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World Refugee Day: Broadening the Conversation about Forced Displacement
In everyday language, the term “refugee” is often used to refer simply to a person who has been forced to leave their home. But under current international law, the word is much more narrowly defined. It describes only people who have been forced from the borders of their country because they face persecution for belonging to a particular kind of group. This definition excludes people who are 1) internally displaced (i.e., displaced inside the boundaries of their country); 2) forced to leave home due to climate impacts or natural hazards; and 3) fleeing war and generalized violence that do not take the form of identity-based persecution. Yet these are some of the leading forms of involuntary displacement around the globe today.

Clearly, it is time to broaden the conversation about forced displacement. By the latest count, the United Nations estimates that millions of people around the world are in involuntary exile from their homes. This includes people facing classic forms of identity-based persecution, but it also includes people displaced by climate effects (including sea-level rise and increasingly severe storms), other natural hazards, war, and generalized violence.

Our webinar for World Refugee Day draws the connections between these different kinds of forced displacement and seeks to broaden our understanding to reflect the full scope of the problem—and what individuals and governments should do about it.

Speakers :

Salai Za Uk Ling, Chin Human Rights Organization, Burma
Guerline M. Jozef, Haitian Bridge Alliance, United States
Alberto Argüelles, Asylum Access Mexico, Mexico
Dr. Zsolt Szekeres, Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Hungary

Jun 21, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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