Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to the CRN 11 May 2020 Newsletter: volume 2, Issue 5.

Systemic and Institutional racism, a chronic disease, entered a new era. Anti-racism solidarity protests, sparked by the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was pinned to the ground by a White police office kneeling on his neck, are sweeping across the world in defiance of a new surge in COVID-19 cases. In the United States alone, a total of two million cases and 115,644 deaths are reported; a quarter and half of all global cases and deaths confirmed, respectfully.

But the chronicity of structural racism across the world is not confined to police brutality, the criminal injustice system, or elite academic institutions, but alive and well in in literally every segment of society where there is racial diversity. Thus, the internally displaced peoples, especially those from the Global South, who “happen” to be Black and Brown peoples, are no exception.

Undisputedly, racism was the main cause of forced displacement during WWII, prompting the drafting of the 1951 Refugee Convention. Host countries’ relentless efforts to close their borders from displaced persons, migrants, refugees, and other immigrants, particularly those from war-torn countries in the Global South, are sustained by racism, xenophobia, and nationalism. Even after acceptance into a host country as a bona fide immigrant, displaced persons still face unending challenges of austerity measures, restrictive policies, detention, ill-treatment, violent attacks, and socio-economic discrimination. These challenges predispose displaced peoples to all forms of human rights abuses, including denial of protection and care for their basic needs.

Veronica Fynn Bruey and Steven Bender


Global Protection Cluster marks the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (GP20), with a multi-stakeholder 3-year plan: Plan of Action for Advancing Prevention, Protection and Solutions for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) 2018–2020. This Plan of Action centres around four priority issues identified at a 2017 IDP stakeholder meeting convened by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs: participation of IDPs; national laws and policies addressing internal displacement; data and analysis on internal displacement; and addressing protracted displacement and facilitating durable solutions. More information is available here.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) adopted Resolution 74/131 on 18 December 2019 during the seventy-fourth session of the General Assembly. Recalling the Organization of African Unity Convention governing the specific aspects of refugee problems in Africa of 1969 and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Resolution 74/131 “calls upon African States that have not yet signed or ratified the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa to consider doing so as early as possible in order to ensure its wider implementation …”. More information is available here.

On 21 May 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)signed a new agreement to strengthen and advance public health services for the millions of forcibly displaced people around the world. The agreement updates and expands an existing 1997 agreement between the two organizations. More information is available here.

Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), Rupert Colville, gave a press briefing on Yemen on 12 June 2020: He says, “We are alarmed at the desperate situation in Yemen, where the healthcare system is on the brink of collapse, and are fearful that countless lives will be lost not only to COVID-19 but as a result of malaria, cholera, dengue fever and other diseases. We urge international donors to provide immediate relief to help the millions who have already endured five years of warfare.” More information is available here.

A United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report found that COVID-19 measures will likely to lead to an increase in migrant smuggling and human trafficking in longer term. According to the report, COVID-19 travel and movement restrictions are not stopping the movement of people fleeing conflict, human rights abuses, violence and dangerous living conditions, while the economic consequences of the pandemic are likely to lead to an increase in smuggling of migrants and trafficking in person flows from the most affected countries to more affluent destinations. More information is available here.

On 4 June, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) delivered the first round of cash assistance to vulnerable migrants in Iraq who have lost their incomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the minimum expenditure basket, each individual received USD 182 to enable them to meet essential needs such as food, rent, and utilities. The recipients — Bangladeshi and Filipino nationals — were referred to IOM Iraq by their respective embassies. More information is available here.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) denounces the attack that killed 16 people, including five girls under the age of 15, on 3 June in Ituri Province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this attack on innocent children,” said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Representative in the DRC. “We call on all parties to respect the rights of women and children.” According to UN-verified reports, the attack took place in Moussa, a village in the Djugu area, north of the Ituri capital Bunia. More information is available here.

Statement by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the Killing of Health Workers in Somalia. “I am appalled by the abduction and execution of seven health workers at a health center in southern Somalia.”Targeting health care workers is an egregious violation of international law and can constitute a war crime. These heinous attacks interfere with fundamental protections of the right to health and the perpetrators must be held accountable.” More information is available here.


CINETS/Border Criminologies Conference Postponed Until 2021

The fifth biennial CINETS conference, a joint project of the CINETS research network and Border Criminologies, is postponed to 2021. It was originally scheduled for September 2020 at Lewis & Clark Law School, but will be held at Leiden University in 2021.



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: Deadline: Open

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 veronica.fynnbruey@tuki-tumarankeh.orgDeadline: Open

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 Deadline: Open

Become a CRN 11 Research Collaborator

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

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 Deadline: Open

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: 5 July 2020. For more information, visit here.

A Call for Papers: The Displacees and Health – A Challenging Issue in Society

Refugees or internally displaced people are faced with multiple crises from local to international levels in the arena of detention, deportation, fragility, sexual orientation, gender identity, out place experience, armed non-state actors, HIV/AIDS, security, conflict, climate change, education of future generation, ethical concerns, human rights, disability etc. All these issues spur from the basic question of life which is close to the living conditions and life as human beings.  This seems to challenge the existence of health of man as a refugee irrespective of gender, class and citizenship. For more information contact,

Call for Pool of Experts: International Association of Refugees and Migration Judges

The International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges (IARMJ) is mid-way through a four year Framework Contract with the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) for the review, update and further development of the Professional Development Series (PDS) for members of courts and tribunals. IARMJ has decided that the midpoint of this Framework Contract is the right time to seek to refresh the pool and to update the particulars of those already included in it. For more information, visit here.

Call for Participants: Advancing Young Scholars and Peacebuilders Careers

We are pleased to announce the call for participants for our project “Advancing Young Scholars and Peacebuilders Careers”. The project aims to strengthen the capacities and future prospects for young researchers and civil society activists from the whole Caucasus region. Within the project we will: (1) offer training on vital skills and input on relevant topics by international experts and scholars; (2) facilitate dialogue and networking among selected candidates; and (3) strengthen the visibility of the participants within the expert community and enable knowledge transfer from the Caucasus into international discourses. To achieve these objectives, the project consists of several components. Deadline: 26 June 2020. For more information, visit here.

Call for Contributions: Comparative Perspectives on Migration, Diversities and the Pandemic

The Comparative Migration Studies issued an open call for articles on the relation between migration and the pandemic. We are particularly interested in articles that take a comparative approach. Prospective papers might examine the consequences of the pandemic for migrants and mobility across different regions and/or jurisdictions; compare policy responses and their effects across different cases; and consider the long-term consequences of the pandemic with regard to questions of diversity.Deadline: 15 July 2020.


University of British Columbia, President’s Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award. Deadline: Ongoing.

Various University, Australian Awards Scholarships. Deadline: 30 June 2020.

Princeton University. Princeton Society of Fellows Fellowship Program in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2021-2024. Deadline: 4 August 2020/

University of Peace, Master of Laws in Transnational Crime and Justice. Deadline: 6 September 2020.

University of Pretoria, Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Program. Deadline: 31 August 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.


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 (Postponed)

Colloque international de l’APAD 2020, Circulations in the Global South: Ethnographic Explorations of Globalized Exchanges (Les Circulations Dans le Sud Global: Ethnographies des échanges Mondialisés), 08-11 December 2020, l’ Université of Lomé, Togo. For more information contact:

The 17th IMISCOE Annual Conference 2020

The 2020 IMISCOE annual conference is going online! Europe’s largest research network of migration and integration scholars and practitioners is coming together for its first online annual conference. The first online annual conference will take place on July 1 and 2, 2020.

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.

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.

The Migration Conference 2020

The Migration Conference Organizing Committee cordially invite you to submit abstract(s) to the 8th conference in the series which will take place on 9 to 11 September 2020, South East European University campus, Tetovo, North Macedonia.

The 6th International Conference on Conflict, Violence and Development

Due to the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the VI International Conference “Conflict, Violence and Development”, organized by the Institute of Social and Economic Studies (IESE) will take place on 15th  and 16th  September 2020, in Maputo,Mozambique.

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.

VAD 2020

The VAD Conference 2020, African Challenges, has been postpone to 02-05 June 2021, co-hosted by the European Conference on African Studies, African Futures, in Cologne Germany.

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.


Comparative Migration Studies, Volume 8, Number 4, Special Issue on Externalization at Work – Responses to Migration Policies from the Global South (2020).

Ov Cristian Norocel, Anders Hellstrom, and Martin Bak Jorgensen, Nostalgia and Hope: Intersections Between Politics of Culture, Welfare, and Migration in Europe (2020).

John Washington, The Dispossessed: A Story of Asylum and the US-Mexican Border and Beyond (20 May 2020).

Agata Blaszczyk, War and Resettlement: Polish Resettlement Camps in the UK after the Second World War. The experience of creating a settlement policy for Polish political refugees (May 2020).

GENIDA Research Network – INDCaP Project, Recommendations on Internal Displacement in Africa (May 2020). The submissions were coordinated by IDRP Senior Research Associates Dr Romola Adeola, Dr Beatriz Sanchez and Dr Hana Asfour(a JID Editorial Team Member), with support from Prof. David Cantor.

Middle East Research Network – INDCaP Project, Key Problems and Possible Solutions to Internal Displacement in the Middle East ( May 2020). The submissions were coordinated by IDRP Senior Research Associates Dr Romola Adeola, Dr Beatriz Sanchez and Dr Hana Asfour (a Journal of Internal Displacement Editorial Team Member), with support from Prof. David Cantor.

Latin America Research Network – INDCaP Project,  Main Problems and Possible Solutions from Latin America (May 2020). The submissions were coordinated by IDRP Senior Research Associates Dr Romola Adeola, Dr Beatriz Sanchez and Dr Hana Asfour(a JID Editorial Team Member), with support from Prof. David Cantor.

Romola Adeola, Climate Change, Internal Displacement and the Kampala Convention (May 2020).

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Migration, Displacement & Education: Building Bridges, Not Walls (2019).

Nazli Avdan, Visas and Walls: Borders Security in the Age of Terrorism (2019).

Javier S. Hidalgo, Unjust Borders: Individuals and the Ethics of Immigration (2019).

Margit Feischmidt, Ludger Pries, Celine Catat, Refugee Protection and Civil Society in Europe (2019).

Corporate Watch, The UK Border Regime: A Critical Guide, 2018

Jeffrey S. Kahn, Island of Sovereignty: Haitian Migration and the Borders of Empire (2018).

Nicola Mai, An Intimate Autoethnography of Migration, Sex Work, and Humanitarian Borders (2018).

Rimple Mehta, Women, Mobility and Incarceration: Love and Recasting of Self Across the Bangladesh-India Border (2018).

Ernesto Castaneda, A Place to Call Home: Immigrant Exclusion in New York, Paris, and Barcelona (2018).


Julia Conley, 47 UN Human Rights Experts Condemn US Support for Israel’s ‘Unlawful’ Annexation Plan (16 June 2020).

UNHCR, UNHCR and Twitter launch 2020 World Refugee Day emoji created by Ivorian artist O’Plérou (15 June 2020).

Peter Yeung, Democratic Republic of the Congo Gears Up to Fight 11th Ebola Outbreak (15 June 2020).

Reeda Al Sabri Halawi, Human Rights Violations of Refugee Populations in Lebanon Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak (12 June 2020).

IOM, Internally Displaced Persons Must Be “Agents of Their Own Solutions”: IOM Joins High-Level Discussion to Resolve Internal Displacement (11 June 2020).

Sylvia Nabanoba and Vanessa Zola, Restoring Sudan’s Forest Cover, One Tree at a Time (8 June 2020).

Maryla Klajn, Bordering the Biological Threat and the Questionable Logic of Poland’s “Closed Borders” Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (8 June 2020).

Alicia Alvarez Gill, Forests in Guatemala Find New Guardians: Refugees (5 June 2020).

Antonio Vitorino, IOM Director General Message on World Environment Day (5 June 2020).

International Organization for Migration, Partners Offer “Filter Hotel” to Migrants Needing Quarantine in Northern Mexico (5 June 2020).

Patricia Zengerle, U.S. Bill to Pressure China Over Uighur Rights Goes to Trump for Decision (27 May 2020).

Noahiko Omata, Many Refugees Living in Nairobi Struggle to Survive Because of COVID-19 (20 May 2020).

Camilo Montoya-Galvez, U.S. suspends protections for migrant kids at border, expelling hundreds amid pandemic (7 May 2020).

Trishna as told to Pallavi Pundir, Being Forced into Sex Trade as a Teenager was Devastating. But being Shamed for it Made it Worse (6 May 2020).

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, COVID-19: UNODC Warns of Increased Risks to Human Trafficking Victims (5 May 2020).

Deutsch Welle, Coronavirus Threatens Millions Displaced by Extreme Weather and Conflict (28 April 2020).

António Guterres, The Fury of the Virus Illustrates the Folly of War (23 March 2020).

Tasmasha Hussein, Power Talks (18 June 2019).

Rahaf Albalkhi, Power Talks (18 June 2019).


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