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Friday, October 10, 2014

Professor Michael Kagan Quoted in IRIN

Professor Michael Kagan is co-director of the Immigration Clinic at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Oct. 7, Professor Kagan was quoted in an Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) article titled, "Alternatives to refugee camps: Can policy become practice?” IRIN is a service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and offers readers humanitarian news and analysis.

In the article, which discusses a new policy to actively pursue alternatives to refugee camps whenever possible, Professor Kagan describes the alternatives as encouraging but “still aspirational.”

“The missing link is to explain how host governments can be persuaded to let refugees have more autonomy,” he stated.

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."