Global Migration and Refugee Policies in 2021


With the percentage of the world’s population that is displaced at an all-time high, and 79.5 million people forcibly displaced worldwide at the end of 2019, existing policies within nation states and the international community are ill-equipped to respond to the changing demographics and causes of flight. The U.S. is currently challenged with increased numbers of unaccompanied children, including infants and toddlers, fleeing violence and in search of refuge at the country’s southern border, while climate change-related disasters continue to leave many more people around the world without a safe and sustainable home.

In this issue of Peace Policy, our authors examine the implications of current laws governing forced migration in the U.S. and around the world, and suggest policy strategies that are needed to adapt to our rapidly changing global reality, and that are grounded in migrants’ lived experiences and centered in advancing human dignity.

Kroc Institute Executive Director and Associate Teaching Professor Erin B. Corcoran explores the limitations of the 1951 Convention Relating to Status of Refugees as it approaches its 70th anniversary. More »

Elizabeth Keyes, Associate Professor of Law and directs the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of Baltimore, illustrates the ways climate change is causing acute and chronic environmental displacement within and across borders, and explores policy solutions needed to address these shifts. More »

Kristina Campbell, Professor of LawDavid A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia, and a 2002 alumna of the University of Notre Dame Law School, explores the ways U.S. immigration policies violate the human rights of child refugees. More »

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