Modeling the Impact of Protraction on Refugee Identity

  • Erika FrydenlundEmail author
  • José J. Padilla
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10354)


This study presents an agent-based model of identity shift based on refugees in protracted situations. The model is based on interactions between refugees, local citizens, and nongovernmental workers. Through repeated interactions at the individual level, we see the emergence of groups of identities that are generally neutral—not nationalistic nor specifically locally or globally focused. The model provides a starting point for understanding the processes of long-term protracted states of displacement on the general shift in identity among refugee populations in both camp and non-camp based settings.


Agent-based modeling ABM Refugees Protraction Identity 



This work is ongoing and represents collaborative efforts with David C. Earnest. The authors thank Hamdi Kavak for assistance with data visualization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Virginia Modeling, Simulation and Analysis CenterOld Dominion UniversitySuffolkUSA

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