What’s in a Name? Policy, Evidence, and Responses in Global Refugee Crises
This panel seeks to examine global, national, and local immigration policies affecting refugees and migrants. International refugee policy set forth by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) specifies criteria that individuals must meet to obtain official refugee status. Decisions about whether or not migrants meet these criteria is firmly determined by evidence they provide, making question about what constitutes appropriate evidence vital. Furthermore, varying policies at the national level and policies of organizations such as the European Union add to the complexity of identifying, resettling, and ensuring proper care for refugees due to differing immigration apparatuses.
The implementation of current migration policies often diverges greatly among national and local governments, frequently affecting the provision of vital services to this population. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) likewise facilitate resettlement of refugees and often attempt to fill gaps left by governmental and international support; therefore, we must examine the policy and organizational structure of NGOs, and identify the disparities in policy and practice.
We welcome papers from both academic presenters and practitioners that critically analyze policies, praxes, and discourses affecting refugees and migrants from a variety of backgrounds and nations, including “traditional” refugees, asylum-seekers, unaccompanied minors, environmental migrants, economic migrants, victims of human trafficking, and migrants fleeing widespread violence who do not typically qualify as refugees.