Ending Exile: The Meaning and Making of Solutions to Refugee Crises

Wednesday, March 21
7:00 p.m.
Powers Hall Ballroom (view map)
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Globally, the search for durable solutions to the plight of refugees is failing. Traditionally, refugee situations are resolved through voluntary repatriation, local integration in host states, or resettlement to third countries. These options have become increasingly elusive. Voluntary return—often considered the “preferred” solution—has been limited as many of the conflicts generating refugee flows continue unabated. Less than 1% of refugees are resettled each year, and even fewer obtain citizenship as part of formal local integration efforts. In the absence of voluntary return, local integration or resettlement opportunities, almost half of refugees are now trapped in situations spanning more than 20 years. Against this backdrop, this talk asks: What does it mean to “solve” a refugee crisis? And, how can durable solutions for refugees be unlocked?

Speaker Bio

Megan Bradley

Image of Megan Bradley Megan Bradley is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University in Montreal. Her research interests include refugees and forced migration, human rights, transitional justice, humanitarianism, peacebuilding, international organizations, and international development. She was a nonresident fellow in the Brookings Institution Foreign Policy program. She is the editor of Forced Migration, Reconciliation and Justice (2015) and author of Refugee Repatriation: Justice, Responsibility and Redress (2013).

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Sponsored by the Dr. Harold Abel Endowed Lecture Series in the Study of Dictatorship, Democracy and Genocide within the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences (CHSBS) at CMU. This​ endowed lecture series was established in 2009 by the family of Dr. Harold Abel to honor and memorialize his 44-year career as an educator, which included a 10-year term as president of Central Michigan University from 1975 to 1985. Dr. Abel passed away in 2002.​