Refugees and Forced Migration


The changing nature of modern 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 migration and refugee issues, focusing in particular on displacement caused by armed conflict. This venture 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 migration to illustrate the intersections of conventional weapons, emerging technologies in warfare, and armed conflicts with the resulting displacement.
  • Examine durable solutions and programs that draw on Canada’s new feminist international assistance policy (FIAP) for women, men, girls, and boys and the UN’s sustainable development goals, in particular Goal 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions.
  • Participate in the humanitarian disarmament community to place considerations of human security, human rights, and the protection of civilians at the centre of dialogue and practice.
  • Identify evidence-driven policies on which Canada should base its response to global humanitarian and refugee crises, focusing on inclusive and principled governance.
  • Advocate for the resolution of the wars and armed violence that generate refugees.