Daily Archives: Saturday, June 21, 2014

Resilient in the Face of Adversity: World Refugee Day 2014

Refugees International Japan Blog

“I see the potential that was locked in my people getting unlocked….When I move around my community monitoring progress, I see life.” This is a quote from a Ugandan villager who was among 200 families who were able to return to their ancestral home after having been refugees for many years. These villagers are just a few of millions of refugees worldwide who are working to rebuild their life after being displaced from their homes. As today is World Refugee Day, we want to not only reaffirm our resolve to continue RIJ’s programs across the globe, but also celebrate the organizations working tirelessly to help refugees regain control over their lives as well as the refugees themselves, who remain ever resilient in the face of great adversity.

Contrary to their popular image as helpless and stagnant, most refugees are in fact working to learn new skills and receive more education…

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Conference on Human Security, Asylum and the EU

Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law

July 4, The Hague (the Netherlands)
Using Human Security as a Legal Framework to analyse the Common European Asylum System

The conference is the second event falling within the current CLEER (Centre for the Law of EU External Relations) research project titled ‘Human Security as a new operational framework for enhancing Human Rights protection in the EU’s Security & Migration Policies’. The conference will address a specific ambit in which human rights, EU security and foreign policy meet: EU asylum and migration policy.

The conference will address the role that Human Security can play in relation to the legal and political toolbox with which the EU responds to humanitarian crises such as conflicts and natural disasters. It shall take stock of recent developments in EU legislation, jurisprudence and doctrine whilst analysing the extent to which Human Security discourses can enrich protection standards within the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

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In their own words

Voices from the Field

Today is World Refugee Day. We’re celebrating the strength and courage of refugees everywhere, and acknowledging that every single displaced person in the world today has a unique story.

António Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, says it best: “While every refugee’s story is different and their anguish personal, they all share a common thread of uncommon courage – the courage not only to survive, but to persevere and rebuild their shattered lives.”


“I came to learn. I want to study,” says Elisa, a young refugee from South Sudan. The violent conflict there has made life very unsafe, making it nearly impossible for schools to run as they should, and for students to attend regularly. Elisa has come to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, where Lutherans are supporting education for youth like her. This passionate young lady hopes to continue her schooling here. She eventually wants to be…

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