Environmental degradation is causing millions of people to flee their environment. 'Environmental refugees' do not fit within the current international refugee definition. The research objective is to set forth solutions for the recognition and protection of environmental refugees, by an adaptation of existing mechanisms or the elaboration of a new protection regime, from the perspective of the European Union as a 'host' region for ...
The International Protection and Rights of 'Environmental Refugees' Ghent University
Environmental refugees are increasingly becoming a problem for the international community. Being forced to leave the homeland by external environmental factors, they currently have no legal right to protection, contrary to 'political' refugees. The research focuses firstly on an ecological migration typology ('refugee' versus 'migrant' versus 'displaced person'). Then it will be examined which current or future legal instruments can offer ...
This project aims at combining a prosopographic approach with postmemory method, applied to Birmingham as case-study, in order to attain deeper knowledge of the profile and the life trajectories of Belgian Refugees during the First World War. Both methods, as developed and applied in the project, will be analysed on their potential for future research in the history of education.
Remembering trauma in between disclosure and silencing: A multiple case study with Kurdish refugee families in Belgium KU Leuven
Research on the psychosocial sequelae of collective violence and forced displacement increasingly investigates the potentially harmful impact of these disruptive life experiences on relational dynamics within refugee families. Meanwhile, studies explore how intra-family processes may constitute protective sources in reversing the adverse impact of traumatization and reconstructing life in exile. In this regard, trauma communication has been ...
Belonging and the ethics of care: refugee aid and guardianships of unaccompanied refugee minors in Belgium and the Netherlands. Ghent University
With the use of qualitative research methods, this project seeks to provide an empirical description and ethical analysis of care relations in the context of (1) local volunteer groups who support refugees in towns and cities and (2) guardianships/foster parentships for refugees who have migrated as unaccompanied minors in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Safe with the neighbours? Refugee protection and EU external migration policy in Turkey and Morocco Ghent University
The European Union increasingly looks to outsource its international responsibility to protect refugees to third countries. Its policy space is limited, however, by international refugee and human rights law. This project assesses legal and actual refugee protection in Turkey and Morocco, in order to formulate recommendations for national protection frameworks and EU external migration policy, in line with international law.
Evaluating and re-evaluating the developing Common European Asylum System against the backdrop of international refugee law and international human rights standards Ghent University
A key challenge to the EU stems from the progressive rise of migration/refugee flows in the Mediterranean. To manage this, from the 1990s on attempts have been made to develop a common European policy. The research will outline the evolution of the EU asylum policy and assess the various attempts to develop a Common European Asylum System and its compliance with human rights standards, inter alia the Geneva Refugee Convention and the ECHR. ...
Assessment of conditional preferences and decision making in utilization of SRH services among SGBV survivors in Dadaab refugee camp: Developing predictive models using game theory Ghent University
Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a major public health problem in refugee camps for which adequate health services should be available. However, determinants that influence survivorsU+2019 health care seeking behavior are poorly understood. The purpose of this study is to develop, based on game theory, predictive models that explain and predict health care seeking behavior of SGBV survivors.