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School of Geography

Workshop: Displacement and Refugee Protection in Latin America

6 June 2019

Time: 9:30am - 2:00pm
Venue: Room 2.26, School of Geography

This half-day workshop brings together an interdisciplinary group of academics to reflect on the state of displacement and refugee protection in Latin America. The region has been praised for its long-standing tradition of refugee protection and 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of its main regional document, the Cartagena Declaration. At the same time, Latin America has been, and still is, a witness to different crisis that have caused the displacement of millions of people, making of Latin America a region that produces and hosts many refugees. In the last couple of years, the region has experienced the displacement of people from Venezuela and countries of the region continue to host refugees from Colombia and people fleeing from Central America, as well as other extra regional refugees.

This interdisciplinary workshop explores different approaches to refugee protection as well as policy implementation and the experiences of refugees themselves, to better understand what are the main challenges and best practices of refugee protection in Latin America, 35 years after countries of the region signed the Cartagena Declaration. By doing so, the workshop will allow us to understand the dynamics of forced displacement in Latin America while at the same time it will provide a space of reflection aiming to unsettle ethnocentric understandings of forced displacement and refugee responses as an issue dealt by the global north alone.

Speakers include:

Dr Beatriz Sánchez-Mojica, Instituto de Estudios sobre Conflictos y Acción Humanitaria (IECAH)

Dr Vickie Knox, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Professor Stephen Meili, Director Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, University of Minnesota Law School.

Dr Diego Acosta, Reader in European and Migration Law at the University of Bristol.

Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza, Lecturer in Human Geography, Queen Mary University of London.

The workshop will be followed by lunch.

The workshop is organised by Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza (School of Geography), Giovanna Gini (School of Geography) and Maja Grundler (School of Law). 

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We are very grateful to the Queen Mary Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) for funding the workshop.

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