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WELCOME: COVID-19 & Displacement

Dear Colleagues:
Welcome to the CRN 11 April 2020 Newsletter: volume 2, Issue 4. Even though there is a sign of developing treatment for COVID-19 and a historic decline in new cases, we are still faced with a major public health emergency, especially in the United States. At 30 April 2020, the United States had 1.1 million confirmed cases (a third of the global cases of 3.1 million) and 57,400 deaths due to Coronavirus.

In addition to the race against time to discover vaccines and treatments, state-of-the art technology is also making its mark. The University of Washington is teaming up with Microsoft to develop a “contact-tracing app that helps public health agencies and doesn’t compromise your privacy”. Similarly, Apple and Google are partnering to release application programming interfaces (APIs) between Android and IOS devices using apps from public health authorities on COVID-19 contact tracing.

In spite of the immense progress being made to manage and curb COVID-19, the experience of displaced peoples is grimmer.  Displaced Peoples (i.e., internally displaced peoples, refugees and forced migrants) continue to be disproportionally impacted by COVID-19. On 20 April 2020, President Donald J. Trump tweeted that he would be “signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States”. In France, a country with the fifth highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, homeless peoples are “fined for not staying indoors”.

In spite of the challenge faced by Displaced Peoples, some  efforts are being made by organizations such as UNICEF and the Zolberg’s Institute to ensure their protection.

Veronica Fynn Bruey and Steven Bender


According to UN Women, emerging data shows that since the outbreak of COVID-19, reports of violence against women, and particularly domestic violence, have increased in certain countries as security, health, and money worries create tensions and strains accentuated by the cramped and confined living conditions of lockdown. More information is available here.

Working in close coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will support countries to assess the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 and take urgent recovery measures to minimize long-term impact, particularly for vulnerable and marginalized groups. More information is available here.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says respect for human rights across the spectrum, including economic and social rights, and civil and political rights, will be fundamental to the success of the public health response. More information is available here.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) says the coronavirus pandemic endangers everyone on the planet, including refugees and other people displaced by conflict or persecution. More information is available here.

The International Chamber of Commerce in its Call to action to save Small and Medium Size Enterprise (SMEs) stated that governments should ensure tailored support for the most marginalized workers including women, migrant workers and refugees to avert worse-case scenarios of COVID-19. More information is available here.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on mobility both in terms of regimes for border and migration management, and the situation of all people on the move, including those displaced by conflict or disaster. More information is available here.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director, Henrietta Fore cautioned that COVID-19 will almost certainly gain foothold in refugee camps, crowded receptions centers, or detention facilities holding migrant families. Given how quickly the virus is spreading, such a scenario is looking imminent. More information is available here.

The World Bank, United Nations Educational (UNESCO), Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UNICEF, and theWorld Food Program (WPF) issued a new guideline for reopening schools stressing the exacerbated negative impact and disruption prolonged closure of schools can have on marginalized children which includes the forcibly displaced. More information is available here.

A joint statement by the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs, UNHCR, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and IOM marked the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (the Kampala Convention) on 23 October 2019. More information is here.

Lancet Migration Global Collaboration to advance migration health: Leaving no one behind in the COVID-19 pandemic is a call to urgent global action to include migrants and refugees in the COVID-19 response. More information is available here.

Human mobility and Human Rights in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Principles of protection for migrants, refugees, and other displaced persons. More information is available here.


LSA 2020 In-Person Annual Meeting Cancelled

On 20 March 2020, the Law and Society In-Person Annual Meeting was canceled and converted to a Virtual Conference expected to occur from 27 May to 31 May 2020.

IASFM 18 In-Person Annual Meeting Postponed

Due to current travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 virus, and uncertainties about when these restrictions will be lifted, the IASFM Executive Committee has taken the difficult decision to postpone the Ghana conference to July 26-29, 2021. If your paper or panel has been accepted, this acceptance will be carried over to next year.


The Journal of Internal Displacement—Call for Submissions

Theme: ‘A Crisis within a Crisis: Global Pandemics and Displacement’
Publication: January 2021 (Volume 11, Issue 1)
Submission Deadline: 1 September 2020

The Journal of Internal Displacement is now accepting submissions for its January 2021 (Volume 11, Issue 1). We are particularly interested in topics on global pandemics and displacement: SARS, Ebola, H1N1 and COVID 19. Download the Call for Paper here.

The Journal of Internal Displacement (ISSN 1920-5813 Online), established in 2009, is the only scholarly and inter-disciplinary platform for raising the profile of displaced populations through discussions, critical dialogue, emerging themes, reflections and explorations on a wide range of topics and regions around the globe. The JID promotes free and open access and does not charge authors for submissions. Visit our website to submit a paper or subscribe for free.

The Journal of Internal Displacement: Research Assistant Position

The Research Assistant will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief and assist the editorial team by researching, collecting, assessing data on institutions (e.g., libraries) and organisations (e.g., humanitarian agencies) interested in global displacement. The overall goal is to promote free and open access to the Journal Internal Displacement to help increase the JID’s impact factor. Download job ad here.

Call for Book Chapters

As the CRN 11 lead on the Research and Development Committee, I am planning to publish an international book on displaced children. I have already contacted potential publishers (e.g., Rowman & Littlefield). The book will attempt to engage academics, researchers, and specialists working on the topic of displaced peoples with a focus on displaced children globally. I am interested in papers concerning:

  • children rights
  • children with families
  • the right to home
  • displaced children
  • children in society
  • children and war
  • children and families of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS)
  • children and families during migration

The deadline for chapter proposal is 25 June 2020. Please send your proposal to and

Call For Members: Research and Development Committee

CRN 11 is currently recruiting members to join Magdalena Krystyna Butrymowicz who leads the Research and Development Committee. Those interested, please email Magdalena:

Call For Volunteers: Newsletter Editor

CRN 11 is currently recruiting volunteers to lead the Advertisement and Promotion Committee. Those interested, please send a cover letter and CV to

Interested in making the best use of your time during COVID-19 lockdown? Apply for the CRN11 newsletter editor position.  Submit a cover letter and CV to  and

Become a CRN 11 Research Collaborator

Interested in being a bona fide research collaborator with CRN 11? Email for details on how to apply.

Invitation to be a Guest Blogger for CRN 11

Do you have an interesting story to tell about internal and international migration and displacement? CRN 11 is eager to share your piece as a guest blogger for our monthly newsletter.  Please submit your stories to and

Call for Abstracts: APHA’s 2020 Annual Meeting

The International Health Section of the American Public Health Association has put out a special call for abstracts on the COVID-19 pandemic for the 2020 APHA Annual Meeting. Submission on the following themes are encouraged:

  • COVID-19 effects on the strength and resiliency of health systems
  • COVID-19 among displaced populations or in conflict settings
  • COVID-19 effects on NCDs (mental health, chronic conditions/comorbidities, etc.)
  • COVID-19 and human rights
  • COVID-19 and social determinants/marginalized populations
  • COVID-19 as a threat to and an opportunity for the integration of medical and public health systems
  • COVID-19 globalism, and the goals of global health

For more information contact, Jessica Keralis:

Call to Participate in LSA 2020 Virtual Conference

Despite the LSA 2020 face-to-face meeting cancellation, CRN 11 is calling on its members to kindly register and participate in the LSA 2020 Virtual Conference (probably via Zoom meetings). Here are some of the Program Committee Plans:

  • Paper sessions that allow panelists to deliver papers to an audience of interested participants, with those participants able to engage in meaningful ways – with a “chat” function, everyone can ask their question!
  • Plenaries will be available both live and recorded giving you an option to attend even if it’s scheduled at an inconvenient time.
  • Author Meets Reader sessions may be longer, allowing us to discuss more thoroughly the newest books in our field.
  • Professional development panels – on getting grants, publication, tenure, and other topics – available at the LSA web site all year long.

Since plans are underway and details are still sketchy, please do not hesitate to forward your questions to

Call for Publications: Quarantine Across Borders

Quarantine Across Borders: A call for blog/e-book entries of personal narratives, commentaries, and critical essays on immigrant, diasporic, borderland communities during the lockdown, quarantine, or shelter-in-place issued during the COVID-19 global pandemic. For more information contact Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian at or visit here.

Call for Papers: Improving Attention to Internal Displacement Globally

In February 2020, a new High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement appointed by the UN Secretary-General began work, preparing concrete and practical recommendations on improving the response to internal displacement, with particular attention to achieving solutions. It gives added momentum to existing initiatives, such as the GP20 process, launched on the 20th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement in 2018. The Refugee Survey Quarterly will publish a special collection to engage researchers, practitioners and policy-makers afresh by feeding into this public debate and to promote new insights and thinking on policy-oriented challenges and solutions to internal displacement. Deadline for submission is 5 July 2020. For more information, visit here.


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Job Opportunities. Deadline: Various

UNHCR is hiring international professional staff, vacancies. Deadline: Various

Rotary Peace Fellowship, Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers. Published date: 3 May 2020.

1325 and Beyond, An international essay competition. Deadline: 10 May 2020.

UN Women, Programme Analyst (Gender, Forced Migration and Trafficking). Deadline: 11 May 2020.

Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Kennan Institute, USA. Deadline: 15 May 2020.

GEMMA, Spain, Master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies 2020. Deadline: 15 May 2020.

University of Pannonia, Hungary, International Studies Master Program 2020. Deadline: 30 May 2020.

Sheffield Methods Institute PhD scholarships, UK. Deadline: 31 May 2020.

Birkbeck University of London, School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards for Master’s Students 2020. Deadline: 30 June 2020.

DePaul University, Part Time Faculty, Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Deadline: 30 June 2020.

D-Prize supports a new entrepreneurs who can distribute proven poverty interventions. Deadline: 13 July 2020.

Journal of Transient Migration – call for submission on Contemporary dynamics of the future of work, the platform economy and transient migrants. Deadline: 15 July 2020.

UQIDAR joint-PhD Program 2020, Australia and India, University of Queensland. Deadline: 31 December 2020.


Conflict Research Network West Africa

Conflict Research Network West Africa, Micro Dynamics of Armed Conflict and Political Violence in West Africa, 20-23 April 2020, Lagos State University, Lagos State, Nigeria.

International Conference at Universidad de la Salle

Boundaries of the Natural: Matter, Territory, Community (Limites de lo natural: Materia, Territorio, Comunidad), 28-30 May2020, Universidad de la Salle, Bogotá, Colombia.

Armenia and Byzantium Without Borders III

Armenia & Byzantium Without Borders III’ Austrian Academy of Sciences, 8–10 May 2020, Vienna, Austria.

ZEW Research Department

The Integration of Immigrants and Attitudes towards the Welfare State (IMES) group, a joint research group of ZEW Mannheim and the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim Workshop, Immigration, Integration and Attitudes, 5-6 June 2020, Mannheim, Germany.

Summer School – Central Eurasian Studies Society

Summer School – Innovations in Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction, 29 June – 3 August 2020, CEU, Hungary.

Colloque international de l’APAD 2020

Colloque international de l’APAD 2020, Les Circulations Dans le Sud Global: Ethnographies des échanges Mondialisés, 23-26 June 2020, l’ Université of Lomé, Togo. For more information contact:Elieth Eyebiyi ( and Johara Berriane (

Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza Universita di Napoli Federico II

The 2020 EULAB Summer School on Labour Migration in the European Union, 7-16 July 2020, Department of Law of the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.

VAD 2020

VAD 2020, Africa Challenges, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, 22-25 September 2020, Frankfurt, Germany.

Association of Commonwealth University Summer School

Association of Commonwealth University Summer School 2020, The Migration Generation? Climate, Youth and Refugees, 2-10 August 2020, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.

Utrecht University, The Netherlands: Connecting Europe Project

Utrecht University, The Netherlands and Connecting Europe Project Conference, Migrant Belongings: Digital Practices and the Everyday, 4-6 November 2020, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

German Historical Institute

Annual Academic and Policy Symposium, Contested Meanings of Migration Facilitation: Emigration Agents, Coyotes, Rescuers, and Human Traffickers, 16-17 November 2020, Washington, DC.

The Centre for History of the University of Lisbon

The Centre for History of the University of Lisbon, 11th Iberian African Studies, African Transits in the Global World: History and Memories, Heritage and Innovation, 21-23 January 2021, Lisbon, Portugal.

Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration, and Development

Visit the Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development, Maastricht University, The Netherlands for a list of events on Migration.


IOM, Migration Research Series No. 60 (2020).

IOM, International Migration Early View Articles (5 May 2020).

IOM, Migration Policy Practice (Volume X, Number 2 (April-June 2020).

Refugee Law Initiative, Blog on Refugee Law and Forced Migration (April 2020).

Julia Sachseder, Cleared for investment? The intersections of transnational capital, gender, and race in the production of sexual violence and internal displacement in Colombia’s armed conflict (3 March 2020).

Roberto Ariel Abeldano Zuniga and Javiera Fanta Garrido, Internal displacement due to disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean (15 February 2020).

Tanja Bastia and Ronald Skeldon, Routledge Handbook of Migration and Development (14 February 2020).

Sergio Parra Cely and Cotilde Mahe, Does internal displacement affect educational achievement in host communities? (January 2020).


Wired, For homeless people, COVID-19 is horror on top of horror (2 April 2020).

The Guardian, Slavery in New Zealand: Inside the story of the Samoan chief who abused power for profit (3 April 2020).

Fabio Teixeira, Olympic games building firm, cult added to Brazil’s slavery “dirty list” (3 April 2020).

Faras Ghani, Libya: Coronavirus outbreak could be “catastrophic” for migrants (4 April 2020).

Chantal da Silva, ICE faces criticism after sheriff’s department called on detainees refusing to work over coronavirus fears (4 April 2020).

Amnesty International, Qatar: Migrant workers tricked into detention then expelled during COVID-19 pandemic (15 April 2020).

IOM, COVID-19 Analytical Snapshots captures the latest information and analysis in a fast-moving environment (20 April 2020).

The Global Legal Action Network and the World Uyghur Congress, UK: Halt forced prison labour goods from China (23 April 2020).

Timour Azhari and Fidelis Mbah, Lebanon arrests suspects for putting Nigerian worker up “for sale” (23 April 2020).

Danica Jorden, COVID-19 sweeping through US immigrant farmworker and meatpacker ranks (23 April 2020).

Aidan McQuade and Ritwajit Das, COVID-19 poses new risks to India’s enslaved waste pickers (27 April 2020).

Borzou Daragahi and Bel Trew, “Living in absolute despair”: Coronavirus trapping domestic workers in virtual “slavery” (30 April 2020).

Freedom United, Petition to End Forced Labor in Qatar (1 May 2020).


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