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
Q&A: Women and Yemen’s peace processOctober 16, 2018
The following is a conversation with Rasha Jarum, founder and director of Peace Track Initiative, on the efforts to secure more meaningful involvement and representation for women in the process to restore peace in Yemen. Ms. Jarum is from South Yemen and has more than 16 years' experience working on human rights and gender issues. Sonal Marwah spoke with her in August. ...
The Right to Peace: Forced Displacement and MigrationSeptember 19, 2018
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.” ...
Untangling the current U.S. refugee programAugust 8, 2018
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 ...