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Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to the CRN 11 April-June 2021 Newsletter: Volume 3, Issue 2, the second quarterly issue of 2021, prepared by CRN 11 member and volunteer Dr. Azin Emami. We really hope you and your family are fully vaccinated as the number of cases seems to be declining where vaccines are available, although many countries are still struggling. According to the Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “[m]ore than 75% of all vaccines have been administered in just 10 countries”.

Sadly, Liberia, still recovering from 14-years of civil war, is not one of the ten countries where the COVID-19 cases are declining. Having survived the Ebola Virus Disease, Liberia is faced with yet another challenge as the COVID-19 cases rise quickly. According to the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francis Ketteh, the active confirmed cases in the country include 226 healthcare workers.

As you may know, there is an added vulnerability to being infected by the COVID-19 for displaced peoples including homeless peoples, Indigenous peoples, refugees, and internally displaced peoples (to name a few), hence the need to prioritise access to vaccines. Three of such populations include the children in the Tigray conflict in Ethiopia; Fulani settlers in Nigeria’s pastoralist-Farmers conflict; and students caught up in ongoing attacks by several Boko Haram’s factions in northeastern Nigeria.

In closing, we would like to express our support for survivors, families, loved ones, and friends of Aboriginal people (mostly children) buried in unmarked graves across Canada. Canada’s Residential School system forcibly displaced over 150,000 children in 150 institutions between 1870 and 1996.

In spite of the continuous challenge globally, CRN 11 is committed to advocating for the rights and protection of displaced peoples through this medium. Consider joining us today!

Veronica Fynn Bruey and Steven Bender


The ongoing repression of protests in Myanmar could spark a “full-blown conflict” on a par with Syria, the United Nations’ top human rights official warned on 13 April, urging States with influence to take immediate and impactful action to halt the “slaughter” of civilians. More information is available here.

On 28th May, UN humanitarians expressed deep concern on Friday about serious and ongoing abuses carried out against displaced civilians who are also facing dire food insecurity in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, after months of conflict. More information is available here.

On 18 June 2021, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today urging world leaders to step up their efforts to foster peace, stability and cooperation in order to halt and begin reversing nearly a decade-long trend of surging displacement driven by violence and persecution. More information is available here.

On 20 June, to mark World Refugee Day, General António Guterres announced that everyone has a duty to help refugees rebuild their lives after a particularly difficult year for so many. More information is available here.


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: Advertisement and Promotion Committee

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

Deadline: Open

Call For Volunteers: Newsletter Editor

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 quarterly newsletter.  Please submit your stories to and Deadline:Open


The Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation (CONREP). Publication Support Prize for Refugees. Deadline: 2 July 2021.

The Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation (CONREP). The Best Journal Article or Book Chapter Prize. Deadline: 2 July 2021.

The Urban Citizen Fellowship is established by the Municipality of Amsterdam and NIAS-KNAW to stimulate the use of advanced research in political deliberation and public policymaking for the city of Amsterdam. This unique co-sponsored fellowship offers researchers the opportunity to carry out research projects around the concepts of Inclusivity (2020), Democratization and Representation (2021) and Citizenship and Education (2022). Read More.

As part of its Mobility, Temporality and Africa’s Future Politics project, the African Centre for Migration & Society has just completed data collection on 1500+ domestic and international migrants and long term residents in Accra, Johannesburg, and Nairobi. The data explore the trans-local moral and material economies shaping place and politics in these cities’ rapidly transforming neighborhoods. It has generated some of the first data on how COVID has reshaped lives and livelihoods across African cities. Conducted in collaboration with Samuel Hall (Nairobi) and University of Ghana (Accra), the first phase analysis will also involve Columbia University’s Center for Spatial Research. From mid-2022, the data will be widely available for researchers and students.

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship at the Copenhagen Centre for Social Data Science (SODAS) at the University of Copenhagen as part of the ERC-funded project “DISTRACT: The Political Economy of Attention in Digitized Denmark.” Employment is scheduled to begin November 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. Read More.


Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS) Call for Proposals

The Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS) is accepting proposals for special issues. JRS is a peer-reviewed journal featuring original, high-quality research related to diverse aspects of forced migration. We welcome proposals that engage with and significantly advance scholarly debates in the field of refugee and forced migration studies. For more information on the Journal and its aims, please see here.

Date: 31 August 2021.

Research Consultancy: Refugee-Led Organizations in Asia Pacific

Recruit up to four research consultants, including researchers with ongoing or former experience of forced displacement, to produce pioneering research that helps to better understand the work and contributions of refugee-led organisations in Asia and the Pacific. This research project is funded by Act for Peace and is supported by several key stakeholders in the region, including the Asia Pacific Network of Refugees, the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network, and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney. For more details on the roles, see here.

Date: 31 July 2021.

Law and Society Annual Meeting 2021 Radboud Summer school: The Science Behind Migrant Inclusion Policies: Evidence-Based Policies and Policy-Based Evidence

Many migrants in receiving countries are facing disadvantaged living circumstances when compared to natives. In most Western countries, we observe economic inequality, inequality in access to information, healthcare, and housing. Moreover, there are increasing concerns that migrants and the ‘native’ population live separated lives and rarely meet and mingle. When migrant inclusion is hampered, this limits migrants to reach their own full potential. Moreover, the resulting inequalities and the lack of social cohesion can pose a threat to the wellbeing and prosperity of the receiving country as a whole. It is therefore no surprise that to curb the cons of migration and to capitalize on the pros, migrant policy makers and scientists alike strive for a better inclusion of migrants into host societies.

Date: 12 – 16 July 2021
Mode of study: On campus
Fee: € 550 
Scholarship available!

18th IMISCOE Annual Conference

Crossing Borders, Connecting Cultures  will be held 7-9 July 2021 in Luxembourg.

IASFM 18 (Updated)

The International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM18) Bi-annual conference:
Disrupting Theory, Unsettling Practice: Towards Transformative Forced Migration Scholarship and Policy, will be held 26-28 July 2021 at the University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.


Postdoctoral Associate in Law at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law  

The UF Law Race and Crime Center for Justice (RCCJ) is excited to announce its inaugural Postdoctoral Associate position.  The Center will focus on pressing national issues involving the impact of race on crime and justice. Policing, courts and corrections form the broad expanse of focal points for the Center’s work. As well, laws, criminal-legal policies, theories, and applications offer frameworks for the Center’s focus. The RCCJ will conduct research and produce scholarship with an eye towards policy application. The Postdoctoral Associate will work in collaboration with the Director, UF race scholars, and students, to establish and carry out a robust scholarly agenda.  This position provides a keen opportunity for a junior scholar to focus on critical race and crime issues and identify interdisciplinary and novel policy responses. More information is available here.

Lecturer in Politics and International Studies

Do you have a clear commitment to creating and delivering an excellent student experience in a research-intensive Russell Group university? Are you interested in teaching and scholarship with opportunities for progression and promotion? Do you have a background in Politics, International Studies or a related discipline?

The School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is a leading international department for creative and high-quality teaching. As such we intend to make a number of new lectureship appointments of scholars who are committed to pursuing a career specialising in teaching and scholarship. These posts provide the opportunity to teach in an ambitious school focused on challenge-led research and education. They provide in particular the opportunity to teach in a school which is developing curricula to deliver, in alignment with its strategic vision to study and teach the politics of global challenges, a diverse, inclusive, decolonial and digitally informed student experience.

The lectureships will afford successful candidates the opportunity to conduct ongoing scholarship work in areas that may include innovations in blended learning, construction of student placement opportunities and/or the pursuit of pedagogic projects. We are looking to recruit scholars who wish to develop an extended career focused on teaching and scholarship, supported through opportunities for progression and promotion. Crucially we seek candidates who are flexible, pro-active, and capable of providing both students and fellow staff with strong support. Further information is available here.


New paper: Sustaining the Private Sponsorship of Resettled Refugees in Canada’

Based on an original qualitative study, this paper probes how voluntary sponsorship has been sustained over decades, despite the high personal and financial costs it entails, by analyzing the insights of those who have experienced sponsorship: former refugees who came through the program, long-term sponsors, key informants, and other community leaders. Access the piece here.

New paper: ‘Migrant Smuggling in Africa: Challenges Yet to Be Overcome’

This paper focuses on the plight of the smuggling of migrants in Africa. Migrant smuggling has been documented along at least five major and several more minor routes in Africa. This study investigates whether current legislation and policies are effective in curbing the practice of smuggling in Africa. To evaluate the success rate of these measures, the author compares figures over recent years to establish whether there has been a decrease in the number of migrants smuggled throughout the various regions of the continent. Access the piece here.

New dynamic webpage: IOM

The International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) flagship publication has launched a dynamic new webpage that connects fact-based narratives on migration with interactive data visualizations on some of the latest global migration data and information. It is the first microsite of its kind since the World Migration Report (WMR) series began more than two decades ago. Read more here.


BBC, Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict: Street Celebrations as Rebels Seize Capital ( 29 June 2021)

UN News, Hospitals Barely Functioning, Famine Still Looming in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region ( 29 June 2021)

The New York Times, Unmarked Graves at Residential Schools in Canada: What We Know (25 June 2021)

The Guardian, Canada Discovers 751 Unmarked Graves at Former Residential Schools (24 June 2021)

Reuters, Northeast Nigeria Insurgency Has Killed Almost 350,000, UN ( 24 June 2021)

Reuters, Boko Haram Militants Kill 8 in Southeastern Niger, Says Defense Ministry ( 30 June 2021)

The Guardian, Migrants Forced to Wait Four Years for Benefits in Australian Budget’s Biggest Cost-Cutting Measure (11 May 2021))

CBS News, Biden’s First 100 Days: How US Immigration Policy Has and Hasn’t Changed (28 April 2021)

AP, Rights Groups Slam Denmark’s ‘Dangerous’ Decision to Return Syrian Refugees (9 April 2021)

Infomigrants, Mediterranean Sea: Charity Says Migrants Stranded in ‘Critical’ State, (3 April 2021)

Arab News, From Ethiopia to Yemen, a Perilous Migrant Route to Endless Misery (3 April 2021)

The New Humanitarian, What’s Behind the UK’s Harsh Post-Brexit Asylum Overhaul? (11 May 2021)

Reuters, Kenya Orders Closure  of Two Refugee Camps, Gives Ultimatum to UN Agency (24 March 2021)

Infomigrants, Syrian Refugees Tortured by Lebanese Security Forces: Amnesty (24 March 2021)

Scientific American, Biden Pushes U.S. and the World to Help Climate Migrants ( 8 February 2021) 


Displaced Peoples (CRN11) newsletter is published quarterly.  The newsletter is a venue for sharing information regarding displaced peoples, broadly defined. Your contribution to the newsletter is crucial to its sustenance, success and quality. To contribute to the newsletter, please contact Veronica Fynn Bruey, Steven Bender and Azin Emami:, To subscribe or unsubscribe visit CRN 11 Displaced Peoples.






Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to the CRN 11 July 2020 Newsletter: volume 2, Issue 7.

Society is conflicted with when and how to reopen schools in the middle of COVID-19. While schools in South America, Europe, and Asia are gradually beginning to reopen, some leaders are politicizing  the process, while others lack a public health safety measure to prevent the ongoing spread of the virus. Central to this ongoing debate is equitable access to quality education for displaced children. What will reopening schools look like for internally displaced and refugee children living on camps?

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees states that the schooling of 1.6 billion children and youths around the world has been disrupted due to COVID-19. For displaced children this disruption not only affects access to education but also the suspension of meals programs which could also affect their nutrition and health status.

In many instances, displaced children are denied access to education by their host countries. According to Human Rights Watch, approximately half of the  1.5 million school-aged Syrian refugee children living in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon do not have access to formal education. Notwithstanding, it is the resilience of displaced children that must be highlighted.

In Dadaab, home to over 200,000 refugees, community radio is being used to help children learn. The idea of distance learning for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is being explored. In Gaza Strip, after five months locked down and 78 cases of COVID-19, hundreds of thousands of children returned to school on 8 August 2020.

With such zeal and determination, we support and continue to advocate for equal access to quality education of displaced children globally.

Veronica Fynn Bruey and Steven Bender


The United Nations’ Secretary-General’s Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Lebanon on 10 August 2020 calls for robust international support for all people in need in Lebanon, especially women and girls who are most vulnerable in times of crisis. The Secretary General further stated that it is important that a credible and transparent investigation determine the cause of the explosion and bring about the accountability demanded by the Lebanese people. More information available here.

The United Nations’ Secretary-General’s message on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August 2020 highlights the devastating impact COVID-19 has on more than 476 million Indigenous Peoples worldwide. Acknowledging their extraordinary resilience, the Secretary General enumerated the entrenched inequalities and stigmatization that Indigenous Peoples face. They include but not limited to, encroachment on their territories by illegal miners and loggers; threats and violence; and inadequate access to healthcare, clean water and sanitation. More information available here.

On 6 August 2020, in a video message to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, the United Nations Secretary General stated that even Seventy-five years after a single nuclear weapon caused unspeakable death and destruction upon Hiroshima, the effects linger to this day. He warned that a world without nuclear weapons seems to be slipping further from our grasp as a web of arms control, transparency and confidence-building instruments established during the Cold War and its aftermath is fraying. He admonished that the division, distrust and a lack of dialogue has threatened to return the world to unrestrained strategic nuclear competition. Therefore, he repeated his to call for States to return to a common vision and path leading to the total elimination of nuclear weapons. More information available here.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees released a statement on the death of a transgender asylum seeker in Guatemala. According to the UN Refugee Agency, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and related movement restrictions, violence and persecution against people on the basis of their gender and sexual orientation continues unabated. Giovanni Bassu, the UNHCR Regional Representative for Central America and Cuba, said: “We express our deep condolences to the family and loved ones of this woman who was trying to rebuild her life in Guatemala after being forced to flee her country due to violence and persecution.” More information available here.

On 10 August 2020, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) released an employer guidance for measures to protect migrants during COVID-19. Migrant workers are susceptible to job loss, salary cuts, and various health and safety concerns. Unlike local populations, migrant workers often are far from family support networks. They face language and/or cultural barriers and often lack social protection. Many suffer from discrimination. Meanwhile, overseas economies that rely on financial contributions from migrant workers—especially low- and middle-income countries—face a steep decline in cross-border remittances. In response, ICC and IOM have published a set of guidelines for employers highlighting the private sector’s role in addressing the specific challenges of migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information available here.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund press release on 6 August 2020, some 80,000 children are displaced due to the Beirut explosion. According to UNICEF’s latest information: 1) there are numerous reports of children who have been separated from family members, some of whom are still missing; 2) at least 12 primary healthcare facilities, maternal, immunization and newborn centres in Beirut have been damaged, impacting services for nearly 120,000 people; 3) a children’s hospital in the Karantina area, which had a specialized unit treating critical newborns, was destroyed, inter alia. More information available here.


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 Papers 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.

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
Deadline: 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


International Fund for Agricultural Development, Call for Nominations – Indigenous Peoples Awards 2020. Deadline: 20 August 2020.

University of South Australia, Scholarships for International Applicants 2020-2021. Deadline: 31 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.

American University in Cairo, Graduate School of Education Fellowships 2020 – 2021. Deadline: 03 November 2020.

University of British Columbia, Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2020 – 2021. Deadline: 13 November 2020.

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

La Trobe University, International Scholarships 2021. Deadline: 31 December 2020.

Near East University, Scholarship Programs 2020-2021. Deadline: 31 December 2020.

Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Scholarships Program 2020-2021. Deadline: 31 December 2020.

Trinity University, International Student Financial Aid 2020. Deadline: 15 February 2021.


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.

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 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.

Freedom Network USA Human Trafficking Conference

The 2021 Freedom Network USA Human Trafficking Conference, 25-26 March 2021, Washington DC, USA.

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.


Sudha Rajput, Internal displacement and conflict: The Kashmiri Pandits in comparative perspective (25 August 2020).

Christian Lehmann, Aiding refugees, aiding peace? (09 July 2020).

Katharine M. Donato and Elizabeth Ferris, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Special Issue on Refugees and immigrant integration: Unpacking the research, translating it into policy (01 July 2020).

Diego Esparza, Jessica Lucas, Erique Martinez, et al., Movement of the people: Violence and internal displacement (06 June 2020).

Alexander Betts, Naohiko Omata, Olivier Sterck, The Kalobeyei Settlement: A self-reliance model for refugees? (13 April 2020).

Onur Altindag and Neeraj Kaushal, Do refugees impact voting behavior in the host country? Evidence from Syrian refugee inflows to Turkey (01 January 2020).


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Floods drive over 650,000 Somalis from their homes in 2020 7 August 2020.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, IOM, UNHCR mourn death of 27 people off West African coast (7 August 2020).

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Refugee Olympian Yiech Pur Biel named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador (4 August 2020).

John Oliver, Last Week Tonight: China and Uighurs (26 July 2020).

AFP, Refugee author Behrouz Boochani granted asylum in New Zealand (24 July 2020). Read more at:

Dana Feldman, Netflix’s ‘Stateless’: Why this should be on everyone’s to-watch list (20 July 2020)

Michael Fox, Indigenous mothers in Brazil mourning their children’s deaths seek closure (10 July 2020).

Leonardo Benassatto and Adriano Machado, Brazil military moves to protect Indigenous Peoples from COVID-19 deep in Amazon Forest (30 June 2020).

International Organization for Migration, COVID-19: Policies and Impact on Seasonal Agricultural Workers (27 May 2020).

Aljazeera, Yanomami Indigenous teen with coronavirus dies in Brazil (10 April 2020).


Displaced Peoples (CRN11) newsletter is published monthly.  The Newsletter is a venue for sharing information regarding displaced peoples, broadly defined. Your contribution to the monthly newsletter is crucial to its sustenance, success and quality. To contribute to the Newsletter, please contact Veronica Fynn Bruey and Steven Bender: and To subscribe or unsubscribe visit CRN 11 Displaced Peoples.