Reckoning with Refugeedom is an ongoing project conducted by the University of Manchester.

The project aims to put refugees more firmly and centrally into modern history by accessing the perspectives of refugees from different backgrounds, through petitions and letters to those in positions of authority, but also personal correspondence and other source material.

It looks at how refugees engaged with the history and circumstances of their displacement. It also assesses how they understood and negotiated the personal and political consequences of ‘being a refugee’.

This project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

For more information about the research projects featured in Refugees:  Forced to Flee, explore this guide from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.


War turns people's worlds upside down, from the First World War to the present day, countless lives have been affected by conflict. Ordinary people are forced to make extraordinary decisions – should they stay or go?

Refugees: Forced to Flee at IWM London explored a century of refugee experiences, from Nazi Germany’s persecution of Jews and the Kindertransport, to the Calais Jungle and the treacherous Mediterranean crossings.

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