Forced migration (7)

Dates and venue : April 10 to 14, 2017 in Barcelona

Forced migration training course (7)

Migration, whether forced displacement or economic migration of the poorest, is often a major factor in either escaping from poverty, persecution and danger and/or moving into yet more dangerous situations. In search of livelihoods and safety, people often become victims of smugglers or traffickers. Students are given an enhanced awareness and understanding of the complex interaction between migration and humanitarian interventions from the point of view of the migrant, the authorities of the host be it the national or recipient region or country, and the humanitarian worker. This course is held in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Forced migration is one of the most significant characteristics of humanitarian crises. It is both a result and a source of suffering and it drives many of the subsequent features of complex emergencies: infectious disease, lack of water and sanitation; malnutrition, unemployment and many others. As well as these vulnerabilities, in search of livelihoods and safety, migrants become vulnerable to smugglers, traffickers and many other abusers. Beyond even these threats, the experience of displacement is deeply disruptive to affected people’s social world and their fundamental sense of self.
This course equips aid workers, government officials, military personnel and other professionals with the tools necessary to work effectively in situations involving migrants and refugees. Students are given an enhanced awareness and understanding of the complex interaction between migration and humanitarian interventions from the point of view of the migrant, national authorities, and the humanitarian worker.
Participants will gain knowledge of the theory and principles of forced migration and explore the reality of their practical application through a combination of case studies and group exercises. This course is held in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Define and articulate the causes and results of forced migration.
  • Explain the relationship between migration and humanitarian aid.
  • Identify push and pull factors of migration.
  • Understand the psychosocial implications of migration.
  • Critically examine academic and media representations of migrants and the narratives associated with displacement.

Organized by

The Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC) jointly with the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) and the Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University, USA.

CIHC-IIHA courses are held yearly in several locations worldwide, such as New York, Berlin, Geneva, Istanbul, Barcelona, Nairobi and Penang in Malaysia, and all of them are part of the curriculum for the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance offered by Fordham University in New York. Students can take different courses individually or as part of the International Diploma program.

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