The Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses (PRFDHR) is an intellectual hub for research, teaching, and policy recommendations that takes a people-centered approach to the refugee experience – from internal displacement at home, to the transit experience inside and outside the camp, to challenges of resettlement and integration. Acting as a catalyst for innovation, it is open to new and unconventional ideas of research or public outreach. Rigorous, inter-disciplinary, evidence-based research is being conducted and linked to policy and practice.

The interdisciplinary program is campus-wide and draws on the research and teaching interests and combine the intellectual faculty resources of the Yale Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Yale’s twelve professional schools. More than fifty faculty across Yale already work on issues related to the program’s scope, see further details here.

More broadly, the Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses is putting the resources of academic institutions, and the field experience of humanitarian workers and policy makers under one virtual roof, encompassing a wide range of issues that cover the entire refugee experience, to foster quality academic research and sound policy advice.

News & Events

On December 3rd,  2019 the International Growth Center (IGC), the Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement and Humanitarian Responses (PRFDHR) at Yale University and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) hosted Expanding...
A Palestinian doctor examines a patient’s eyes at a medical center in a refugee camp in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, on May 7, 2012. Ammar Awad/Reuters
Jude Alawa, a Fox Fellow at the University of Cambridge, recently coauthored an article in the Council on Foreign Relations titled, “A Silent Crisis: The Rise of Noncommunicable Diseases in Refugee Settings.”  In...
The finding that poverty, and not exposure to violence and trauma, worsened working memory, was somewhat unexpected, given the high levels of war exposure in Syrian refugees, but is consistent with recent studies of U.S. children living in adversity, the researchers explained.
Poverty, not war-related trauma, drives cognitive deficits in young people displaced by conflict, according to a new Yale-led study of adolescents affected by the crisis in Syria.  The study, published in the journal...