Beyond Territorial Asylum: Making Protection Work in a Bordered World
With asylum systems under immense pressure and public trust eroded by the increasing numbers of spontaneous arrivals in Europe, North America, and beyond, territorial asylum is under threat around the globe. Many of those forced to flee remain in extremely vulnerable situations worldwide, facing scant prospects for resettlement or other durable solutions. These realities have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought humanitarian operations to a standstill, limited already strained asylum and resettlement infrastructure, and further eroded the decades-old norms underpinning a protection system forged in the aftermath of World War II.
MPI and the Robert Bosch Stiftung have launched this three-year initiative, begun in April 2021, to address these challenges and to seize the opportunity to explore new ways to facilitate access to protection that better support equity and result in more flexible, sustainable infrastructure. Through research, consultations, and convenings, the initiative will advance creative, effective alternative approaches to providing access to protection that can be adapted to particular contexts around the globe. In the process, the initiative aims to preserve protection norms by shoring up public trust and political confidence in the asylum and refugee resettlement systems.
An Advisory Group, comprised of leading protection advocates, policymakers, migration researchers and academics, and civil society from regions around the world, will be engaged in the initiative's work. (For a list of Advisory Group members, click here.)
Research published under the auspices of the Beyond Territorial Asylum: Making Protection Work in a Bordered World initiative will be collected here.
Read a joint Bosch Stiftung-MPI commentary, The Refugee Convention at 70: What Does the Future Hold in an Increasingly Bordered World?, to learn more about how the 1951 Refugee Convention can be reinvigorated, and new approaches simultaneously developed, to make humanitarian protection work in the 21st century.