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Forced Migration

The Humanitarian Challenge of the Decade

In recent years, numbers of people forcibly displaced from their homes have reached record highs. More people than ever flee political conflict and persecution, poverty, and climate change-related disasters. In search of livelihoods and safety, migrants find themselves at risk of becoming victims of smugglers or traffickers. In light of an ongoing humanitarian focus on issues of displacement and migration, this course will provide students with historical background and relevant context through an academic lens.

Students are given an enhanced awareness and understanding of the complex interaction between migration and humanitarian interventions from multiple points of view, including migrants, host communities, hosting authorities, and the humanitarian sector. They will engage with academic material about the history of humanitarian responses to displacement; drivers of migration; durable solutions; among other topics. They will also learn from migration theory and case studies depicting situations of displacement around the world.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the key elements of forced migration and show how this fits into the overall pattern of human migration.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal, security, social and economic components of forced migration and the international framework in which organizations provide protection and assistance.
  • Synthesize international instruments, political realities, and the human suffering endured by forced migrants
  • Apply knowledge of forced migration to plan and deliver appropriate humanitarian action.

This course has been developed and will be taught by Dr. Anthony Land. Dr. Land has over 40 years experience in humanitarian action where his first assignments were with various NGOs and culminated in 5 years as the field director of a consortium of church related agencies in, what was then, Southern Sudan. Here one of his major tasks was building and running camps for Ugandan Refugees. This led on to 21 years working with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) where he was head of office or chief of operations in a succession of major refugee situations including Pakistan, Indonesia, Malawi, the Balkans and North Caucasus. Wile with UNHCR he also spent seven years working in donor relations including a period as deputy head of donor relations. Since his retirement in 2016 Dr. Land has taught a wide range of humanitarian courses with the IIHA as well as lecturing at Manchester, Liverpool and Bournemouth Universities. Dr. Land’s research, which concerns subjectivity in the evaluation of humanitarian programs, was undertaken at Liverpool University and submitted as his doctoral thesis. 

Cost without credit: $915 

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Ellen Bratina
International Programs Officer, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), Fordham University


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