More than 80 per cent of the world's refugees is in low- or middle-income countries. For most, 'protection' means ending up in a refugee camp and survival through humanitarian aid, something that causes many to move on, not infrequently to Europe. Individual refugees' decisions regarding, for example, where to go, how to provide for themselves, and how to build a future for their children determine whether the protection offered is sufficient, but also leads to secondary relocation. Despite the important role that individual decisions play, there is very little academic research on this and the initiatives aimed at responding to the refugee situation lack focus on how refugees make decisions.

The project, which is based on risk and disaster management theories, develops a new empirical model that explains and quantifies how refugees manage risks and opportunities. The project is a collaboration between the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI), the Department of Risk Management and Social Security at Lund University, and researchers at the universities in Jordan and Lebanon, and includes two new doctoral students at RWI/Lund University. The aim of the project is to develop a model to ensure the protection of refugees in first safe countries. The model consists of nuanced and quantified indicators for detecting deficiencies in the safety net, identifying vulnerable groups, and anticipating secondary movements. The project model will be an important and much-needed tool for states and other actors in the process of fundamentally changing the planning and management of protection-based measures.
Gällande start-/slutdatum2019/08/122023/08/31

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Tvärvetenskapliga studier