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Applying the framework to UNHCR

BySarah Deardorff Miller

This chapter applies the theoretical framework of "domestication" to the empirical level, focusing on one international organizations (IOs) in particular: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It provides context and background to UNHCR's history vis-a-vis its ability to influence states. It draws on forced migration literature to trace the extent of its power and influence in light of the various roles it has taken on at the domestic level, including ways it acts as an instrument of states, an autonomous political actor, a transnational/multileveled actor and finally as a surrogate state. The chapter focuses most heavily on UNHCR acting as a surrogate state after years of involvement in a protracted refugee situations (PRS). In applying the framework, examining the relationship between the surrogate state IO and state behavior, it provides analysis on UNHCR's varied domestic roles and subsequent influence more broadly.