Khalida Azhigulova is a PhD Candidate in Asylum and Migration Law at the University of Leicester, UK, and a Fellow of the British Academy of Higher Education. She holds a Magister Juris degree from the University of Oxford. In 2009-2015, Khalida was a protection officer at the UNHCR Regional Representation for Central Asia, where she was a focal point for refugee resettlement, prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence, judicial engagement, and facilitation of training programmes. Since 2013, Khalida is a certified UNHCR trainer of protection learning programmes. Her current research focuses on expanding protection space for refugees in Central Asia through (1) evaluating Central Asian states’ compliance with and effectiveness of international refugee law in the region, and (2) developing feasible solutions for refugees via bilateral resettlement treaties and alternative migration routes. 

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