Committee on Forced Migration

We are offering a series of webinars that will focus on the many issues and perspectives related to global forced migration. Please register for these events or catch the video recordings on-demand via the Columbia Global Centers Youtube channel. 

Feb 5, 10am EST, The Dynamics of Forced Migration and Interdiction Across the Mediterranean

Feb 16, 10am EST, Danger of Density: The Future of Cities and Migration in a Post-Covid World

March 1, 10am EST, Bearing Witness: Journalism and Forced Migration

March 16, 12:30pm EST, Workshop on Teaching & Research Outreach for Forced Migration 

March 19, 12pm EST, Solidarity along the Balkan Route: Five Years after the EU-Turkey Agreement


"Most current international crisis-related discourse is concerned with the coronavirus pandemic, yet in the decade prior to the appearance of Covid-19, a much larger global crisis has been unfolding. By the time a person finishes reading this, over one hundred people will have been compelled to leave their homes. Nearly half of those will become stateless as well – displaced not only within their countries, but forced to migrate across borders. The causes are numerous and complicated: natural and ecological disasters, development projects that claim or contaminate land and water, and primarily, violent conflict. Unspeakable horrors that need immediate attention and action. 

Columbia University and Columbia Global Centers affirm that, as an institution with global reach, we are determined to help meet the needs of our global society.  The haphazard results of leaving the response to international crises up to individual states has only underscored the necessity of unified strategies and shared information that respect our human connections across borders.  We are committed to research into the myriad issues involved in forced migration, and to engaging meaningfully in providing solutions. 

Columbia Global Centers and the Committee on Forced Migration have launched a year-long series of webinars to provide opportunities to explore these issues from within different disciplines and contexts.  We will examine the history of anti-immigrant racism, issues of density and urban living in a post-Covid world, and the role of journalism in humanitarian crises.  We will explore a globalized economy as a contributing factor to forced migration, and we will survey literature of the migrant experience. 

Also of note, Columbia University has launched the Scholarship for Displaced Students. Information and application link can be found here. Please help us spread the word."

Safwan M. Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development



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