Migration and Peace Commission

International Peace Research Association (IPRA) – Freetown, Sierra Leone,  27th November –1st December 2016

Theme of the Conference:  AGENDA FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT:  Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster and Sustainable Development Debate

Migration and Peace Commission

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Migration and peace revolves around the idea that any framework that intends to peacefully resolve conflicts need to include the management of internal displacement and refugee protection, durable solutions, the role of justice systems at national and international levels in recognizing and guaranteeing the rights of migrants and resistance to defend the rights of the migrants among others. We invite participants to explore, examine, and recommend policies, theories and practical responses to the theme of migration and peace in the context of:

  • Peacebuilding and forced migration: This sub theme will address the need to include peaceful conflict resolution processes and peacebuilding in addressing social justice for refugees and other migrants. It will also address the participation of IDPs and refugees in peacebuilding processes as well as in the designing, implementation and managing policies that guarantee the rights of the displaced and transitional justice mechanisms.
  • Migration in times of peace: migration may also result in times of peace. This includes issues such as environmental migration and migratory movements caused by development projects, which attracts the least attention from national and international authorities. This sub theme will address these migratory movements in the context of resistance struggles against local authorities or topics that clearly spell out the impact of climate change in migratory movements such as pastoral communities or fishing communities.
  • Durable solutions for the displaced: sustainable peace for the displaced entails addressing durable solutions for the displaced. This includes the return of victims to the places of origin, enable the restoration of their right, reinstitute their deprived lands and reintegrate them into their respective communities in dignity. Improved livelihoods and addressing the rights of the displaced is a priority for durable solutions. This sub theme also invites contributions that analyse strategies for improved livelihoods through economic, social, political and environmental contexts for the displaced.
  • Psychosocial concerns:

Apart from the above themes we do welcome pressing issues that need immediate attention in relation to migration contexts such as the contemporary boat migration crisis that draws a thin line between forced and economic migrants in Mediterranean and the Asia Pacific and asylum policies that impact the lives of forced migrants.

Conveners

Tetsu Sadotomo:

Lydia Gitau:

Fathima Badurideen:

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