No Home, No Refuge

According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), there are over 65 million displaced people in the world, a significant portion of who are classified as refugees. Who are these people? Where are they coming from? What are the driving forces of today’s global displacement? Why is the international community responsible for the global refugee crisis and what does such responsibility involve? This first year course introduces students to the complex and ever growing world of forced displacement and to many of the ethical, legal, moral and political questions surrounding the current refugee crisis in the face of rising populist movements in the west, security concerns, and the overall shift toward criminalization and securitization of migration. The course has a special focus on children and youth and intersectionalities of gender, identity and race.  It will explore the challenges facing the world’s displaced and the innovation and resilience that defines the refugee experience.