Our Forced Migration Unit undertakes research, teaching, consultation and engagement activities, focusing on international protection and state responses to forced migration.
The Forced Migration Unit conducts interdisciplinary research, adopting a human rights approach to contemporary migration issues. The Unit works with academics, governments, practitioners and civil society to understand forced migration and propose solutions that promote and protect the human rights of forced migrants.
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The unit is led by Dr Natalie Hodgson, Assistant Professor in the School of Law, who researches state responses to asylum seekers and border harms.
This project examines state responses to asylum seekers under international criminal law and explores how civil society organisations use international criminal law to challenge states’ immigration policies.
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This project, led by Dr Natalie Hodgson, examines the legality of offshore detention under international law and explores how civil society oppose, challenge, and resist policies of offshore processing.
The Refugee Clinic was established in February 2020 and works in collaboration with Across Borders and Saint Andrews Refugee Services (StARS). The Clinic works remotely with legal advisors from StARS' Refugee Legal Aid Program on Refugee Status Determination applications.
For Refugee Week in 2022, the Forced Migration Unit worked with the Institute for Policy and Engagement and to create a range of resources. Through these resources, we hope to educate people about current policy issues and debates relating to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
As one of the six research units within the HRLC, you can find all our unit publications, news and events on the publications, news and events pages.
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