Friday, December 9, 2011
The CFMS Summer Institute is a six-day, non-degree earning seminar intended for researches, policy makers, academics and practitioners working in issues of forced migration, resettlement and humanitarian assistance.
Resettlement has long been one of the durable solutions for refugees. While there have been large-scale resettlements to the US and Northern States over the past few decades, most refugees are hosted and will remain in the world’s poorest countries; countries that lack the capacity or will to absorb refugees, do not have established asylum systems, and in which refugees have little access to most of the rights and protection mechanisms enshrined in international refugee and human rights laws. The theme ‘unsettling resettlement’ offers a framework under which to explore these rights and the protection of the world’s refugees.
The curriculum of the CFMS Summer Institute will address ideas of global burden-sharing, the role of UNHCR and other NGOs, access to legal representation, refugee mental health, and current resettlement systems; all within the greater discussion and study of the sociological, political and historical context in which refugee situations are created and addressed. Through lectures, focused discussions, workshops and simulation exercises, the Institute held at Northwestern University's campus in Evanston, IL, will provide a forum to exchange ideas, build relationships, develop new approaches and policy recommendations and learn about new developments in the field.