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Untold experiences of vulnerable refugees


This workshop aims to bring researchers, practitioners, community stakeholders and policy makers together in order to
- develop an interdisciplinary discussion and knowledge exchange about the 'untold', mainly ignored experiences of minority refugee populations;
- form a highly needed international network among researchers working on these and similar topics;
- establish dialogue channels between the scientific community, practitioners, community organizations and policy makers.

Forced migration is not a new phenomenon. Today we are witness to a situation where forced migration puts many people in terrible and life threatening conditions, with severe consequences for several generations.
The recent wars in Syria and Iraq, labelled as the worst human disaster since WWII, have had incalculable effects for the civilian populations in terms of forced displacement and human suffering.
The effects of forced migration are also challenging for the receiving societies. At the same time human beings have an unexpected resilience capacity and much refugee help and community work is taking place, on many levels and in many areas of need.

Proportionally a big number of refugees from the Middle East have an ethno-religious minority background, such as Assyrians, Armenians, Mandaeans, and Yazidis. In some cases their numbers in Iraq and Syria have gone down with 80%.
These vulnerable groups, being politically marginalised and less resourceful in terms of political power, have been targeted by many and different violent groups.

This added to their collectively experienced suffering resulting from earlier similar forms of persecution, for example the genocide of Assyrians in 1915, massacres and persecutions before and during the Saddam regime, and their en mass emigration resulting in becoming uprooted from their historical homelands.

The presence of discourses of having become uprooted and fearing cultural extinction is embedded in individual and collective narratives of these groups and those narratives and meaning systems influence adaptive responses and help-seeking behaviour today in their new host countries. The same groups fear for their extinction and associate today's sufferings with past experiences.

Lecturer: This workshop is organised by Önver Cetrez, Associate Professor, Uppsala University; Dr. Naures Atto, University of Cambridge and Soner O. Barthoma, Free University of Berlin, together with Centre on Global Migration, University of Gothenburg

Date & hour: 9/22/2017 at 9:00 AM till 9/23/2017 at 12:30 PM

Categories: Diversity, Interdisciplinary, International, Socialt arbete, Economics and Law , Social Sciences , Religion

Organizer: Centrum för Global Migration, Göteborgs Universitet / Uppsala Universitet

Location: Institutionen för Globala Studier, Campus Linné A319, Konstepidemins väg 2

Event URL: Read more about Untold experiences of vulnerable refugees

Last day of registration: 9/19/2017 at. 3:00 PM.

Contact person: Önver Cetrez, Uppsala University

Number of seats: 15 (Of which 6 are booked)

Registration is closed for this event

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