Ethical Challenges in Refugee Research: Troublesome Questions, Difficult Answers

Claudia Maria Vargas


This paper articulates some of the more
troublesome questions and ethical challenges
that researchers conducting
interviews with refugees and refugee
service-providers face. The author suggests
three ethical principles that must be
considered when doing qualitative research:
a) trust, confidentiality, honesty,
responsibility, b) an active and positive
approach to cultural differences, including
gender issues, and c) respect for the
emotional experiences of victims. By
grounding the research process within
this ethical practice a delicate balance
between the goals of research and the interests
of the respondent can be maintained.

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