Refugee resettlement and humanitarian governance

the need for a critical research agenda

Adele Garnier, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Liliana Lyra Jubilut

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This blog post suggests understanding refugee resettlement as an instrument of humanitarian governance from the selection of refugees to their long-term integration. It presents a five-point research agenda aiming to investigate resettlement’s power dynamics in multiscalar perspective, with a focus on: political economy; the UNHCR’s competing goals; and the role of discretion, persuasion and coercion in resettlement’s discourse and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationNorwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies blog
PublisherNorwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • refugee resettlement
  • power
  • humanitarian governance

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