This volume is the unique effort of bringing together the work of several graduating classes of the Refugee Studies Centre's Master's of Studies Degree in Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. First set up in 1998, the Master's Degree has seen successive, highly motivated, talented graduate students from all parts of the world and all walks of life attend this course. They have moved on to careers in humanitarian assistance, development aid, medicine, and further graduate study.
This book identifies the political complexity of contemporary trends in forced migration and examines the adequacy of present efforts of the international community to meet these challenges. It begins with an investigation of the incorporation of forced displacement into the logic of war. Refugees are seen not just as a by-product, but as an intended consequence of conflict, as well as a justification for humanitarian intervention.
This study investigates the circumstances that lead some countries to produce a large number of refugees and relatively few internally displaced persons (IDPs) as opposed to a large number of IDPs and relatively few refugees. We develop the hypothesis that refugee flows are greater in the face of state (sponsored) genocide/politicide than they are in response to other state coercion, dissident campaigns of violence, or civil wars.
United Nations Secretary General, declaring 2009 as the year of Climate Change, has called for 'responsibility to protect' in the realm of human rights and 'responsibility to deliver' in larger sphere of common international action. Anthropogenic climate change leads to biophysical transformation on the global scale engendering localised stresses in the forms of coastal erosion, ice melt, infertile land and deteriorating water sources.These stresses threaten critical minimum basic needs of vulnerable socities without the capabilities of adaption and resilence.
This document presents the results of the first phase of research on forced migration of Colombians to Canada, which is part of a broader research project on forced migration of Colombians. A Comparative Study of Fear, Historical Memory and Social Representations in Colombia, Ecuador and Canada. Data collection and analysis was carried out from the end of 2004 (with a pilot project in the city of Vancouver) through the end of 2006.