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Researching Internal Displacement – State of the Art and an Agenda for the Future

In March 2007, the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, together with Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration, convened a conference in Cairo, Egypt, to assess the state of current research in the field of internal displacement. Representatives from research institutions from around the world shared information on their current research work and then identified both research gaps and methodological problems in the study of IDPs. The meeting then discussed strategies to respond to the identified shortcomings, including building institutional partnerships, considering alternative funding opportunities, and identifying priority areas for future research.

Meeting Documents:

  • Summary Report
  • Directory of Forced Migration Research Centers

Agenda

Researching Internal Displacement - State of the Art and an Agenda for the Future

As internal displacement has become recognized on the global level, the research field behind it has expanded to include new types of displacement (conflict-induced, natural disaster induced, trafficking in persons, development-induced displacement, and others). To discuss emerging research trends and to shape an agenda, the Project co-hosted a two day meeting in Cairo with experts from around the world.

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