Institute for Migration Studies (IMS)

Projects and Programs

Lebanon Policy and Research Network on Displacement (LPRND)

The LPRND is an initiative that encourages national dialogue and action in partnership with interested parties to address protection and social stability issues that refugees face. Housed under the UNHCR’s Global Compact for Refugees Digital Platform, and led by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB), the LPRND works to address the mounting anti-refugee rhetoric, influence the public’s views and stimulate critical thoughts that will lead to more informed decision-making processes and effective assistance for refugees. It also presents a platform for communication among researchers, policy makers and community organizations that seek to counter the negative narrative associated with the refugee crisis. Moreover, the network aims to strengthen the engagement of other local civil society actors within it.  It was set up in 2016 and has systemically engaged with well over 30 actors on displacement issues and the wider public.

The network, as a convener, provides a national platform for members, such as the Institute for Migration Studies (IMS) at LAU, to exchange useful information as well as clear and accurate facts on the social and economic effects of refugees which strengthens their capacity and feeds into their advocacy initiatives. As member of this network as of 2021, the IMS aims to collaborate bilaterally on joint projects of common interest that are related to displacement. Additionally, the network members identify priority issues facing refugees and host communities in Lebanon based on consultations with stakeholders and existing assessment and surveys, in order to influence policy making and carry out joint advocacy for refugees. This project, particularly the secretariat, is supported by UNHCR Lebanon since 2016, both financially and technically.

Projects

The Impact of Gender Identity on Access to Healthcare Services for Refugees in Lebanon’s Northern Regions

In partnership with the Center for Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health at the City University of New York

While there is progress in improving refugee healthcare in Lebanon, largely through the support of international humanitarian actors and the efforts of national health authorities, the healthcare system as it currently stands is increasingly discriminatory and complex. LGBTQI+ refugees and women in Lebanon continue to be at risk of being subjected to violence, abuse, and marginalization – sometimes at the hands of people from within their own communities. For those at a particularly vulnerable intersection (trans women refugees for instance), the perils are often magnified. The multiple, ongoing crises have dramatically impacted local humanitarian programming as well as the ability to expand outreach to meet intersectional needs. The profound lack of transparency from the Lebanese government, coupled with donor fatigue on refugee issues, has made it increasingly difficult for organizations to demonstrate impact and garner support for funding, particularly for vulnerable groups within the community. These realities have pushed women and LGBTIQ+ refugees further down the list of communities who receive targeted healthcare and tailored support. The research aims to answer the question: How has gender identity impacted access to healthcare services in Tripoli and Akkar since 2019 for the registered refugee community?