Migration is not an exception, but the norm – for centuries, people have moved within and across borders. However, international efforts to govern (forced) migration remain weak because they fail to balance the quandary of individual legal protection, economic opportunities, and realpolitik rooted in domestic pressures. Broad statements of good intent to make migration safe, orderly, and regular contrast sharply with the grim realities of people on the move. GPPi seeks to support the quest for better policies on (forced) migration – policies which provide protection to people on the move and also reflect a sober analysis of the multiple interests involved – by contributing evidence from applied research.

Policy brief

A Pathway Toward More Resettlement and Humanitarian Admission

The number of available places for resettling refugees has taken an unprecedented hit. However, there are realistic scenarios for building momentum to counter that trend and revive resettlement and humanitarian admission within the next three years. 

Project report

UNHCR’s Engagement in Humanitarian-Development Cooperation: Final Report

How does UNHCR cooperate with its development partners? And how does their partnership affect refugees? This report offers findings from a three-year evaluation with the International Security and Development Center.

Book chapter

At the Crossroads: The 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention Today

An evolutionary interpretation of the Geneva Refugee Convention has limits that are rooted in the text. As a result, some of the most important challenges facing refugee law today will not be solved within’ the Convention.


New EU Asylum Rules: Even the Bare Minimum Will Require Radical Politics

There is no denying that the EU’s new pact” on migration and asylum is a watered-down compromise that does nothing to advance the European Union’s desire for freedom, security and justice. But in the current political climate, we need to also think about a bare minimum that could make reform worth the effort, and the political action needed for it to pass.

ASILE: Global Asylum Governance and the EU’s Role

The Global Compact on Refugees is intended to strengthen responsibility sharing between governments, organizations and other actors relevant to addressing the plight of displaced people. In this research project, we analyze the role of the European Union in this model on refugee protection. 

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Angeliki Dimitriadi

Research Fellow

Julian Lehmann

Project Manager

Julia Steets


Fabrice Langrognet

Non-Resident Fellow

Claudia Meier

Non-Resident Fellow

Funding & Contact

For our work on (forced) migration we have received research grants and project funding from the European Commission, Mercator Foundation, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and the Villigst Foundation. Clients of our advisory work include the European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO), the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

For more information, please contact Julian Lehmann.