FMR call for articles: Forced Migration Review issue 54 – to be published in February 2017 – will include a major feature on ‘Resettlement’

Resettlement is one of the three ‘traditional’ durable solutions for refugees. It involves the selection and transfer of refugees from a state in which they have sought protection to a third state which has agreed to admit them, as refugees and traditionally with permanent residence status. As such, resettlement is a tool for refugee protection, designed to meet specific needs of refugees whose life, liberty, safety, health or other fundamental rights are at risk in the country where they have sought asylum. Ironically, it involves the further displacement of the refugees.

Although fewer than one per cent of refugees globally are resettled, resettlement can constitute an expression of international solidarity and a commitment to sharing the responsibility of refugee protection. Geo-political realities and attitudes have nonetheless shaped how resettlement has been implemented (in particular vis-à-vis the countries of resettlement and the nationalities of origin), and strategies, priorities and modalities have therefore changed over time.

Deadline for submission of articles: Monday 10th October 2016

Full call for articles online at www.fmreview.org/resettlement

Nobody is ever just a refugee”: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful speech on the global migrant crisis

The Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called on attendees of the United Nationā€™s World Humanitarian day last week to rethink the refugee crisis.

ā€ Nobody is ever just a refugee,ā€¯ said the novelist and non-fiction writer, delivering the keynote address at the event in New York. ā€ Nobody is ever just a single thing. And yet, in the public discourse today, we often speak of people as a single a thing. Refugee. Immigrant.ā€¯

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to more than a quarter of the worldā€™s refugee population, about 18 million people fleeing conflict in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Somalia, and elsewhere.

Adichie, the author of Americanah and several other books, has a personal connection to migration. Her parents were displaced during the Nigeria-Biafra war and lived as refugees for three years. She proposed a new way of thinking and talking about those in need:

In my language, Igbo, the word for ā€ loveā€™ is ā€ ifunanyaā€™ and its literal translation is, ā€ to see.ā€™ So I would like to suggest today that this is a time for a new narrative, a narrative in which we truly see those about whom we speak.

Let us tell a different story. Let us remember that the movement of human beings on earth is not new. Human history is a history of movement and mingling. Let us remember that we are not just bones and flesh.

We are emotional beings. We all share a desire to be valued, a desire to matter. Let us remember that dignity is as important as food.

“Nobody is ever just a refugee”: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful speech on the global migrant crisis