Nick Van Hear forces the issue

30 May 2012

Nick Van Hear's new article in the Journal of Refugee Studies explores the relationship between refugees and forced migration as 'real world' phenomena and refugee or forced migration studies as a field of enquiry.

The article, "Forcing the Issue: Migration Crises and the Uneasy Dialogue between Refugee Research and Policy" takes issue with some commentators’ views about the relationship between 'real world' forced migration and the development of forced migration studies as an analytical field, and addresses the relations among three types of thinking:


  • social science understandings of refugees and forced migration
  • thinking about refugees and forced migration in the world of policy and practice
  • popular or everyday thinking about refugees

The article was published in the journal in May 2012.