IASFM International Association for the Study of Forced Migration



IASFM brings together academics, practitioners and decision-makers working on forced migration issues. Through the ages, the forced movement of people, displaced within their own countries or across borders, has been of concern to states and to humanitarians alike. Whether people have been forced to migrate due to persecution, to flee war, to escape famine, or because of a major development project, they face a need for protection and/or assistance.

Since the end of the Cold War this issue has seen renewed attention. The problems seem ever greater: the solutions ever more scarce. The issue is increasingly perceived to be global in scope, while some solutions may be very local. By coming together, scholars, policy-makers, NGO advocates and those working in the field can think together and develop greater understanding of the implications of forced movement. The members of IASFM meet at biennial conferences. They share their news through a Newsletter. They form a vibrant and active community. If you have not already joined us, please do so today.



Registration for IASFM16 (July 12 - 15, 2016, Poland) is now open: http://iasfm.org/iasfm16/register/

IASFM16 Travel Fund Campaign


Friends, please consider donating a few dollars to this fund. IASFM has recently lost its major supporter, the MacArthur Foundation, which discontinued their migration program. As we look for another major donor, the fund-raising committee is resorting to all sorts of unorthodox measures. Conference registration and membership fees pay for the meeting, but we need money to support participation of graduate students, practitioners, scholars, and where feasible refugees from low-income countries. Be generous and spread the word!

Working Group for Archiving and Documentation of History of Forced Migration and Refugees is now live!


IASFM Programme Affairs and Development Strategy [1] by Galya Ruffer and Danesh Jayatilaka

[1]This strategy document was first prepared in September 2013 and submitted to the IASFM Executive Committee so that the recommendations could be taken up immediately.

2014-2016 Executive Committee

President: Paula Banerjee, India
Past President: Chris Dolan, Uganda
Vice President: Roberto Vidal, Colombia
Treasurer: Nasreen Chowdhory, India
Secretary: Susan Kneebone, Australia
Communication Officer: Michele Millard, Canada
Programme Affairs and Innovation: Galya Ruffer, USA; Danesh Jayatilaka, Sri Lanka; Beatriz Sanchez, Colombia
Fundraising: Elżbieta M. Goździak , USA;  Ellen Kraly, USA
Programme Committee Chair: Izabella Main, Poland