Global displacement not a European refugee crisis

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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 migrants

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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 …

Q&A with MCCO: Syrian refugees in Canada

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In anticipation of World Refugee Day on June 20, Sonal Marwah recently engaged in conversation with Mennonite Central Committee Ontario (MCCO) staff. Kaylee Perez, Refugee Sponsorship Associate, and Moses Moini, Refugee Program Coordinator, shared information and insights into MCCO’s current work and relationship with new Syrian refugees in Canada. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 2 Summer 2016; interview conducted and …

Migrants and development policy

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Sustainable Development Goals offer the world a tool to respond to the migration crisis In 2015 there were 244 million international migrants (UNFPA 2016), the majority crossing borders in search of better economic and social opportunities. More than 60 million others were forced to flee conflict and violence in the largest exodus since the end of the Second World War. …

The human costs of war

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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. …

Exploring the principle of the freedom of movement for refugees and migrants

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I participated in the 9th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), held in Winnipeg May 11–14. The conference explored the principle of freedom of movement, also examining the root causes of forced displacement, development challenges, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, human rights, and methods of knowledge production. It brought together more than 200 participants from …

Q&A with Idil Atak: Responding to the Syrian refugee crisis

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Author Sonal Marwah Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 1 Spring 2016 Sonal Marwah: Terms such as “irregular” or “illegal” are frequently used to describe the migration influx in Europe. Is this an accurate way of assessing the situation? Idil Atak: As a member of the Department of Criminology, I am not in favour of using the term ”illegal” because a …

Shifting frontlines in the Schengen zone

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By Sonal Marwah and Philip MacFie The Schengen Agreement was conceived in 1985 in Schengen, Luxembourg and came into effect in 1995. Today 26 European countries (including four that do not belong to the European Union) participate in the agreement, which replaced internal borders with a single external border, within which people can move freely. Foreign visitors can travel anywhere …

Asylum-seeker, refugee, or migrant?

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Author Sonal Marwah Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 4 Winter 2015 Categorizing the multitude flowing into Europe is a source of fierce contention among EU member states It is estimated that more than 860,000 people so far this year have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to enter Europe (UNHCR 2015a). Many others have tried, unsuccessfully (IOM 2015). This past September, Hungary’s …

A test of our humanity

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Author Cesar Jaramillo From the Director’s desk Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 4 Winter 2015 The international introspection that followed the 1994 Rwandan genocide seemed a genuine effort to comprehend how the global community of nations could have allowed the violent deaths of hundreds of thousands of human beings—despite abundant warning signs about the impending violence. After the blood had …