FMIP contributes to Forced Migration Review

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Special issues of Forced Migration Review ‘Innovation and Refugees’ focuses on eleven contributions from the Humanitarian Innovation Conference (held in Oxford in July 2014), and reflects some of the thinking and current manifestations behind the humanitarian innovation for displaced people. FMIP contributed an article (pg 16) on Resettlement and Livelihoods innovation in the US.

FMIP Director Interviewed by Dallas TV Station: “Border Crisis: Immigrants or Refugees? Why it Matters”

Dr. Faith Nibbs was interviewed on July 12 by WFAA-TV (Ch. 8-ABC) in Dallas about issues related to the influx of unaccompanied children at the Texas-Mexico border. To see the full interview, click here. One aspect of the humanitarian crisis that seemed to surprise the interviewer is the issue of refoulement, the forcing back of people to their place of origin where they are expected to face persecution or threats to life and liberty on the basis of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group. Refoulement is a breach of international law, Dr. Nibbs noted.

FMIP Director Presents at UNHCR Annual Consultations With NGOs in Geneva

FMIP Director Dr. Faith Nibbs is a presenter at the UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs in Geneva June 17-19. Dr. Nibbs will present at the International Conference Center Geneva (ICCG) as part of a panel entitled, “Achieving Self-Reliance: Paving the Way for Safe, Lawful and Sustainable Livelihoods.”

In her presentation, Dr. Nibbs argues that refugee work rights are vital, but notes that access to safe, lawful employment should not be a goal in and of itself if having that right leads to the creation of a new underclass of exploited peoples with diminished financial resources and long-term dependence.

UNHCR has been holding annual consultations with its NGO (non-governmental organization) partners for more than a quarter-of-a-century. The gathering in Geneva has evolved from a one-day meeting where NGOs prepared for their interventions at the annual meeting of UNHCR’s governing Executive Committee to three days of dialogue on a wide variety of subjects of interest to NGOs and UNHCR.

The conference gets bigger every year, with more than 350 representatives and some 200 organizations from around the world attending the consultations. Participants include representatives of small and large, national and international assistance and advocacy organizations (including those specialized in resettlement). Sister UN agencies also attend.

It provides an important forum for NGOs to raise issues, network and exchange views with UNHCR. Typical topics for discussion include human rights; urban refugees; the shrinking of humanitarian space; refugee law; post-primary education for teenagers and youth; internally displaced people; protection of women and children at risk; regional issues; and monitoring of refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in detention.