In this latest blog post, ISIM Senior Fellow, Elizabeth Ferris, writes about planned relocation in the context of environmental degradation and climate change. Over the past few years, ISIM, together with UNHCR and the Brookings Institution have been leading an initiative around the future use of planned relocations – and in particular, how they might be carried out in a way that upholds the rights and dignity of those who are being moved.
This new publication from ISIM Deputy Director, Andrew Schoenholtz in the Chicago Journal of International Law, examines the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its applicability and adaptability in protecting the persecuted from persecutors today.
This article by Susan Martin discusses current trends in international migration, highlighting why global governance of international migration is needed. It explores reasons why this form of global governance has lagged behind others and reviews the steps that have been taken since the early twentieth century to foster greater international cooperation. In recent years, states appear more willing than before to discuss issues of mutual concern although actual decision-making on these issues remains elusive. The article concludes that although an international migration regime is unlikely to be in place any time soon, the prospects for progress in this area are better today than any time in the past century
This new Oxford Bibliographies article on Internal Displacement provides an overview of the literature on internal displacement and internally displaced persons (IDPs). Co-authored by Sanjula Weerasinghe and Elizabeth Ferris, it sheds light on early efforts to bring greater international attention to IDPs and canvases pertinent normative and institutional frameworks, tensions and debates, overarching studies, and resource materials. As the latest estimates from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre show record numbers displaced within their countries, lessons from the past and existing resources, may well be crucial to effective responses.
Taking two Colombian cities as illustrations, this report by ISIM Senior Fellow Patricia Weiss Fagen examines efforts to improve the well-being of IDPs and other victims, focusing on the urban resources and regional development that will be needed in post-conflict Colombia. Click below to read the report, which is published by the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF).
While some estimates of the number of people displaced by sudden-onset disasters exist, little is known about the patterns and cycles of displacement. Governmental tracking systems are inadequate, particularly for those who are displaced and do not go to official shelters. And many questions remain over how many times people are displaced and where people go when they leave temporary shelters and are unable to return home. Researchers have much to do, not only to understand climate - and disaster - induced migration but also to transmit their understanding for the use of policymakers and practitioners. This article is based on the findings and recommendations of the May 2014 Knowledge Partnership for Migration and Development (KNOMAD) symposium.