Every H2020 project is composed of several work packages (WPs), or clusters of activities, which converge toward a common goal. PROTECT consists of 11 WPs, all of them contributing to its scientific quality and ethical integrity, and ultimately concurring to understanding and safeguarding the right to international protection.

WP1: Developing theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches to international protection

As citizens living in a frantically evolving world, we are constantly reminded that new scenarios call for innovations in thinking. That is why PROTECT’s first task consists of developing theoretical, conceptual, and methodological approaches to international protection.

WP2: The impacts of the GRC and GMC on the right to international protection: interactions with pre-existing legal frames of protection

What is the normative status of innovatory instruments such as the Global Compacts and how do they interact with international and European legal backgrounds concerning migration and asylum laws?

WP3: The impacts of the GRC and GMC on the governance of international protection: institutional architectures of asylum determination

The fact that different states deploy correspondingly different institutional architectures and procedures to determine asylum is widely known. WP3 maps these differences in PROTECT’s main settings – the EU, Canada, and South Africa – including by historical and statistical examination, and assesses which ones are the most conducive to the enforcement of human rights and the right to international protection.

WP4: The impacts of the GRC and GMC on the governance of international protection: fieldwork studies of governance in practice

Global is not synonymous with abstract or unsubstantial, and migration policies are most strongly felt in sensitive locations. These are the target of WP4 bottom-up analysis. By carrying out two rounds of fieldworks in migratory hotspots in Italy, Greece, Spain, France, South Africa and Canada, WP4 analyses how the impact of GRC and GMC is perceived by governance actors and people entitled to international protection, and by the most closely related actors.

WP5: The impacts of the GRC and GMC on civil societies’ recognition the right to international protection

Whilst it is known that CSOs often play a decisive role in the reception and integration of refugees, there is little evidence regarding their attitudes towards the UN notion of international protection and their collaboration networks. CSOs do not constitute a monolithic body but rather span over a wide spectrum of ideologies: they may be globalist, regionalist, nation-statist or nativist. Through surveys, PROTECT investigates how these political orientations affect the notions of human rights, refugee rights and asylum rights in the implementation of the Global Compacts. 

WP6: The impact of the GRC and GMC on the citizens’ recognition of the right to international protection

Public support is key for the implementation of policies in general. So it is for the implementation of the Global Compacts. PROTECT examines the factors that affect citizens’ views of the Global Compacts, with particular attention to their burden- and responsibility-sharing aspects.

WP7: The impact of the GRC and GMC on the recognition of the right to international protection in the public sphere

Beyond the effects the Global Compacts may have on Civil Society Organizations and public attitudes towards international protection, PROTECT examines the effect they produce in the public sphere at large.

WP8: The Final Comparative Study

The final comparative study takes stock of the findings reached in PROTECT and analyses them in a comparative manner along the fundamental dimensions of international protection delineated in the project

WP 9: Dissemination, Communication and Exploitation of Knowledge

The objective of WP9 is to ensure that the full value of the PROTECT Consortium’s research is realized in terms of connecting it to wider debates with key user groups.

WP10: Coordination and Management

In order to reach the objectives set, PROTECT puts together a management and coordination team that ensures both scientific quality and administrative conformity. Scientific management looks after the coordination amongst partners and the integration of the various streams of the project.

WP11: Ethics Requirements

This work package sets out the ethics requirements that the project must comply with while carrying out research activities. These regard the protection of personal data collected through interviews and surveys.