Armed conflict has always been one of the major drivers of refugee movements globally. The need for protection as refugees for people fleeing war seems self-evident. However, international legal and policy frameworks are often ambivalent on whether or how war refugees qualify for protection.
This project addresses relevant legal and policy aspects of the relationship between war and refugees. They include: to what extent are people fleeing armed conflict eligible for international protection and on what basis; what is the role of IHL in protecting people fleeing armed conflicts, and how does it relate to international refugee law; how does the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) engage in providing protection and/or assistance to victims of forced displacement during armed conflicts; and what is the role of the ICRC in the creation of international standards and institutions for the protection of refugees and other displaced persons?