Arab Institute for Development Programmes & Studies is a non-profit organization headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon, focusing on education, training and sustainable development.

AIDPS Representatives

Immigration Studies

Immigration Studies


Objectives & Methods

AIDPS carries out multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research on the causes and consequences of forced migration, with an emphasis on understanding the experiences of forced migration from the point of view of affected peoples

Our research projects aim to improve the ways in which the causes of forced migration are understood and addressed, and to minimise the negative consequences and maximise the positive opportunities arising from specific contexts of displacement.


Our participatory research aims to improve response to humanitarian crises and protracted refugee situations by increasing understanding of the lived experiences of refugees and refugee communities. Our research explores the following questions:

  • What are the different experiences of forced migration?
  • How do individuals, groups and communities respond and adapt to the challenges posed by displacement?
  • How do forced migrants participate in shaping norms and influencing policies?
  • In what ways do forced migrants exercise agency and how is this agency best conceptualised?How is forced migration 'governed' and how has the nature of its governance changed over time?
  • What practices and policies are used by states, international organisations, and other actors to manage, control, or protect forced migrants or asylum seekers and to what effect?
  • How do (and should) international and domestic actors cooperate in the face of forced migration?
  • What motivates responses to forced displacement?
  • How have conceptualisations of who is worthy of protection and assistance developed historically and what factors have driven these changing conceptualisations?
  • What spaces and opportunities exist for forced migrants to influence and change the structures that govern them?