MA in Migration & Displacement, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (31 August)

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand invites graduate students to apply to undertake an MA in Migration and Displacement with us in 2017. ACMS enrols a maximum of 25 MA students each year from various academic backgrounds and countries.

The MA programme is designed to give students a comprehensive conceptual framework for understanding and analysing a wide range of topics in the field of migration and displacement. It also equips graduate students with the practical skills necessary to understand, analyse and advise on the drivers, impacts and management of migration within academia, government, business and non-profit organisations, where many of the programme’s alumni are currently employed. Students are strongly encouraged to partake in the Centre’s research activities, and are frequently invited to publish and present on their work done as part of this programme.

The MA (coursework and research) programme can either be undertaken full-time for a year or part-time over two years and consists of three courses and a research report.

The deadline for MA applications for 2017 is 31 August 2016.

For application requirements and information on funding opportunities for post graduate students please see:

PhD applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year.


Please visit to apply online

The deadline for Postgraduate Merit Award applications is the 31st October

26-28 Nov: Migration in a Turbulent World conference (Doha, Qatar)

International Conference: Migration in a Turbulent World

ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Migration RC31
26-28 November 2016 – Doha, Qatar

Key Dates:
Monday, July 18, 2016
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts

Monday, July 18, 2016
Deadline for travel grant applications for junior scholars and PhD students

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Notification of Acceptance

Monday, August 15, 2016
Registration Opening

Monday, October 3, 2016
Program publishing

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Registration deadline for presenting authors

Failed coup in Turkey likely to delay arrival of Syrian refugees in Canada further


Nuri Murat, a Yazidi woman at Kankhe Camp for the internally displaced in Dahuk, northern Iraq, May 18. When Islamic State group militants overran Yazidi villages and towns in August 2014, they killed her husband and abducted her daughter, Nazdar, 16, one of thousands of Yazidi girls and women enslaved by the group. (MAYA ALLERUZZO / AP FILE PHOTO)

Tues., July 19, 2016

OTTAWA—Delays in the resettlement of Syrian refugees from Turkey to Canada are likely to grow even longer after a failed coup attempted there last week.

Securing exit permits for Syrians in Turkey has been a difficult process already, holding up the Liberal government’s plans last fall to resettle thousands of people from there as part of their landmark program to bring 25,000 Syrians to Canada in a matter of months.

Now, political instability in the country in the wake of the military’s failed efforts to seize power last week is expected to delay things more.

“We are continuing to work with the government of Turkey to obtain exit permits as quickly as possible and are continuing to monitor the situation,” said Sonia Lesage, a spokesperson for the Immigration Department.

“However, given recent events, we do expect delays.”

There are an estimated 549 Syrian refugees in Turkey who have been approved to come to Canada, but haven’t been cleared to travel, and a further 3,815 applications from that country are in progress.

Among them are several Yazidi families, a Kurdish minority group whose plight is the subject this week of hearings at the House of Commons immigration committee.

Their treatment at the hands of Islamic militants was recently termed a genocide by the United Nations human rights panel.

For that reason, the Conservatives are arguing the Liberals should now fast-track their resettlement to Canada.

Efforts to get them out of Turkey have already been met with lengthy delays, in part, because of the Turkish government’s slow approvals process for exit permits.

In Turkey, it is the government, not the United Nations refugee agency, that manages Syrian refugees. There are an estimated 2.7 million in that country.

Before the failed coup, the Immigration Department website said refugee applications from Turkey needed about eight months for processing.

Still, that’s much shorter than the current wait time for privately sponsored refugees out of Iraq, where thousands of Yazidis live in the northern part of the country, in Iraqi Kurdistan.

It takes about four years to process privately-sponsored applications out of Iraq, the department website says.

And the situation of the Yazidis in Iraq is further complicated by the fact the UN doesn’t refer people who live inside their home countries elsewhere for resettlement.

The UN also doesn’t explicitly use religion or ethnicity as a factor in determining whether someone is eligible for resettlement.

The Conservatives want that changed, but the Liberals have said they intend to continue working with the UN.

To continue reading, click here. (Original posted in The Star)