Conference: migration, migrants and security
School of Humanitarian Studies Prof. Ken Christie presented a paper and chaired a panel at the March 17 to 19 SeSaMO (Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies) Conference at the University of Catania, Sicily.
This year’s conference theme (Migrants: Communities, Borders, Memories, Conflicts) highlighted migration as a general phenomenon that has affected Muslim-majority societies across history and can be approached from different disciplinary perspectives.
Christie chaired a panel called, “Migrants, Movement and Human Security: A MENA/Mediterranean Crisis”, which examined the human security implications of the current refugee crisis, the relationship between conflict in migrant origin states and the crisis and other issues. Panelists represented universities and agencies in Canada, Austria, United Arab Emirates, North Cyprus and Portugal.
Co-authors Christie and MA Human Security and Peace Building student Elias Abraham presented their paper, Migrants, Refugees and the crisis of Human Security: The case of Eritrean youth.
According to the authors:
“This paper deals with some of the most pressing problems in human insecurity today in the sense that it examines the movement of vulnerable people across borders. And here we specifically mean the crisis of refugees and migrants coming into the Mediterranean region, in particular Eritrea which has a disproportionate number of asylum seekers for its size.
The paper also argues that although refugees and economic migrants are often perceived as contentious and seen as threats to state sovereignty, they are often the victims of oppressive national state policies which discriminate and condemn them to marginalised lives.
Creative Commons licenced photo in header by kuhnmi.
L-R: Dr. Nur Korpulu, Near East University, Turkey; Dr. Marion Boulby, University of Trent, Peterborough; Julia Rutz. International Organization on Migration (IOM), Vienna; Rute Baptista, University of Minho, Portugal; Dr. Ken Christie, Royal Roads University