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Dear reader, you are now reading the PROTECT project's first newsletter. Eight months have passed since we launched our project. Now, we are proud to share a myriad of news pieces, blog posts, and event updates with you - starting with a status report on the progress of our research, which you can read directly below. We hope that you will continue to subscribe to our newsletter, which will be issued quarterly.
Thank you for showing interest in our research. 
Sincerely, the PROTECT Management and Coordination team


Recent news from PROTECT

Eights months in: What is the status of our research? The PROTECT researchers have been working and researching remotely during the Corona-induced lockdowns. Despite the unusual circumstances, our project consortium has progressed substantially with their research - all while exploring new digital spaces for interaction and sharing across countries and time zones. Join us for a 'status and progress' briefing of PROTECT's research.

> Read the full article 
PROTECT successfully launched in Brussels: A number of high profile representatives from the academic community, civil society organizations, and international organizations were present for our kick-off conference in Brussels on 9 March. 
Get to know our researchers: In the newly launched partner presentations series, we present PROTECT's consortium of researchers and partner universities. Learn more about our researchers and their fields of expertise by exploring our partner presentations!
See more news from PROTECT

Upcoming events

The upcoming PROTECT Expert Forum gathers several legal experts and representatives from organizations and institutions like ECRE, UNHCR, Council of Europe, and EASO to explore the EU’s asylum practices and challenges in light of the obligations and principles articulated in the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 2018 Global Compacts on Migrants and Refugees – and the potential impacts of the latter in creating a just and effective global asylum agenda.

> Read more and see the full program 

Other recent PROTECT events

PROTECT panel at the ECPR General Conference:
Three PROTECT researchers participated in this ECPR panel in August, which addressed the politics of international protection in a context marked by the tension between the rise of nativist ideologies and efforts to share the burden and responsibility of international protection at world scale.

> Explore the PROTECT panel and papers
Researching Migration & Law:
How does the law - or the absence of it - affect migrants and refugees? PROTECT's Project Leader, Hakan G. Sicakkan recently joined three migration researchers for a roundtable discussion on the matter - and shared how PROTECT will study the legal potential and impacts of the Global Compacts on Refugees.

> Read more 
> Watch the full seminar

See other upcoming and past events

Recent blog posts from PROTECT researchers

Federal Court of Canada struck down the US-Canada agreement: In this blog post, our Ryerson researchers criticize the Federal Court of Canada for not rescinding the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement immediately but rather granting Parliament six months to evaluate its performance - despite the court's conclusion that the US is not safe for asylum seekers.

> Read the full post here
> Get to know the Ryerson team
The Global Compacts and the Long Journey of the Refugee Regime

From the definition of refugees to the practical implementation of the right to asylum, refugee regimes are an issue leading to sharp political divisions or outright stand-off in a number of countries. Dario Mazzola asks: is this no-exit-road impression the truth of the matter, and what are the prospects of the Global Compacts in this not-so-rosy scenario?

> Read the full blog post 

#WorldRefugeeDay: Towards more burden-sharing?

UNHCR' 2020 Global Report concludes that global displacement has reached an all-time high. PROTECT marked the World Refugee Day on 20 June by reflecting upon the role and importance of the 1951 Refugee Convention in implementing the Global Compacts - and for the future of global refugee protection.

> Read the full blog post
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PROTECT The Right to International Protection. A Pendulum between Globalization and Nativization? is an EU-funded research project which studies the impact of the UN’s Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration on refugees’ right to international protection.

The vision of PROTECT is to discover ways of advancing the international protection system within today’s turbulent political context.

We consist of 11 partner universities in Europe, Canada, and South Africa.


Read more about our research



Visiting address: Christies gate 15, 5007 Bergen, Norway

Project management
PROTECT is led by Professor Hakan G. Sicakkan and coordinated from the University of Bergen, Norway on behalf of the Department of Comparative Politics.

Why did I receive this newsletter?

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2) signed up for/attended the PROTECT kick-off conference in Brussels on 9 March 2020
3) signed up for/attended the conference Whither European asylum policy? A pendulum between universalization and re-nationalization conference on 23 May 2018 in Brussels.
4) signed up for/attended the event Symposium: The Transformative Consequences of International Migration on 9 March 2018 in Bergen.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 870761.
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