In this area of work, we interrogate the many social, political, economic, and environmental forces that constitute global forced migration, past and present, as well as how these forces have shaped the realities of millions of displaced peoples around the world. We examine these mechanisms and investigate the historical and contemporary causes of forced migration as well as the challenges and capacities of national and international refugee regimes and resettlement efforts. The project goals are to identify the key stakes to challenge policies of expulsion and exclusion, and to call for an alternative refugee regime that is inclusive and able to preserve the dignity of refugees, migrants, and IDPs.
Global Forced Migration
This report, Moving Targets: An Analysis of Global Forced Migration, aims to interrogate the inactiveness of the global refugee and migration regime that is incapable of successfully addressing the 21st century’s migration and refugee challenges. Moving Targets report aims to humanize all refugees and displaced persons. It does so by investigating the historical and contemporary causes and instruments of forced migration as well as both the challenges and capacities of national and international refugee protection and resettlement efforts. This project envisions a set of policy interventions that can not only help establish a more comprehensive global refugee regime but that can also help prevent the future production of refugees by exposing and tackling the contemporary dynamics of global forced migration by holding all actors accountable.
Forgotten Refugees: Climate Refugees (forthcoming)
This report outlines the main drivers of environmental migration, identifies who and where climate and food refugees are, and proposes policy responses. As the international attention concerning climate change emerged in the 1980s. In 1995 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that humans were contributing to climate change, acknowledging the link between human activity and global environmental changes. The dialogue surrounding climate change has largely centered around the impact of climate change as affecting ecosystems, sustainability, and physical health, overlooking the impact on communities’ livelihood, access to resources, and their ability to continue living on their land and in their homes. This report examines the extent of climate-induced forced displacement and migration, contextualizing the climate crisis as inseparable from the turmoil caused by neoliberalism.