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The Asian University for Women in Bangladesh invites people to contribute with papers to the conference: "Changing nature of forced migration: vulnerabilities and responsibilities in south and southeast Asia" on 22, 23,24 September 2011. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2011.

Protracted conflicts, restrictive asylum policies, unequal burden sharing, climate change and natural disasters, along with shifting policies regarding immigration, asylum, work, development, and globalization are not only changing the nature of forced displacements but also blurring the line between forced migration and economic migration. These situations create vulnerable "people on the move:" refugees, internally displaced peoples, trafficked peoples and migrant workers for whom leaving their home becomes the only viable solution. Although they fall under different jurisdictions in domestic and international laws, their vulnerability is often similar as a result of being considered "temporary," "illegal," or "illegitimate" and the processes that produce peoples on the move tend to be linked and interconnected. Moreover, this kind of mobility tends to challenge the legal and normative notions about state responsibility, citizenship and identity.

The conference will prioritize papers that are evidence-based analyses of actual practices and actions taken by various stakeholders involved in issues and concerns raised by at least one of the following types of "vulnerable people on the move:" refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced peoples, trafficked peoples and migrant workers. For each of the sub-themes listed below, sessions will be geared towards exploring the similarities and specificities between these groups in relation to the theme at hand. Each session will then be utilized to produce action plans on how responsibilities should be distributed and what actions should be recommended to states and international and local actors in dealing with the challenges and changing nature of forced migration in South and Southeast Asia.

All accepted papers and action plans produced in the conference will be published as part of conference proceedings.

We invite proposals for individual’s papers around five broad sub-themes:

1. Climate Change, Development and Security

2. Legal and policy frameworks

3. Coping mechanisms

4. Gender dimensions of forced migration and migrant Work

5. Politics of belonging, incorporation, settlement and identity

Individuals wishing to participate in the conference must submit a 250-word abstract by March 15, 2011.


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