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Migrant Rights and Refugee Rights Are Human Rights

Call for Papers

Theme: Migrant Rights and Refugee Rights Are Human Rights
Type: 12th Annual Strangers in New Homeland Conference
Institution: University of Manitoba
Location: Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
Date: 30.10.–1.11.2019
Deadline: 30.6.2019

We are accepting proposals for the 12th Annual Strangers in New
Homeland Conference. The deadline to submit is June 30, 2019. This
year’s theme will highlight migrant rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, is a
statement of the basic rights and fundamental freedoms owed to all
human beings. As a declaration, it does not have binding force, but
it is internationally-recognized as a cornerstone of human rights
protection. Within this context, all human beings, who move from one
country to another, either voluntarily or forced, should be accorded
and allowed to enjoy these universally-accepted fundamental freedoms.
The pace of forced migration has increased over the past decade, and
as a result, nation-states, especially Western societies have
continued to erect barriers or adopt policies and laws that make the
entry and settlement of migrants more difficult. United Nations
Secretary General António Guterres, observes for example that, “the
human rights agenda out of which UNHCR was born, and on which we
depend, is increasingly coming under strain.

The global economic crisis brought with it a populist wave of
anti-foreigner sentiment, albeit often couched in terms of national
sovereignty and national security.” Maltreatment and abuse of asylum
claimants and refugees as they attempt to enter western societies are
on the rise. Children have been separated from their
parents/care-givers at ports of entry with little or no consideration
of the fact that these are human beings with rights. Voluntary
migrants, for their part, face challenges shaped by systemic
inequities, and discrimination with regard to their lack of Canadian
job experience, and non-recognition of their foreign educational
credentials. This difficult environment highlights the need to
prevent the economic crisis from becoming a protection crisis at the
expense of immigrant and refugee rights.

The 12th edition of the Strangers in New Homelands Conference will
focus on discussing and examining these dangerous trends of
systematic human rights abuses meted out routinely to vulnerable
population groups and how their life outcomes could be improved
around the world. Specifically, presentations and workshops will
examine how migrants interact with potential oppressions and markers
of identity such as race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration
status, age, religion, language, and socioeconomic status.

Workshops and presentations for the 2019 conference may also be
developed and presented around any of the following sub-themes, which
will include research and practice related to human rights abuses and
challenges routinely faced by these population groups:

- Racialized populations
- Refugees
- Newcomers with precarious immigration status including asylum
 seekers, non-removed persons, and temporary foreign workers
- Migrant and refugee women
- Religious minority migrants
- Migrant and refugee children and youth
- Migrant seniors
- Migrant populations living with disabilities
- LGBTQ migrant populations
- Relations between indigenous and migrant populations

If you are interested in presenting a paper, workshop, panel
discussion or poster presentation at this conference, please submit:

1. a maximum 250-word abstract of your paper, workshop or panel
  proposal June 30, 2019,
2. a biographic description of yourself and other authors (maximum 10
  lines) in Word format.

Submission Deadline:
June 30, 2019


Dr. Michael Baffoe, Conference Chair
Faculty of Social Work
500B Tier Building,
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2
Phone: +1 (204) 474-9682