We are pleased to announce that SIID Director Prof. Jean Grugel has been awarded funding from the WUN Research Development Fund to undertake a new project on migration and social protection.  The project is lead by Professor Nicola Piper of the University of Sydney, and will be run in partnership with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD, Leeds University, University of Alberta and City University of Hong Kong.

“Addressing Multiple Forms of Migrant Precarity – Beyond “Management” of Migration to an Integrated Rights-Based Approach”

Over the next 12 months, this project will investigate the linkages between migration and social protection from a rights-based perspective, to address what is at the centre of the precarious situation of many migrants: their lack of labour and social rights. The research will focus on intra-regional migration in four regions (Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America) and on three key groups of migrants: unaccompanied children; refugees; and labour migrants.

The rationale for this research is that migration governance continues to fail in several key areas such as labour rights, employment opportunities and social protection. The combined expertise by the four universities involved will produce a cross-regional and inter-group comparative analysis that has never been carried out before.

To find out more about Jean Grugel’s research, please visit her staff profile.