With more than 80 million persons forced to flee their homes because of conflict and violence--and tens of millions more displaced due to natural disasters--how should the international community respond? What are the international law norms that apply to forced migration, and what are the central challenges facing refugees and the countries that host them? What has been the impact of climate change and of the COVID pandemic on forced migrants? How should the international refugee regime be reformed?
This course is required for the Certificate in Migration Studies.
- Displacement today
- The history and practice of international protection
- Who is a 'refugee': international and regional definitions
- Gender-based persecution and refugee status
- The rights of refugees and the responsibilities of states
- The impact of COVID-19 on forced migrants
- The international refugee regime: norms and institutions
- Measures taken by states (US, Australia and others) and in Europe to deter the arrival of asylum-seekers
- Internal displacement: the response of the international community
- Climate and forced migration
- Solutions to long-standing refugee situations and international responsibility-sharing
- New thinking on refugee protection and the international refugee regime
Additional InformationCourse materials will be made available on Fridays, beginning October 15, 2021. Registered students are asked to participate in weekly virtual discussions. The sessions will be held on Fridays from 10:00-11:30am EST, beginning on October 22, 2021.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Migration Studies Certificate : Required Courses