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Global refugees and migrants

Refugees and migrants

Exploring the challenges faced by people who leave their countries of origin due to war, violence, persecution, economic instability, climate change or who migrate voluntarily

Refugees and migrants

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This work area is dedicated to exploring and addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by people who leave their countries of origin due to war, violence, persecution, economic instability, and/or climate change, as well as those who migrate voluntarily for various reasons.


With a significant increase in both forced and voluntary migration globally over the last decades, migration impacts nearly every part of the world and forced migration constitutes one of today’s most pressing grand societal challenges.


Given the need to support people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in re-establishing their lives and careers post-migration, and the clear relevance of migration to present debates in workplaces and societies, this work area recognises the critical need to address the complex issues surrounding both forced and voluntary migration.

This area leverages work and organisational psychology (WOP) to enhance the understanding and support of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds as they navigate their new environments. We are dedicated to improving the lives of these individuals through comprehensive research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and evidence-based practice. By understanding and addressing their unique challenges, we strive to facilitate their positive integration into the new societies and workplaces.

Given the complex nature of both forced and voluntary migration, it is crucial to understand the broader implications of resettlement and integration for both the individuals and the receiving societies. This involves examining the psychological effects of forced and voluntary migration, developing effective policies and practices for positive integration, and understanding the perspectives of various stakeholders, including employers, policymakers, and service providers. We are committed to fostering dialogue and collaboration among these stakeholders and we seek to bridge the gap between academic research and practical application. 

By bringing together scholars, practitioners, and policymakers, this work area seeks to create a space for open conversations, facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations, develop evidence-based interventions, and generate a research agenda that addresses pressing issues related to forced or voluntary migration. Through these efforts, we aim to generate insights and practical solutions that contribute to the positive resettlement and integration of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Refugees and migrants
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