Center for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS)

Founded in 2011, the Center for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS) engages a cross-national and interdisciplinary group of researchers, students, practitioners, refugee legal aid organizations, policy makers, refugee community based organizations, writers, visual and performance artists to re-conceptualize refugee protection. Through collaborative research, participation in policy dialogues, workshops, training and clinical programs, we seek to contribute to our understanding of the condition of refugee movement across state borders to avoid the risk of harm, the underlying social disfranchisement, and the international community's response to refugee needs.

  • Research: We conduct multidisciplinary research to safeguard refugee rights and protection guaranteed under international law and, in doing so, seek to identify gaps in protection needs.
  • Documentation: We develop new approaches, strategies and resources to collect expert testimony, documentation of persecution, and violations of the rights of refugees.
  • Education: We provide learning and training opportunities for students, academics, policy makers, practitioners and refugees such as our annual summer institute.
  • Outreach: We contribute to the formation of refugee policy, protection practices and debate through networking, engagement, publication and partnerships.

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Group photo in Geneva
Join the CFMS,the Forum for Languages and Cultures and our co-sponsors in the departments of French and Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese and the International Studies Program at the Block Cinema for Contemporary Migrations: Destination Europe a film series that brings to the foreground questions of who is a migrant, who is a refugee and what are our responsibilities as we learn about the underlying persecution, torture and violence that prompted their journeys to Europe. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 5:30 PM-Mediterranea, Wednesday, April 27, 2016 5:30 PM-Buen Dia, Ramon, and Wednesday, May 11, 2016 5:30 PM-Welcome. All events are free and open to the public. 

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