Clearing 2021
Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network

Virtual Academic Conference

70 Years Protecting People Forced to Flee

The Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network’s Secretariat, chaired by the University of Essex and UNHCR, hosted the virtual academic conference "70 years protecting people forced to flee", from 18-27 January 2021.

 

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The conference brought together practitioners, international organizations and humanitarian actors, civil society and academics to discuss:

  • academic contributions towards the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees
  • what does protection for the forcibly displaced mean today
  • what does achieving solutions mean, especially in protracted displacement
  • the work with local and whole-of-society actors

The Conference also mobilized support for the Aiming Higher Crowdfunding Campaign: 70 crowdfunded refugee scholarships in commemoration of 70 years of protection.

The Conference demonstrated unique contributions from academia to burden and responsibility sharing, protection and solutions for refugees, as well as how academic research can inform policy making, programme implementation and evidence-based decision-making.

Who's involved?

Eleven academic institutions with expertise on forced displacement to co-host twenty expert panels across North and Latin America, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, West and Central Africa, Southern Africa, Asia and Pacific, and East and Horn of Africa & Great Lakes region:

Attendees listen to speeches at the Global Compact on Refugees meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York. © UNHCR/Andrew Kelly)
Attendees listen to speeches at the Global Compact on Refugees meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York. © UNHCR/Andrew Kelly

Opening and closing sessions

What does protection for the forcibly displaced mean today?

 What does “seeking permanent solutions’’ mean today?

 Research Priorities in International Protection 

Research Priorities on Burden and Responsibility Sharing

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Regional Sessions: 70 Years protecting people forced to flee

19 January 2021

On 19 January 2021, eight regional sessions took place in the East and Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, Europe and Latin America

East and Horn of Africa Sessions: 

The Role of Connected Learning in Advancing Protection Efforts

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Can the Global Compact ease East Africa’s refugee burden?

Southern Africa Sessions:

Strategies on Refugee Protection in Southern Africa

Local Integration of Refugees: the Southern African experience

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Europe Sessions:

Developing protection from the outset.

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Unpacking EU Asylum Policy in light of The UN Global Compact on Refugees: The Impacts of Containment on Trust and Refugee Protection.

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Latin America Sessions: Contributions from the Cartagena Regime: International Protection, Durable Solutions and Challenges.

Part 1 – International Protection

Part 2 – Durable Solutions and New Challenges

21 January 2021

On 21 January 2021, eight regional sessions took place in Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, West and Central Africa and North America.

Asia Pacific Sessions:

The Rohingya refugee crisis: Reflections from the region

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 Re-examining displacement in the context of disasters and climate change

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Middle East and North Africa Sessions:

Legal and Policy Frameworks in Refugee Hosting Countries: Perspectives from the MENA region
International Cooperation in the face of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

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West and Central Africa Sessions: 

West and Central Africa
Refugee Protection in West and Central Africa: Legal and Policy Frameworks, Solutions, and Challenges
Partnerships for Managing Protracted Displacement in West Africa

North America Regional Sessions:

Realizing protection and solutions within North America

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North America within the global refugee regime

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Accessibility

If you would like to request any of the documentation on this page in an accessible format, please email us at: secretariat@essex.ac.uk.

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