Vulnerabilities Under the Global Protection Regime

How Does the Law Assess, Address, Shape and Produce the Vulnerabilities of the Protection Seekers?
Legal and policy instruments at the global and European level increasingly emphasize the need to address the specific needs of vulnerable migrants. But what does it mean to be vulnerable? The aim of the VULNER project is to investigate this question through field studies in selected refugee settlements in Europe (Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Norway), Africa (Uganda and South Africa), the Middle East (Lebanon), and North America (Canada). [...]

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Expert Hearing

August 31, 2021
Helene Heuser, VULNER Senior Researcher of the German team, was invited to the expert hearing at the German Parliament of Thuringia on the topic of municipal humanitarian admission programs for vulnerable refugees from Greek hotspots...

Conference Participation

July 15, 2021
Luc Leboeuf, VULNER scientific coordinator, attended the 2021 Annual IMISCOE Conference as part of the panel “Complementary pathways for refugee protection in the EU: Current state of affairs and the way forward” convened by Zvezda Vankova and Albert Kraler. …

Book Publication

July 14, 2021
VULNER’s team in Germany, Helene Heuser, Jakob Junghans and Winfried Kluth, recently published The Protection of Vulnerable Persons in Refugee and Migration Law,” (Der Schutz vulnerabler Personen im Flucht-und Migrationsrecht) mapping out the vulnerability assessment mechanisms in Germany. …

World Refugee Day Blog Series

According to the UN Refugee Agency, there were 26.4 million refugees worldwide in 2020. Further reflection is needed to ensure that on the international, EU and national levels we continue to improve the protections in place for these individuals. In honor of World Refugee Day, Erlend Paasche, VULNER member at the Insitute for Social Research, along with researchers from our sister projects PROTECT and Asile, came together to reflect upon the state of international protection in 2021...

World Refugee Day Blog Series

According to the UN Refugee Agency, there were 26.4 million refugees worldwide in 2020. Further reflection is needed to ensure that on the international, EU and national levels we continue to improve the protections in place for these individuals. In honor of World Refugee Day, Chaden El Daif, VULNER member at the Centre for Lebanese Studies, along with researchers from our sister projects PROTECT and Asile, came together to reflect upon the state of international protection in 2021.

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