The Asia Pacific Forced Migration Connection (APFMC)

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From right: Alice Nah and Martin Jones from York University and members of APFMC

About the Asia Pacific Forced Migration Connection (APFMC)

Established under the leadership of Professor Susan Kneebone, Faculty of Law, Monash University with the support of the Refugee Research Network (RRN) at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada, the Asia Pacific Forced Migration Connection (APFMC) will create a hub for research scholars in Australia and the Asia Pacific region on issues of Refugee Law, Human Trafficking, Labour Migration and other Forced Migration issues.

Launched in in London in November 2013, it is a cluster network established with the support of the Refugee Research Network (RRN) at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada.

The APFMC will develop an interdisciplinary approach to research on migration caused by forced displacement in the Asia Pacific region (APR), including refugees and asylum seekers, human trafficking and labour migration, to harness existing expertise and networks and direct them to a higher level of knowledge based understanding of key concepts and issues.

APFMC will make:

  • Connections between causes and consequences of forced migration in APR, and for Australia, in relation to individuals, the environment and society, for sustainable development, protection outcomes and regional understanding;
  • Connections between disciplines and scholars in Australia and in APR to create partnerships, utilising existing networks including: Refugee Law Initiative (David Cantor, University of London); Institute for Human Rights and Peace Studies (Mahidol University, Thailand); Centre for Human Rights, York University, UK; Kolkata Institute of Development Studies and other universities and individual scholars in Australia and in APR;
  • Connections with the public and public policy through an APFMC website, and on line publications. It will build upon the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) which is a platform for civil society (NGO) organisations and liaise with the Asia Pacific Forum (APF, a network of National Human Rights Institutions) and the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) which is a member of the APF, and Migranté Australia.

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