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Leading by Example

This paper by Robert Currie, Fen Hampson and Allan Rock examines the precedent-setting nature of Canada’s new legislation on foreign-owned asset forfeiture and some of the legal issues raised following the adoption of this new legislation. It also discusses policy and legislative initiatives underway in other countries following upon Canada’s ground-breaking legislation and how the current global context is shaping these initiatives, specifically Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Impulsores institucionales y políticos de la migración centroamericana 

When Central American migrants are asked why they decided to leave their countries, they give a variety of responses; they’re seeking better economic opportunities, family reunification, protection from extortion and criminal violence, hope for a better future for their children. Often it is a combination of factors that drive migration, and the drivers of migration are themselves linked.

Impulsores económicos y ambientales de la migración centroamericana

Most Central American migrants cite economic conditions as a reason for their decision to leave their countries. For some it is the only reason: they migrate because they can no longer survive where they are. For some, their loss of livelihoods is due to environmental pressures such as drought, hurricanes or the long-term effects of climate change. For others, their decisions to migrate are the result of both economic desperation and personal insecurity due to criminal violence. For almost all of them, poverty and loss of hope that conditions will improve are factors in their decisions to move.

Reintegración y retorno forzado en el norte de Centro América

Documento de investigación — Organización Internacional para las Migraciones Grupo de Trabajo de Centro y Norteamérica sobre Migración Author Organización Internacional para las Migraciones

Event Report: Pathways for Protection

Watch the full event and read about the panelists on our Pathways for Protection: Sponsorship Initiatives for Refugees event page. More than 20 million people in

Cooperación y corresponsabilidad regionales

This report from the North and Central American Task Force on Migration outlines concrete recommendations for a comprehensive regional approach and governance architecture to address migration. The issues are simply too complex to be dealt with by any one country acting along.

Cooperación y corresponsabilidad regionales

El fortalecimiento de los mecanismos regionales de corresponsabilidad en Centroamérica para las personas migrantes y refugiadas no solo ofrece una nueva perspectiva para responder a la migración en la región, sino que también contribuirá a mejorar la distribución de responsabilidades a nivel mundial, tal como lo piden el Pacto Mundial sobre Refugiados y el Pacto Mundial para una Migración Segura, Ordenada y Regular.

Moving beyond Humanitarian Assistance: Supporting Jordan as a Refugee-hosting Country

This study, conducted by three economists in the region — Belal Fallah, Rasha Istaiteyeh and Yusuf Mansur — analyzes the impact of Syrian refugees on Jordan’s economy and suggests ways that the international community can receive more international support. The issue of global responsibility-sharing for refugees was a major theme of the World Refugee Council’s (WRC) A Call to Action report in 2019.

Thinking Long-term about Syrian Refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey

This summary repor the WRMC commissioned research in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to assess alternative solutions for Syrian refugees in the medium to long-term and the three governments hosting the largest numbers of Syrian refugees. The central research questions for the study were:

Reporte interino y recomendaciones — Protección humanitaria en la región: un estado de emergencia

This report from the North and Central American Task Force on Migration highlights the urgency for comprehensive and coordinated regional responses to address the humanitarian protection needs in Central America and Mexico. It outlines recommendations for concrete actions that can be taken immediately, even as efforts continue in the region to address the deeper and systemic causes of migration.

Event Report: Building Political Will in the Americas

Read the report of our panel discussion with three leaders — Madeleine Albright in the United States, Lloyd Axworthy in Canada and Mayu Brizuela de Ávila in El Salvador — on the domestic and regional actions and policies as well as the international peace and security diplomacy needed to build political will and transform governance to reset the response to forced displacement. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof moderated the event co-hosted by the Aspen Ministers Forum.

The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Syrian Refugees in Jordan

The impact of “Coronomics” could signify the largest reversal in human development on record. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had devastating influence on the world’s most vulnerable population — refugees and displaced persons.

Crisis in Lebanon — Event Report

On August 4, 2020 a large amount of ammonium nitrate exploded in the port of Beirut, Lebanon. The blast injured more than 6,500 individuals and

COVID-19 and the Displaced

This literature review examines how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the displaced population, both from a health perspective and the wider socio-economic aspect.

Holding Kleptocrats to Account

Holding Kleptocrats to Account — Event Report

This event report summarizes our August 2020 conversation with champions of innovative solutions to combat grand corruption and assist those who have been forcibly displaced as a result.

The Global Refugee Regime and UN System-wide Reforms — Research Paper No. 16

This paper considers how responsibility for ensuring refugee protection and access to solutions can be shared more reliably across the United Nations’ system, by examining entry points beyond traditional humanitarian actors (including peace and security actors in the United Nations), as well as the role states can play in supporting a broader response from the UN system.

Refugee Voices — Research Paper No. 8

Numerous refugees themselves believe that having their voices heard is an indispensable basic need, but although refugee voices are often given lip service, they are rarely taken seriously.

Mobilizing Political Will for Refugee Protection and Solutions: A Framework for Analysis and Action — Research Paper No. 1

Many commentators have suggested that the displacement of people across international borders is caused by a lack of “political will,” and that refugee situations could be averted, mitigated or resolved if only such will existed. However, there has been little serious analysis as to what “political will” means and how to generate and sustain it in a refugee context.

World Refugee & Migration Council Research

The bold recommendations of the World Refugee & Migration Council’s (formerly called the World Refugee Council) Call to Action: Transforming the Global Refugee System report are grounded in peer-reviewed research papers and reports on issues impacting displaced people and migrants. 

New research to support the Council’s projects for implementing many of its innovative proposed actions focuses on:

  • Holding governments and kleptocrats accountable for displacement
  • Gender — with a particular focus on refugee women and girls 
  • Climate change and migration, and
  • Host communities — both the impact of protracted displacement and innovative ways of supporting host governments

The research agenda will continue to evolve as the Council engages in other issues, such as the impact of COVID-19 on Syrian refugees. Researchers interested in submitting their work for possible publication are encourage to contact us at: research@wrmcouncil.org