Our work in this area examines issues such as the legal framework surrounding environmental displacement as well as the prospects for enhanced international cooperation to address current humanitarian emergencies.

With the number of people displaced globally at a record high, the refugee and migration issue has become deeply divisive, both within and between states. What are the prospects for improving international cooperation to address these humanitarian crises more effectively and with regard for the rights of refugees?

Chatham House and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) have set up a Forum on Refugee and Migration Policy to facilitate dialogue between an increasingly diverse group of actors influencing refugee and migration policy globally. The forum will develop a network that can seed new collaborations, enhance coordination and cooperation between different communities and act as a ‘repository of knowledge’ and good practice. The initiative will also publish a number of policy briefs setting out practical recommendations for improved responses at the global, regional and local level. The first of these briefs (published by ODI) explores public attitudes towards refugees and migrants.

The International Law Programme at Chatham House also conducts research on the challenges for international law in responding to the contemporary landscape of displacement, including the situation of refugees and those displaced as a consequence of climate change.

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