Refugee Crises and Human Rights | Newberry

Refugee Crises and Human Rights

Africa and the Middle East
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Galya Ruffer, Northwestern University
Full, wait list available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Over 59.5 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes on account of conflict, persecution and environmental disasters as of the end of 2014, the highest number on record. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Global Trends Report, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, it would be the world’s 24th biggest. In this seminar we will focus on refugee crises in Africa and the Middle East and explore the ways in which the international human rights regime addresses the causes and consequences forced migration. We will examine protection needs from the perspectives of refugees, their survival strategies, responses and adaptation taking into consideration that the different root causes of displacement and their ‘locations’ lead to different national and international policies and humanitarians responses. We will consider how the human rights framework can better address the continuum of crisis migration where initial temporary displacement may becomes protracted, internal movements can spill across borders and crises and displacement situations can give rise to other forms of migration such as search for work, migration to cities, irregular and mixed movements, and where closed borders lead to trafficking and smuggling.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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