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Monday, August 12, 2013

Associate Professor Michael Kagan Posts Article on Urban Refugees Blog

Michael Kagan is an Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Immigration Clinic at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Aug. 12, he wrote an article for the Urban Refugees blog titled Why Do We Still Have Refugee Camps?

"This gap between policy and practice is the background for several new critiques of (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees') urban refugee policy. The gist of the critiques, with varying degrees of nuance, is that old habits die hard, and while the new policy sounds good, UNHCR's commitment to urban refugees in practice is not always clear. Camps are still abundant, and they are still central to UNHCR's work," he wrote in the article.

Professor Kagan has written several of the most widely cited articles in the fields of refugee and asylum law. His research on credibility assessment in asylum cases has been repeatedly relied on by federal appellate courts and, according to a 2012 commentary, has "guided most subsequent research and analysis on the topic."