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Tag Archives: refugees

Series Spotlight: Forced Migration

July 30th is the United Nations’ World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The UN states that “Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking,” and that designating the day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.” Learn more […]

Commemorating World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day (June 20) honors those who leave everything behind to escape war, persecution, or terror. This day celebrates the courage and resilience of refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, stateless persons, and returnees, as the plight of those fleeing conflict is often met with overwhelming uncertainty and assault on human rights.

Promoting ‘self-reliance’ for refugees: what does it really mean?

The following is a post by Naohiko Omata, author of The Myth of Self-Reliance: Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp. Promotion of ‘self-reliance’ for refugees has occupied a central seat in the policy arena of the international refugee regime in recent years. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) broadly defines self-reliance as ‘the social […]

World Refugee Day

  The United Nations’ (UN) World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. This event draws public’s attention to the millions of refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and persecution.   “Refugees are people like anyone else, like you and me. […]

Freedom to move, freedom to stay: the EU migration crisis through the lens of migrant West Africa

The following is a guest blog post written by Paolo Gaibazzi, Social Anthropologist and Research Fellow at the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO). Gaibazzi is also the author of Bush Bound: Young Men and Rural Permanence in Migrant West Africa. Below, Gaibazzi discusses how ‘staying put’ may shed light on current West African migrations. […]