GCR‘s whole-of-society approach to refugee protection: The unique complexities of South Asia

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Here is the final piece in a four-part series on the Global Compact on Refugees. Follow the links below to read the previous articles: Part 1: The Global Compacts: A Primer Part 2: Delivering on the Global Compact on Refugees Part 3: Canada and the Global Compact on Refugees December 6, 2018 By Ishita Kumar and Nayantara Raja Despite a …

Canada and the Global Compact on Refugees

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The Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), a new international framework, is expected to be adopted by the end of this year. It aims to reenergize the international refugee regime, the core of which is the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (Refugee Convention), and encourage states to commit to protecting forced migrants. The GCR’s Final Draft clearly says …

We are ready for 2019

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As 2018 ends, you may feel disheartened by the state of global security. Multiple, overlapping crises—some brewing, others already manifest—seem to outpace the international community’s capacity to respond effectively. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 4 Winter 2018 by Cesar Jaramillo The world is in the midst of the worst refugee crisis in history. According to figures from the UN …

The War in Yemen: 2011-2018: The elusive road to peace

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              Working paper 18-1 November 2018 By Sonal Marwah and Tom Clark Executive summary The United Nations (UN) has played a key role in most recent peace processes, but has not, thus far, been an effective force for peace in Yemen, which is now the site of one of the world’s bloodiest internationalized civil …

Delivering on the Global Compact on Refugees: The need for principled leadership from UNHCR

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Here is the second piece in a three-part series on the Global Compact on Refugees. You can read Part 1: The Global Compacts: A Primer here.  November 6, 2018 By Sonal Marwah Emerging humanitarian crises and protracted conflicts have caused the number of global refugees to soar to 25 million, the highest figure ever recorded. These refugees face threats to their safety …

The Global Compacts: A Primer

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Here is the first piece in a three-part series on the Global Compact on Refugees and Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. This one is a primer on the two Global Compacts. It maps out each Global Compact’s development process and set of objectives. October 29, 2018 By Sonal Marwah In September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly …

The Right to Peace: Forced Displacement and Migration

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The theme for the 2018 International Day of Peace (Friday, Sept. 21)  is The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on Dec. 10, 1948, to recognize “the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race.” …

Central American migrants face perilous journey

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Irregular migration through Mexico to the United States has occurred for decades. However, the growing number of Central American migrants (mainly from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras) crossing Mexico and the evolution of border controls and enforcement require further scrutiny. The hard security policies implemented at the U.S.-Mexico border are diligently being enforced throughout Mexico and are extending to the …

Inaccessible? Untangling the current U.S. refugee program

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Until recently, the United States was the world’s most generous donor of humanitarian assistance to displaced persons and had the largest resettlement program. But the Trump administration’s new immigration policies appear to be making the United States increasingly less safe and inaccessible for refugees and asylum seekers. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 3 Autumn 2018 by Sonal Marwah All …

Untangling the current U.S. refugee program

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With 25.4 million refugees, the world is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. Until recently, the United States was the world’s most generous donor of humanitarian assistance to displaced persons and had the largest resettlement program. But the Trump administration’s new immigration policies appear to be making the United States increasingly less safe and inaccessible for …