Refugee Resilience: Resettlement through a Human Rights Lens

March 03, 2016

Sarah Deardorff-Miller

Thursday, March 3, 5:00PM–7:00PM, Room 1500, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General Vancouver

The displacement of people around the world is the human consequence of the conflicts and political repression taking place. It is important to examine the refugee topic in the light of language, discourse, power relations and norms. Policies and legislations have the potential to deeply affect the lives of refugees and other forced migrants in significant ways, from constraining their access to basic human rights, to influencing how, when and where refugees may choose to move. We are moving away from traditional outlooks where the government is the sole policymaker and focusing on the values, discourses, symbols, norms, institutions and practices that constitute the ‘global agora’ or ‘marketplace’ of refugee policy.

Sarah Deardorff-Miller is adjunct faculty at American University's School of International Service. She has a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, where she focused on the politics of forced migration and in particular the role of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in protracted refugee situations. She was a Franklin Fellow at the Department of State, and has carried out research for the Brookings Institution and Oxford's Refugee Studies Center. She has also worked with a range of refugee-focused NGOs in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, and also worked in refugee resettlement in the United States. She continues to write and consult on refugee issues, and is currently working on a book on Syrian displacement.

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