International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) Conference, Poznan, Poland

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The 16th conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) will be hosted by the Centre for Migration Studies, the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, and the Faculty of Law and Public Administration at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland from July 12-15, 2016. This is the first time that IASFM members will gather in Central Europe.

The setting for the 16th IASFM conference is especially important as we watch the most recent refugee crisis unfold in Europe, including in countries that historically were refugee-producing spaces and now have to provide durable solutions for forced migrants fleeing armed conflicts and asking for refuge in Europe. These developments constitute a significant opportunity to rethink and redefine forced migration. Existing concepts and definitions are rooted in historical transformations – political, legal and social – that led to refugee movements post-World War II and during the Cold War, but are they appropriate for the diversity and complexity of the 21st forced migration? The MEDMIG team will have a strong presence at the conference. Professor Heaven Crawley will speak at the opening plenary and Dr Nando Sigona will give the keynote speech. The team is also organising three paper panels on the dynamics of migration to Europe in 2015 and the EU policy response. Full details of the programme can be found here.