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.
Recent Posts on Refugees and Forced Migration
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 ...
The human costs of warJune 8, 2016
Human displacement has reached record levels as old wars continue and new conflicts emerge. The second half of the 20th century saw a decline in wars between states, but a steep rise in the number of internal armed conflicts and other violent situations that caused mass displacement across borders. These internal wars have proven to be more protracted and complex. ...