Graduate and Research Program in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies at Birzeit University, West Bank

Palestinian refugees remain the largest single national group of refugees whose status has yet to be settled 60 years after the creation of the problem. Despite great interest in the subject, there are no graduate programs in Palestine that provide students with solid academic training in refugee and forced migration studies. This grant will enable Birzeit University, West Bank, to establish a graduate research and training program in refugee and forced migration studies as part of the master's program offered by the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies (IIIS). The program, which will begin in 2010-2011, is expected to prepare a new generation of Palestinian experts, activists, academics and policymakers to conduct evidence-based analysis on various aspects of the Palestinian refugee issue.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

End Date

Thursday, March 21, 2013


36 months

IDRC Officer

El-Rifai, Roula

Total funding

CA$ 915,000


Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, West Bank and Gaza


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Dr. Mohammad Abu-Koash


Birzeit University

Institution Country

West Bank and Gaza

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