Toward a PSR Policy Rubric – A Data-Informed Index for Reception and Resettlement Policies

Authors: Christian Matheis*, Guilford College, Eli Jamison*, Virginia Tech
Topics: Immigration/Transnationalism, Migration, Human Rights
Keywords: Refugees, public policy, asylum, forced migration, reception, resettlement
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 2:35 PM / 4:15 PM
Room: Cabinet Room, Omni, West
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Longstanding research instruments and institutional intervention strategies have had limited efficacy in addressing the global refugee crisis, and this project aims at a mesolevel intervention in the form of a “hub” or rallying point for collectively reorienting policy. Lacking a common reference point for policymaking, the actual practices of reception and resettlement of People Seeking Refuge (PSRs) likely default to the tri-part pressures of financialization, militarization, and nationalization of these immigrating populations. This paper summarizes data collected during the first part of an overall project aimed at developing a research-informed, cross-role policy rubric to provide a common reference point for those involved in crafting, implementing, applying, and evaluating reception and resettlement of People Seeking Refuge (PSRs). In early 2018 collected responses from a broad cross-section of actors with various roles and influence on PSR resettlement. Response data from participants provides insight into the impressions they have about priorities influencing policy, as well as initial, tentative indicators of the kinds of priorities that ought and ought not to influence policymaking. Outcomes may suggest that that are differences in operative priorities across the spectrum of communities of people who are concerned with improving outcomes for PSRs, and particularly during resettlement processes.This pathfinding study will guide , future research to craft new policy instruments, such as a policy rubric or matrix, to help improve efficacy in policy and policy-driven processes, such that less policy remediation is necessary and improved outcomes for the PSR community are expedited.

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