PROTECT: the right to international protection. A pendulum between globalisationand nativization?

PROTECT The Right to International Protection is an EU-funded research project launched on 1 February 2020. It studies the UN's Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration as key solutions to handle global refugee flows.

Start date

01 February 2020

End date

01 February 2023


The Surrey team is co-leading the work in Work Package (WP) 5, surveying civil society organizations’ role in the process of international migration, seeking to understand how they shape policy, public narratives, and the practical implementation of the high concepts of the Global Compact on Refugees. They also play a vital role in Work Package (WP) 3, conducting fieldwork in Greece on how the impact of GRC and GMC is perceived by governance actors and people entitled to international protection, and by the most closely related actors

What is Horizon 2020?

The Innovation Union is one of the seven flagship policies of Europe 2020, which was the EU’s plan set out in 2010 for ten years of growth in Europe. It aims to build a solid research and innovation ‘system’ in Europe, facilitating research that will benefit both our scientific advancements and our economies.

Horizon 2020 is the financial arm of the Innovation Union. It is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020), in addition to the private investment that this money will attract.

The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation. Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach enables new projects to get off the ground quickly and achieve better results in a shorter time frame.

The project is conducted by an international consortium of 11 universities in Europe, Canada, and South Africa, and led by Professor Hakan G. Sicakkan on behalf of the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen.

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Research groups and centres

Our research is supported by research groups and centres of excellence.

Centre for Britain and Europe