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No one chooses to be a refugee – World Refugee Day – June 20

Every minute eight people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror.
If conflict threatened your family, what would you do? Stay and risk your lives? Or try to flee, and risk kidnap, rape or torture?
For many refugees the choice is between the horrific or something worse.

UNHCR – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 7,685 people in more than 125 countries continues to help some 33.9 million persons.

Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog

What is forced migration?

Forced migration is defined by the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration as “a general term that refers to the movements of refugees and internall

y displaced people (people displaced by conflicts), as well as people displaced by natural or environmental disasters, chemical or nuclear disasters, famine, or development projects.”

What Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog is?

A service highlighting web research and information relating to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrants; provided by Elisa Mason

This Current Awareness Blog or CAB has been created to help you with the following tasks: 1) keep up with new publications, new journal and newsletter issues, new events and opportunities for professional development and learning, new web sites, and other relevant online resources; 2) track who’s doing what where in terms of research and publication; and 3) learn about online tools that can facilitate the search and retrieval of relevant information resources. So check in regularly or add this site’s feed to your favorite newsreader, and let the FM CAB help you navigate the forced migration information highway.

The author of this blog is Elisa Mason. She is an information specialist who focuses on forced migration issues. After receiving her Master’s in Library Science in 1991, she worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, DC and Geneva, as well as the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford. She has published a number of articles and guides on forced migration resources including the Guide to Forced Migration Resources on the Web, and most recently, Researching Forced Migration: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources. Some of her other publications are listed here.

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