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Vulnerabilities under the Global Protection Regime: how does the law assess, address, shape, and produce the vulnerabilities of protection seekers?

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 870845

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 February 2020

  • End date

    31 January 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.6.1.3.

H2020-EU.3.6.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 194 775

  • EU contribution

    € 3 030 932,50

Coordinated by:

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

Objective

‘Vulnerability’ is increasingly used as a conceptual tool to guide the design and implementation of the global protection regime, as illustrated by the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the subsequent adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and of the final draft of the Global Compact on Refugees. However, ‘vulnerability’ lacks a sharp conceptualisation and still needs to be accompanied by a thorough understanding of its concrete meanings, practical consequences and legal implications. This research project aims to address these uncertainties from a critical and comparative perspective, with a focus on forced migration. It will provide a comprehensive analysis of how the ‘protection regimes’ of select countries address the vulnerabilities of ‘protection seekers’. The select countries are in Europe (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Norway), North America (Canada), the Middle East (Lebanon) and Africa (Uganda and South Africa). The analysis adopts two different yet complementary perspectives. First, the way the ‘vulnerabilities’ of the protection seekers are being assessed and addressed by the relevant norms and in the practices of the decision makers will be systematically documented and analysed through a combination of legal and empirical data. Second, the various forms and nature of the concrete experiences of ‘vulnerability’ as they are lived by the protection seekers, including the resilience strategies and how they are being continuously shaped in interactions with the legal frameworks, will be documented and analysed through empirical data collected during fieldwork research. Ultimately, the very notion of ‘vulnerability’ will be questioned and assessed from a critical perspective. An alternative concept, such as ‘precarity’, may be suggested to better reflect the concrete experiences of the protection seekers.

Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Address

Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 036 292,50

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 395 200

MARTIN-LUTHER-UNIVERSITAET HALLE-WITTENBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 400 000

UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 399 923,75

INSTITUTT FOR SAMFUNNSFORSKNING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 400 753,75

UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

Canada

ROYAL INSTITUTION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING MCGILL UNIVERSITY

Canada

YORK UNIVERSITY

Canada

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER IN LEBANON

Lebanon

EU Contribution

€ 398 762,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 870845

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 February 2020

  • End date

    31 January 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.6.1.3.

H2020-EU.3.6.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 194 775

  • EU contribution

    € 3 030 932,50

Coordinated by:

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany