Migration management and humanitarian protection

the UNHCR's 'resettlement expansionism' and its impact on policy-making in the EU and Australia

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Since the late 1990s, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been a key actor in the resurgence of refugee resettlement in global debates on asylum and refugee policies. This article investigates the dynamics of the international organisation's 'resettlement expansionism' within the UNHCR as well as its impact on policy-making. Firstly, it analyses how the UNHCR has increased its expertise production and dissemination as well as its operational focus on resettlement. Secondly, it assesses the policy-making impact of the UNCR's 'resettlement expansionism' in two distinct contexts: the elaboration of the EU's new joint resettlement scheme and the recent increase of resettlement places by 40% in Australia, a traditional country of resettlement. Lastly, it discusses potential implications of this research in regards to the evolution of the global refugee regime and, more conceptually, to the study of knowledge production and expertise in migration and refugee policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)942-959
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Australia
  • European Union
  • Migration Policy
  • Refugee Resettlement

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