Globally, there are an estimated 68.5 million people who have fled their homes either as refugees (25.4 million), internally displaced persons (40.0 million), or asylum seekers as a result of conflict, generalized violence and persecution (UNHCR, 2017).
The changing nature of contemporary warfare demands a close re-examination of the humanitarian impacts of war and weapons on civilians and human security. So, in 2015, Project Ploughshares introduced a new program on forced displacement and migration, focusing in particular on displacement caused by armed conflict. This is examined by mapping and analyzing the root causes of forced displacement driven from war and armed violence. This undertaking was deemed a critical extension of Project Ploughshares’ mandate to advance policies and strengthen advocacy to prevent war and armed violence, and build sustainable peace.
The objectives for this new program are:
- Research drivers of conflict-induced forced displacement to illustrate the intersections of conventional weapons, emerging technologies in warfare, and armed conflicts.
- Examine durable solutions and programs that draw on Canada’s feminist international assistance policy for women, men, girls, and boys and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions.
- Engage with the humanitarian disarmament community to place considerations of forcibly displaced persons, refugee rights and migrant rights at the centre of dialogue and practice.
- Identify evidence-driven policies on which Canada should base its response to displacement crises.
- Advocate for the resolution of wars and armed violence that are the principal drivers of forced displacement (the internally displaced and refugees).
Recent Posts on Forced Displacement and Migration
Reflecting on current problems and possible solutionsJune 19, 2018
By Sonal Marwah and Michelle Ball* On June 20, we celebrate World Refugee Day. The occasion focuses attention on the plight of refugees and displaced people around the world, but also celebrates their strength and perseverance as they build new lives. It is a time to remember that today, one in every 113 people on Earth has been forced to ...
Global displacement not a European refugee crisisDecember 14, 2016
This year is turning into the “deadliest year yet” for migrants and refugees. Deaths and drownings in the Mediterranean have climbed, even though fewer people are crossing to reach Europe. While in 2015, 1,015,078 people crossed the sea, only 327,800 did so in 2016. But, according to UN refugee agency UNHCR, “from one death for every 269 arrivals last year, ...
Promoting and broadening the governance of forced migrantsSeptember 19, 2016
Mobility is a defining characteristic of our time. Worldwide, there are 244-million international migrants—persons living in a country other than the one they were born in—who have migrated for complex reasons, including a search for safety and a better life and reunion with family. More than 65.3-million of these migrants have been forcibly displaced. Some scholars call all people who leave their country ...