The aftermath of the shocking killing of George Floyd in the US has seen a growing awareness across many societies of the pernicious and persistent effects of systemic racial discrimination. The Refugee Studies Centre has an important role in this new climate, above all in terms of understanding the complex but historically under-examined interconnections between race, forced migration, and border controls. Driven by the concerns of students and staff, a range of important changes have been made recently to the curriculum of the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies to highlight how legacies of slavery and colonialism inform contemporary understandings of and policies towards refugees and migrants. As a Centre, we are committed to do even more in the years ahead to ensure that our teaching and scholarship on forced migration make a key contribution to identifying and undermining racial injustice.
Black Lives Matter
26 June 2020