Refugees and Migrants - Resources

For more information or further reading on refugees and migrants, please review the information provided at the websites listed below.


Alliance of Leading Universities on Migration (ALUM)
ALUM is a unique collaboration among leading universities in Europe and frontier refugee recipient countries in North Africa and the Middle East, which aims to help bridge the gap between research and policy in the management of the ongoing migrant and refugee crisis.

Human Rights Watch: Refugees and Migrants
Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries. This generates extensive coverage in local and international media and leads to meetings with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.

Institute of International Education (IIE): Scholar Rescue Fund
Around the world, scholars have long suffered harassment, detention, torture, and other forms of persecution as a result of their work. In the worst cases, scholars pay with their lives for their dedication to their academic work and freedom of thought. In 2002, IIE launched the Scholar Rescue Fund to formalize its commitment to preserving the lives, voices, and ideas of scholars around the globe. IIE-SRF selects outstanding professors, researchers, and public intellectuals for fellowship support and arranges visiting academic positions with partnering institutions of higher learning and research; Rutgers is a proud partner of the Scholar Rescue Fund.

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Created in 1933 at the request of famed physicist Albert Einstein, the IRC has helped people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and regain control of their future. The IRC operates thanks to donations, volunteer workers, corporate partners, and grants.

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
ODI is a leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. The institute's research and policy engagement challenges established thinking on how to manage global migration and protect people affected by displacement.

United Nations: Compact for Migration
In September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly developed and adopted a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.

United Nations: Refugees and Migrants Overview
This site provides recent news, reports, and facts and figures related to refugees and migrants.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Migration and Displacement
UNDP works with partners to advance the development dimensions of migration and displacement.

United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR): Frequently Asked Questions
Are the terms "refugee" and "migrant" interchangeable? How are refugees protected under international law? Does the 1951 Convention need to be revisited? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

University Alliance on Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM)
UARRM is a group of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers seeking to harness the potential of university communities for the empowerment and protection of refugees and at-risk migrants in the United States.

University of California–Davis (UC Davis): Article 26 Backpack™
This trademarked organization housed at UC Davis—and partnered with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the American University in Beirut—is a universal human rights tool that empowers academic and employment mobility. The project is poised to revolutionize the way refugees and those whose education has been disrupted by war, natural disaster, or economic collapse shape, store and share elements of their professional and educational identity.

World Health Organization: Refugee and Migrant Health
Ratified international human rights standards and conventions exist to protect the rights of migrants and refugees, including their right to health. Nevertheless, many refugees and migrants often lack access to health services and financial protection for health. The World Health Organization has created reports, drafted solutions, and compiled resources to address this issue.



How Research Universities Can Help the Refugee Crisis
Syed Imram Ali, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley
Stanford Social Review, April 13, 2016

In this review, Syed Imram Ali, a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, reviews shortcomings in humanitarian initiatives and how those gaps can be addressed or minimized through partnerships with academic institutions.

Universities Respond to the Refugee Crisis: Roundtable [VIDEO]
University representatives around the world discuss the impact of research, advocacy, and policy on issues of migration.



Marrus, Michael R. The Unwanted: European Refugees in the Twentieth Century. New York: Oxford, 1985.

Nichols, J. Bruce. The Uneasy Alliance: Religion, Refugee Work, and U.S. Foreign Policy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Porter, Stephen R. Benevolent Empire: U.S. Power, Humanitarianism, and the World’s Dispossessed. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.

Bon Tempo, Carl J. Americans at the Gate: The United States and Refugees during the Cold War. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008.

Loescher, Gil. The UNHCR and World Politics: A Perilous Path. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.