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.



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.

2016-2018 Executive Committee

President: Roberto Vidal, Colombia
Past President: Paula Banerjee, India
Vice President: Nasreen Chowdhory, India; Dianna Shandy, USA
Treasurer: Michele Millard, Canada
Secretary: Galya Ruffer, USA
Communication Officer: Michele Manocchi, Canada; Biswajit Mohanthy, India
Programme Affairs and Innovation: Shailja Sharma,USA; Laurence Juma, South Africa; Beatriz Sanchez, Colombia
Fundraising: Idil Atak, Canada
Programme Committee Chair: TBA