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.

Winter School on Environmental Migration and International Legal Frameworks

This five-day Winter School offers up to 25 participants from academia, government and civil society a firm understanding of the crisis of Environmental Migration amid evolving and inadequate international legal frameworks. Focusing on countries with protracted environmental disasters, the School will address how environmental migrants often fall through the cracks of international migration policy, and how there is considerable resistance to the idea of expanding definitions to incorporate this category of migrants.

The School is a distance-education project by the Institute for Migration Studies (IMS) at LAU, and the Institute of Law, Politics and Development at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies’ DREAM (Data, Research and Analysis on Migration) Area of Research, drawing collaboratively on their respective fields of expertise. The program encompasses both introductory and specialized sessions, and promotes interaction between participants and Guest Lecturers, who are leading experts from both academia and the humanitarian sector. The School runs entirely online in English and is free for the selected participants.

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Summer School on Internal Displacement in the Middle East

This five-day Summer School offers up to 40 participants from academia, government and civil society in the Middle East a firm understanding of the crisis of internal displacement in the region. Focusing on countries with protracted internal displacement dynamics, the School addresses the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Middle East, the challenges that this issue presents, key elements of the humanitarian and development response and the legal and policy frameworks, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on IDPs.

The School is a distance-education project by the Institute for Migration Studies (IMS) at LAU, the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) at University of London and the Middle East Research Network on Internal Displacement (MERNID), drawing collaboratively on their respective fields of expertise. The program encompasses both introductory and specialized sessions, and promotes interaction between participants and Guest Lecturers, who are leading experts from both academia and the humanitarian sector. The School runs entirely online in English and is free for the selected participants.

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