Welcome

The Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses 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 will be open to new and unconventional ideas of research or public outreach. Rigorous, inter-disciplinary, evidence-based research will be conducted and linked to policy and practice.

The Program is a campus wide initiative, drawing on the intellectual resources of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Yale’s twelve professional schools, including more than fifty Yale faculty and scholars in anthropology, economics, history, sociology, political science, medicine, nursing, public health, law, divinity, management, and forestry & environmental studies. It also will engage students who have been taking the lead in many initiatives on refugee and displacement issues on campus.

More broadly, the Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses will put 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

The group of K-12 teachers that participated in the Summer Institute for Teachers.
The Council on Middle East Studies at the MacMillan Center welcomed participants to its three-day Summer Institute for Teachers (SIT), “Refugees in Recent History,” from June 26-28. The diverse group of educators came...
Yale School of Medicine (YSM) students and faculty play a key role ensuring the approximately 250 refugees who arrive annually to Greater New Haven receive high quality health care and guidance as they transition to a...
Danielle standing in front of Parliament before going to sit in on the Department of Home Affairs Portfolio Committee Elections and meeting.
Danielle Harris is a junior in the undergraduate Human Rights Program and studies history and political science. This summer, she worked for ten weeks with the Legal Advocacy program at the Scalabrini Centre of Cape...
A young woman provides a DNA sample via cheek swab. She was among a cohort of Syrian adolescents forcibly displaced by conflict to participate in a study on the effects of genetic and resilience on the mental health recovery. (Photo courtesy of the research team.)
A new study demonstrates the influence of genetic factors and resilience — the resources and capacities for overcoming adversity — on changes in levels of psychosocial stress and mental health for Syrian refugee youth...
Jude Alawa is from Miami, Florida by way of Damascus, Syria, and is interested in the intersection of medicine and international affairs, especially in conflict and post-conflict zones.
Yale graduate Jude Alawa’s recent publication in Current Breast Cancer Reports entitled, “Breast Cancer Management Among Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Populations: a Call to Action” under the direction of Dr....
Jude Alawa is from Miami, Florida by way of Damascus, Syria, and is interested in the intersection of medicine and international affairs, especially in conflict and post-conflict zones. Alawa recognizes the potential for targeted humanitarian interventions, and he hopes to study and craft effective measures to increase access to health care and medical technology in marginalized communities. Alawa continues to work with partners in the field to develop cancer prevention programs in health clinics for unders
Jude Alawa, who is graduating this month with a B.A. in Global Affairs and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology will be heading to the University of Cambridge, England, in the fall to begin his Fox...
The Colloquium on Social Justice, Solidarity, and Forced Migration took place on March 7. It was funded by the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, and jointly hosted by the MacMillan Center’s Program on...