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.
During the AGM of the very successful IASFM14 conference in Kolkata, a new Executive Committee was elected by its members.
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
Fundraising: Elżbieta M. Goździak , USA; Bram Jansen, Netherlands
Programme Committee Chair: Beatriz Sanchez, Colombia
We are now looking forward to IASFM 15, Cartagena, Colombia in the summer of 2014. IASFM 15 will be hosted by the Javeriana University and the University of Los Andes.