The United Nations (UN) estimates that the numbers of forcibly displaced persons has reached almost 70 million people worldwide. The UN identifies several categories of forcibly displaced people: refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, stateless persons and returnees. Displacement crises raise complex interacting issues about nation-states, laws, borders, human rights, citizenship and identity, security, resource allocation and information and communication technologies (ICT); as well as long-term recovery from trauma and well-being. Personal documentation and particularly official records are pervasive and integral to this complexity and to recovery, yet human-centric documentation needs are under-supported.
Working both with current and historical refugee and diasporic populations, the Refugee Rights in Records Initiative encompasses multiple research projects addressing different aspects of the following: