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Global Perspectives on Forced Migration

Second Annual Conference hosted by UCL Geography Masters students

Global Perspectives on Forced Migration

Forced Migration: Global Perspectives and Practices was the theme of the second annual Migration Research Unit day conference hosted on Wednesday 12th June by students taking the UCL Geography MSc course in Global Migration.

The conference attracted over 60 participants from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and countries, including not only graduate students involved in research projects on forced migration but also interested undergraduates and refugees and people working to provide front-line services for migrants in the UK.

This diversity led to a fruitful exchange of new ideas and recommendations fostered by fourteen graduate student presentations. One participant remarked how amazed he was by the fact that all the studies presented during the day had different angles of approach to the conference topic. Its aim - questioning the definition of forced migration - was creatively addressed in many presentations, notably by Mert Perksen, on the displacement of Kurds in Turkey in the 1990s, and by Ioanna Voudouri on the impact of austerity in Greece on refugees and employment. Other important issues were also raised, from the (in)visibility of migrants to the weak role of the state in facilitating the positive integration of asylum seekers.

The day was concluded by a presentation from Guido Ambroso, Senior Programme Evaluation Officer at the UNHCR, who spoke openly and engagingly about his work and experience with the organisation. It was a long, yet exciting day, with participants and speakers from all over Europe interacting and discussing their mutual personal, political and research interests.

The conference was hosted by the Migration Research Unit and sponsored by UCL’s Environment Institute and Institute for Human Rights, with funding from UCL Grand Challenges.

More details of the conference can be found by visiting the link below to the Migration Research Unit.


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Speakers at the MRU student conference


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