The Emerging Scholars & Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI) Network leads a Discussion Series that “welcomes authors from around the world to provide critical perspectives on migration issues by sharing their research and experiences in the field of migration and refugee studies.”
“Creative Methods of Dissemination in Forced Migration Research” asked scholars and practitioners to reflect on the following questions:
- What are the opportunities and challenges involved in creative methods of dissemination?
- How are alternative forms of media (including art, films, poetry, graphic narratives, performances, podcasts) being used to disseminate research on forced migration issues?
- What tools can be utilized to co-produce outputs and to actively engage with communities involved in research?
My answer to these questions can be found here.
The following guest lecture – titled “Venezuelan exodus: Humanitarian crisis, migration, and regional responses” – was presented to students of Global Politics of Contemporary Migration (UCOR 3600-07/SOCW 3910-01), a course at Seattle University instructed by Prof. Dr. Dustin Welch García .
The lecture is partly based on Freier, Luisa Feline and Parent, Nicolas. 2019. “The Regional Response to the Venezuelan Exodus,” Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs 118, no. 805: 56-61.
As local participation has been central to some peacebuilding efforts, the voice and role of migrants within such frameworks is seldom considered. In the case of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country qualified not only by high levels of forced displacement, but also as having one of the world’s highest rate of voluntary repatriation, agency of return migrants should be further considered in attempts to strengthen peace and cooperation in the region. A fundamental step in achieving this is by recognizing that Congolese refugees have a historical, personal and cultural connection to their place of origin albeit being spatially separated from it. Challenging a ‘sedentary bias’ which contends that deterritorialization strips migrants from their spatiocultural roots, there is a need to investigate how memory, identity and culture play an important role in how refugees remember and plan their return to the homeland. Specifically, in the context of a region where conflict is often attributed to ethnic, land-based, and resource extraction issues, an ethnographic understanding of this group can be particularly useful in placing migrant agency within current and future environmental peacebuilding frameworks in the DRC.
Parent, Nicolas. 2019. “Displacement, return and environmental peacebuilding: Congolese refugees and the potential of ethnographic research,” Tvergastein Interdisciplinary Journal of the Environment, no. 12: 30-37.
This article is published through Tvergastein Interdisciplinary Journal of the Environment, a publication based out of the Centre for Development and Environment (SUM), University of Oslo. The article appears in Tvergastein‘s thematic issue on ‘Peace and the Environment’. It is available for viewing and download here.
“Although most countries in the region have recently adopted legislative frameworks that would allow for the recognition of Venezuelans as refugees, they have largely opted to respond to the influx with special visa schemes that provide varying degrees of protection. Still, by international standards countries across Latin America have been generous in their reception of Venezuelans. Despite the increasing numbers, most are upholding open-door policies.
Initially, foreign policy drove these generous responses. But the rise of xenophobic sentiment across the region has increasingly turned the Venezuelan exodus into a domestic policy issue—one that requires regional cooperation.” (pp. 56-57)
Freier, Luisa Feline and Parent, Nicolas. 2019. “The Regional Response to the Venezuelan Exodus,” Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs 118, no. 805: 56-61.
This article is published through Current History, in its February 2019 issue on Latin America. It is available for viewing and download here.
This article is a brief comparative analysis between the European migration crisis (2014-2016) and the Venezuelan migration crisis. It looks at the similarities in both profiles of displacement, and the differences in regional responses. The main argument made is that the response in Latin America merits a place in the global conversation on forced displacement.
The article is co-written with Dr. Luisa Feline Freier at the Universidad del Pacifico (Political and Social Sciences) in Lima, Peru.
The article is published (31.07.2018) through the Latin America and Caribbean blog, published by the Latin America and Caribbean Center at London School of Economics and Political Science. It can be read here.