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; a decade later more than 80 million people are displaced. 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. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation, with migration systems in general and the global refugee and asylum regimes in particular slowing or completely shutting down. 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.
|Panelist||Sameera Ibrahim University of Wisconsin - Madison||15||8:00 AM|
|Panelist||Elizabeth Lunstrum Boise State||15||8:15 AM|
|Panelist||Banu Gokariksel Department of Geography||15||8:30 AM|
|Panelist||Diala Lteif University of Toronto||15||8:45 AM|
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