Category Archives: Forced Migrations: A Global Challenge

MSF in Grande-Synthe: lessons from an unlikely coalition of actors

Angélique Muller • Ancienne coordinatrice du projet Médecins Sans Frontières à Grande-Synthe

Michaël Neuman • Directeur d’études au Centre de réflexion sur l’action et les savoirs humanitaires (Crash), Médecins Sans Frontières


A. Müller


M. Neuman

Vivid symbol of the migratory crisis, the situation of refugee camps in the north of France gives way to many erroneous representations. Angélique Muller and Michaël Neuman bring forward in this article a return of experience relating to the action led by MSF within an aid project for migrants in the city of Grande- Synthe [editor’s note: located next to Dunkirk]. Useful lessons, very close to the field and to the “improbable coalition of actors” that, each day, demonstrates tangible solidarity.

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“The priority for States must be to save lives”

Idil Atak • Docteur en droit, spécialiste des migrations


I. Atak

The latest report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) paints a damning picture of the situation of migrants around the world. It reinforces the observers’ view that the migrant crisis in Europe is only the tip of the iceberg of a global phenomenon and almost systematic repressive policies. As a recognised specialist, Idil Atak answered the questions of Canadian researcher Yvan Conoir before the latter shed light on the UNHCR’s doctrine and actions regarding the detention/retention of migrants, especially minors.

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Refugees and Displaced Persons in Nigeria and Myanmar: rethinking the synergy

Marie-Alice Torré • Chef de mission de Solidarités International au Myanmar
Thierry Benlahsen • Responsable de l’équipe d’urgence


M.-A. Torré


T. Benlahsen

A number of crises linked to forced migration are developing throughout the world, “in the shadow of the humanitarian centres of gravity that are the Syrian crisis and its consequences in Europe”, to quote the two authors, members of Solidarités International. Following the parallel contexts of Nigeria and Myanmar, where the French NGO is operating alongside displaced persons, Marie-Alice Torré and Thierry Benlahsen deliver a reflection midway between criticism and self-criticism, which emerges from the field and extends to the decision making bodies.

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Refugees and displaced persons in Cameroon: the silent Hydra

Achille Valery Mengo •  Agent de développement, animateur du blog « Afrik Humanitaires »


A.-V. Mengo

In the midst of upheavals in Central Africa, and far removed from the refugee crisis in Europe, Cameroon, like numerous countries in the Global South, is undergoing complex migratory issues. Achille Valery Mengo, a privileged observer familiar with the local associative landscape, sheds light on this lesser known humanitarian crisis, highlighting the difficulties for international actors and campaigning for the greater recognition of local actors who are capable of providing their expertise.

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Environmental Migrations: future prospects

Paul Chiron •  Master 2 de droit international et comparé à l’université Toulouse 1 Capitole, spécialisé en droit humanitaire et droit des réfugiés


P. Chiron

With the expression “climate refugees” two recurrent headlines are brought together: migrants and climate change. They converge to bring the issue of forced population movements to a level never attained and recall, concerning these migrants of a new type, the question of their legal recognition.

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The European Refugee Crisis: forecasting for 2018

Michel Maietta • Directeur de recherche à l’IRIS (Institut de relations internationales et stratégiques)


M. Maietta

The refugee crisis in Europe, and more generally, the movement of people throughout the world, is becoming one of the century’s main questions. It will not be resolved if deciders, public opinion and NGOS do not project themselves to anticipate the developments to come. Michel Maietta attempts to forecast these developments in the following article, reporting on research from IARAN, a new network of analysts working from Yangon to Dakar and covering five major regions of the globe.

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