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Refugee and Forced Migration Politics Today - North American Contexts

Type: Panel
Theme: Ethnonationalism and Exclusion Around the World
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Pablo Bose, Lauren Fritzsche, Jessie Clark
Chairs: Lauren Fritzsche


The global community is today confronted by one of the worst migration crises since the end of the Second World War, with millions of people displaced from homes and livelihoods. The numbers have swelled dramatically in the past decade – in 2010 there were approximately 34 million people that were counted as refugees, stateless persons and asylum seekers; today 69 million people fill those categories (UNHCR, 2019). While the need for protection may have increased, the capacity and willingness of many state actors to provide sanctuary has moved in the opposite direction. This is especially true for wealthier countries in the Global North, many of whom have progressively reduced the numbers of refugees they have been willing to resettle in recent years. Security concerns, rising xenophobia and nativism, demographic change, political radicalization and polarization are just some of the factors that have exacerbated these trends. In this panel, we bring together a number of experts on refugees, asylum seekers and forced migration in general to talk about the challenges, contexts and issues that they see confronting displaced communities and individuals in the current moment. They will speak also about the ways that they as teachers and scholars navigate these challenges and the dynamics of research in this time.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Emily Skop The University Of Colorado At Colorado Springs 15
Panelist Caroline Nagel University of South Carolina 15
Panelist Nancy Hiemstra Stony Brook University 15
Panelist Patricia Ehrkamp University of Kentucky 15
Panelist Margaret Walton-Roberts Wilfrid Laurier University 15

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