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APNOR along with other actors in the region is seeking first-of-its-kind study seeks to better understand the ways in which refugee-led initiatives contribute to refugee protection and solutions in the Asia-Pacific region. The research aims to answer four central questions:

  1. How do refugee-led initiatives support their communities and others?
  2. How do refugee-led initiatives engage with and represent their constituents/members?
  3. How do refugee-led initiatives engage with other stakeholders?
  4. What barriers do refugee-led initiatives face when undertaking this work?

Who can take part in research?

We are looking for participants who are:​

  • over 18 years of age and
  • have current or previous experience engaging in the work of one or more refugee-led initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region.

For the purposes of this research, these refugee-led initiatives are broadly defined to include all refugee-led organizations, refugee community groups or other groups that are led by persons who identify as refugees. These refugee-led initiatives do not need to be legally registered.

​We are conscious of the importance of engaging with a wide range of participants, especially from an age, gender and diversity perspective, and of engaging with individuals from all levels of seniority / hierarchy.

For more information and research findings visit the research website or take part in the research below


Research Reports

Bangladesh Report - Insecurity, Risk and Resilience

The activities of RLIs in the Rohingya refugee camps have been greatly impacted by increased government restrictions and security issues. Due to the Bangladesh authorities cracking down on the political mobilisation of RLIs in 2019...

Indonesia Report - In Endless Transit

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Indonesia currently hosts 14,500 refugees and asylum seekers.4 About half of these live in one of the 84 'community housing locations' that have been established...

Refugees & Displacement Guidelines

These guidelines seek to provide clear principles and strategies for individuals and organisations interested in undertaking, supporting or learning more about research that is co-produced with refugees and other people with lived experience...


Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR) is the only region-wide refugee-led network of refugee-led initiatives in the Asia Pacific region that is working with and for refugees. APNOR was established in 2018, on the recommendation of Asia Pacific Summit of Refugees (APSOR).

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