” Refugee Survey Quarterly 33.1 (2014).

Clark, Tom, and James C. Simeon. “UNHCR International Protection Policies 2000–2013: from cross-road to Gaps and Responses.” Refugee Survey Quarterly 33.3 (2014): 1-33.

Deschamp, Bryan, and Rebecca Dowd. “Review of the use of UNHCR Executive Committee Conclusions on International Protection.” UNHCR Policy Development and Evaluation Service. PDES/2008/3 (2008).

Fresia, Marion. “Building Consensus within UNHCR’s Executive Committee: Global Refugee Norms in the Making.” Journal of Refugee Studies 27.4 (2014).

Gammeltoft-Hansen, Thomas. “International Refugee Law and Refugee Policy: The Case of Deterrence Policies.” Journal of Refugee Studies 27.4 (2014).

Landau, Loren and Roni Amit. “Wither Policy? Southern African Perspectives on Understanding Law, ‘Refugee’ Policy, and Protection.” Journal of Refugee Studies 27.4 (2014).

Miller, Sarah Deardorff. “Lessons from the Global Public Policy Literature for the Study of Global Refugee Policy.” Journal of Refugee Studies 27.4 (2014).

Milner, James. “Introduction: Understanding global refugee policy.” Journal of Refugee Studies 27.4 (2014).


Research on age, gender and diversity (including policies relating to refugee women and children)

Research on climate-related displacement

Research on durable solutions

Research on education

Research on health (including policies relating to SGBV)

Research on protracted refugee situations

Research on security

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