Changing Patterns of Forced Migration

Dr. Phil Orchard
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Globally, 65 million forced migrants were displaced in 2016. Even as their numbers have increased, the international response has become increasingly precarious. Alongside refugees – protected by the 1951 Refugee Convention – we see other groups such as IDPs or survival migrants who do not easily fit into existing international law. Even for refugees, their abilities to access their full rights under international law has been challenged by extraterritorial policies and by policies within receiving states such as through mandatory detention. These are fundamental issues that challenge not only contemporary international institutional structures, but also problematize at a fundamental level the ability of forced migrants to seek asylum and safety. This panel brings together a range of leading academics and practitioners to examine these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective in order to seek a path forward from these critical dilemmas.