Migration is not an exception, but the norm – for centuries, people have moved within and across borders. However, international efforts to govern (forced) migration remain weak because they fail to balance the quandary of individual legal protection, economic opportunities, and realpolitik rooted in domestic pressures. Broad statements of good intent to make migration safe, orderly, and regular contrast sharply with the grim realities of people on the move. GPPi seeks to support the quest for better policies on (forced) migration – policies which provide protection to people on the move and also reflect a sober analysis of the multiple interests involved – by contributing evidence from applied research.


Germany Can Protect Refugees and the European Asylum System. Here’s How.

Germany must take in the most vulnerable asylum seekers from northern Syria, Turkey and Greece for now – otherwise, it not only puts their lives at stake but also jeopardizes the future of European asylum law.

Book chapter

At the Crossroads: The 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention Today

An evolutionary interpretation of the Geneva Refugee Convention has limits that are rooted in the text. As a result, some of the most important challenges facing refugee law today will not be solved within’ the Convention.


All Quiet on the Brussels Front?

Is a new beginning” in migration policy possible for the EU Commission? The answer: not likely.


Reinforcing Border Control: What’s at Stake for Migrants?

Protection concerns need to be embedded more boldly in efforts to increase capacity for border management.

By Jonas Bergmann, Julian Lehmann, Thomas Munsch, William Powell

How Does the European Union Implement the Nexus Approach to Forced Displacement?

We have been tasked by European Union’s Humanitarian Aid Department to research the roll-out and implementation of the Lives in Dignity Communication, a policy framework for the so-called nexus approach. As part of this EU-internal study, GPPi documents best practices in four countries and inquires how EU actors can improve their policy support to sustainable approaches to alleviate forced displacement. 

More about this project


Fabrice Langrognet

Non-Resident Fellow

Claudia Meier

Associate Director

Julian Lehmann

Project Manager

Julia Steets


Funding & Contact

For our work on (forced) migration we have received research grants and project funding from the Mercator Foundation, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and the Villigst Foundation. Clients of our advisory work include the European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO), the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

For more information, please contact Julian Lehmann.