PROTECT: The Right to International Protection. A Pendulum between Globalization and Nativization?

Timeframe: 02/01/2020 - 02/01/2023

Coordinator: University of Bergen, Department of Comparative Politics. Principal investigator is Professor Hakan G. Sicakkan on behalf of the Department of Comparative Politics, UiB. The Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK) at UiB will also be involved.

Partner institutions: Queen Mary University of London (UK), Justus Liebig Universität Giessen (Germany), Universiteit Ghent (Belgium), University of Surrey (UK), Universita degli Studi di Catania (Italy), Ryerson University (Canada), Univerza V Ljubljani (Slovenia), Lunds universitet (Sweden), University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg (South Africa), Universität Stuttgart (Germany).

PROTECT is an international project which will be conducted by international consortium of 11 universities in Europe, Canada and South Africa. It will study the impacts of the United Nations’ two new global compacts on migration and refugees on the functioning of the international refugee protection system. This investigation will be done from the perspectives of political theory, legal theory, cleavage theory, public sphere theory, multilevel global governance, and ethnography.

As part of its empirical work, PROTECT aims to identify the changes in the notion of refugee protection due to the introduction of the United Nations’ “Global Refugee Compact” and “Global Migration Compact”. Conceptually, PROTECT endeavors to develop a notion of refugee protection that is sensitive to the current political realities. Theoretically, it aspires to develop a theory explaining why a notion of refugee and refugee protection governance, and not other competing notions, wins the race at the global level.

The project is funded by the European Commission under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework programme (Call H2020-SC6-MIGRATION-2018-2020, Topic MIGRATION-07-2019) with almost EUR 3.3 millions.

For more information about the project check UiB website.

Recent events:

18 August 2020 Researching migration & law