Migration & Refugee Activities
The MIT Working Group on Migration and Development. Conversations about globalization and development have focused on foreign aid, foreign direct investment, and transnational production, but migration, the movement of people across national borders, is a phenomenon that is just as important to economic development as these factors, if not more so. The monies alone that international migrants sent home last year topped $100 billion -- double the total amount of international aid. For many newly industrialized countries, international migration has become not only an essential source of capital, but also of the complementary building blocks for development, like technical knowledge and learning transfer and the social networks that serve as the infrastructure for transnational production and exchange. The economic, political and social impact of such potentially large immigrant inflows have prompted much debate and analysis in advanced industrial countries (the receiving end). The academic literature and empirical evidence on the ways that migration affects sending states is exceedingly sparse. This working group, composed of faculty and graduate students, seeks to fill this gap.
of migration-related courses at Boston-area
The Migration and Immigrant Integration Workshop was formed by graduate students in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University in Fall 2001. The primary purpose of the workshop is to circulate works-in-progress in order to elicit feedback and suggestions for improving scholarly work such as dissertation chapters or proposals, journal article submissions, interview schedules, and conference papers. The workshop and email list also serve as a means to disseminate information about data sources, recent publications of interest, and immigration-related events in Boston and around the country. Participation by graduate students and faculty from various academic disciplines is welcome and encouraged.
The International Institute of Boston is an affiliate of Immigrant and Refugee Services of America (IRSA), the largest non-sectarian network of immigrant and refugee resettlement service providers in the U.S. IIB is also a United Way organization and an equal opportunity service provider.
Refugees and Forced
Migration Program is jointly sponsored by the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and the Feinstein International Famine Center at Tufts
University. The R&FMP is an academic and field-oriented program that
seeks to increase knowledge and understanding of forced migration by examining
the socio-economic, security, and political problems confronting forced
migrants and those who try to help them. The R&FMP promotes research
on the livelihoods and education of forced migrants, and documents and
records their experiences. The R&FMP is directed by Karen Jacobsen.
on Humanitarian Studies and Field Practice is a collaborative certificate program offered by the Harvard School of Public Health, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and the School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and MIT. The program allows graduate students pursuing a degree at one of the partner institutions to incorporate certificate requirements into their graduate program studies. The core requirements provide a solid foundation in humanitarian studies, while allowing for flexibility based on individual background and interest. A critical component of the program is a three-month, supervised field placement in which students gain practical experiences in humanitarian response. Students also take part in a weekly skills seminar and a weekend-long simulation of a humanitarian crisis.
Harvard Law School Immigration
and Refugee Clinic enables students to receive training in immigration
and refugee casework and with clients, and to work on policy and research
in the area of refugee law. The clinic focuses on refugee cases, especially
those of women fleeing gender-based human rights violations. The program
is directed by Deborah Anker, who teaches a related clinical seminar.
Program on Human Rights and Justice - a joint venture between the MIT Center for International Studies and MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning – is a new, inter-disciplinary program for teaching, research and application in human rights. Its aim is to advance the study of and action on issues of human rights and justice, especially as related to science, technology, and the global economy. PHRJ is the first program in the US with a specific focus on these cutting edge issues.
Carr Center for Human Rights
Policy at the Kennedy School of Government is a research, teaching, and training program that critically examines the policies and actions
of governments, international organizations, and independent actors that affect the realization of human rights around the world. The Carr Center holds a monthly film series, a weekly speaker series, and periodic conferences and workshops. It has created a research seminar with fellows, developed case studies, and is offering fall and spring courses in human rights policy. The Center also has a major book series as well as a working papers series.
The Fletcher School offers a number of courses in international migration, refugee/forced migration issues and international human rights law, including specialized seminars on self-determination and minority rights, nationalism, rule of law, transitional justice, and the laws of war. The Center
for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, created in 2000, is engaged in several informal research programs that address the intersection and overlap of these two disciplines. These have included projects on building bridges between the two professional communities, negotiating self-determination, evaluating transitional justice initiatives, and imagining co-existence in post-conflict societies (the last-mentioned funded by UNHCR). The Center also occasionally sponsors speakers and hosts small meetings of human rights and conflict resolution practitioners to discuss contemporary conflicts in which both are actively involved.
The Joint Faculty
Seminar on Political Development (JOSPOD) is co-sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. JOSPOD will not meet during the 2005-2006 academic year. For future information search for JOSPOD on the Harvard and MIT websites.
Managing inter-communal conflict and violence is critical to national and international security in today's world. Societies are becoming more diverse, and many more countries are facing ethnic, religious, cultural, and social conflicts. The globalization of such conflicts is also increasing. There is a crucial need to bring greater professional expertise and creative leadership to bear upon the challenges posed by these conflicts. The Master's Program in Coexistence and Conflict at Brandeis University is intended to meet these challenges by providing students with a solid grounding in both the theories of contemporary coexistence work and the professional skills to design and implement successful interventions that enable divided peoples to live together more equitably, respectfully, and peacefully. While designed for early and mid-career professionals who work, or aspire to work, within governments, the Brandeis master's program also helps professionals working in related fields such as security and diplomacy, aid and development, human rights, education, and the promotion of democracy and civil society.
Fellowship program at Harvard Law School provides students with
an opportunity to work in international public service
for the summer within governments of developing nations and those making
difficult transitions to peace and democracy, as well as the inter-governmental
and non-governmental organizations that support them. The program not
only allows law students to offer their skills to governments and organizations
engaged in critical work, but also enables Fellows to gain first-hand
experience with the complex issues faced by societies in development
or transition. Since Chayes Fellowships are international in nature,
it is expected that most placements will occur with organizations based
outside of the United States. However, in some cases it will be acceptable
for a Fellow to work in the US if the placement is with an organization
that has an international scope, such as the United Nations or the World
Boston Network on International Development: a non-profit organization for groups and individuals in the Boston area who are concerned with issues of international development and global justice. The purpose of this web site is to put individuals and groups into contact with one another. For example...
Migration & Refugee Resources
Events: Organizations wishing to post events (conferences, talks, concerts, fundraisers, et al.) and persons wishing to find out about what's going on. By signing up as a member you can choose to receive weekly email reminders of events in the Boston area, according to your interest.
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Organizations: Individuals looking for organizations who are working on a particular issue, or organizations looking for like-minded organizations in the Boston-area.
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Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty (DRC) at
the University of Sussex was established in June of 2003 in recognition
of the complex relationship between migration and poverty. It aims
which poor people themselves are most represented and how migration impacts
variously on their livelihoods, rights and levels of social protection.
The DRC is a partnership of eight
institutions in five countries - Bangladesh, Ghana, Albania, Egypt
and the UK.
Migration Online (FMO) provides instant access to a wide variety
of online resources dealing with the situation of forced migrants worldwide.
Designed for use by practitioners, policy makers, researchers, students
or anyone interested in the field, FMO aims to give comprehensive information
in an impartial environment and to promote increased awareness of human
displacement issues to an international community of users. They offer
guide to forced migration for visitors who are new to
Policy Institute (MPI) is an independent, non-partisan,
non-profit think-tank in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the study of the
movement of people worldwide. MPI provides analysis, development, and
evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national,
and international levels. It aims to meet the rising demand for pragmatic
and thoughtful responses to the challenges and opportunities that large-scale
migration, whether voluntary or forced, presents to communities and institutions
in an increasingly integrated world.
Conference on Migration (RCM) is a multilateral regional forum
on international migration in which countries with varying migration
perspectives - based on experiences involving situations of origin,
transit, and destination - address an issue of common interest. Member
States of the RCM are: Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic,
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the
United States. Observer states must be geographically part of the
Virtual Library on Migration and Ethnic Relations objective is
to create a superlative and easy to use guide that thoroughly catalogues
in an organised and meaningful way, quality web resources on ethnic
relations and migration topics. The WWW VL on Migration and Ethnic
Relations is part of the much larger World
Wide Web Virtual Library project.
for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit
research organization founded in 1985. It is the nation's only think
tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic,
social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on
the United States.
of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established
on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The
agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to
protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary
purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It
strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum
and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return
home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.
The website contains images, maps, current news and links to official
documents and reference materials.
European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations is
a European research centre with a strong interest in comparative
research in the fields of international migration, ethnic relations,
racism and ethnic conflict within the European context. We are based
at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
Hamburg Institute of International Economics in Germany publishes
a searchable database of documents related to research in the field
of international migration, including recent press releases about
Migration Information Source provides authoritative data from
numerous global organizations and governments and global analysis
of international migration and refugee trends. The Source offers
analytical tools, vital data, and essential facts on the movement
of people worldwide, as well as information on current migration
Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University
of California, San Diego is an interdisciplinary, multinational research
and training program devoted
to comparative work
on international migration and refugee movements. Its primary missions
are to conduct comparative (especially cross-national) and policy-oriented
research, train academic researchers, students, and practitioners, and
disseminate research conducted under its auspices to academics, policymakers,
and NGOs through research seminars, conferences, publications, the internet,
and the mass media.