Distinguished Chair on Migration and Forced Migration Studies

The Governing Body of Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (CRG) took a resolution  in its 35th Governing Body Meeting held on 23 August 2015 to institute a Distinguished Chair on Migration and Forced Migration Studies and it was offered to Professor Ranabir Samaddar The resolution was also approved by the members of CRG in its 19th Annual General Meeting held on 23 August 2015. The acceptance speech by Professor Samaddar "Crisis in Greece: Europe's Post Colonial Destiny" was held at the Academy of Fine Arts on 3 October 2015  from 6 - 8pm. For details of the programme click here .





  Illegal US Border Crossings Aren’t Really Breaking Records CLICK HERE
  The war on migration is meant to be lost CLICK HERE
  Revealed: More than 1,000 unmarked graves discovered along EU migration routes CLICK HERE
  New Conversation article about Elon Musk's Visit to the Mexico/US Border CLICK HERE
  U.S. Knew Saudis Were Killing African Migrants CLICK HERE
  In Delhi's Migrant Worker Settlements, the Poor Remain Poor CLICK HERE
  The words of the exiles tell their story CLICK HERE
  The desperate Tories have one idea left: target the migrants, ramp up the fear CLICK HERE
  Alone and Exploited, Migrant Children Work Brutal Jobs Across the U.S. CLICK HERE
  Ukraine Crisis doesn’t herald a New Era for Refugee Rights in Japan CLICK HERE
  IASFM19 Conference eBooks : the e-books of the Keynotes and accepted abstracts from IASFM19 (which was held August 1-5, 2022, and hosted by the Universidade Catolica de Santos) are now available CLICK HERE
  Where are immigrants moving in the US? CLICK HERE
  "No wages, bad food leave workers trapped in China's Belt and Road" CLICK HERE
  "Chinese city health system nears collapse under Covid debt burden" 18 July 2022, The Statesman CLICK HERE
  The Horror at Melilla: Another Colonial Massacre? CLICK HERE
  To the migrants who died in Texas, Biden is no different than Trump on immigration Maeve Higgins CLICK HERE
  "Ayahs' Home: Remembering the forgotten Indian nannies of London" CLICK HERE
  “The Contentious Nature of Peace” by Ranabir Samaddar on War, Justice and Social Transformation, 25 April 2022, CLICK HERE
  We Live in a World of Displacement. CLICK HERE
  The Gujarati Family That Froze to Death in Search of the 'American Dream'. CLICK HERE
  To Fully Understand the Migrant Worker Crisis, We Need a Larger Perspective. CLICK HERE
  Operation Pied Piper: Britain’s Forgotten War Children by Marilyn Johnston, Booksandideas, December 23, 2021 CLICK HERE
  “Statelessness a condition of existence” (in German translated by the IWM editorial board), IWM Post, December 2021 CLICK HERE
  “Refusing Refugees”, Gagarin, the Eurozine Podcast, Eurozine, 17 December 2021 CLICK HERE
  “Seventy Years of the Geneva Refugee Convention: A Reason to Celebrate?”, Medizinische Flüchtlingshilfe, Bochum and the Institute of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, 25 November 2021 CLICK HERE
  “Democracy and Bio-politics from Below”, Central European University, Vienna and the Albert Hirschman Centre for Democracy, 18 October CLICK HERE
  Americans treated us like animals. Then they deported us to Haiti. CLICK HERE
  Rohingya Lodged In Jail For Seven Years Appeal to HC for Refugee Status CLICK HERE
  Six Markers of the Postcolonial Destiny of the Refugee Convention of 1951 CLICK HERE
  Jews of Kolkata: A slice of history CLICK HERE
  The Body Collector of Spain: When Migrants Die at Sea, He Gets Them CLICK HERE
  Explained: BSF powers and jurisdiction CLICK HERE
  In Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’, an insight into desperate lives of South Korea’s South Asian migrant workers CLICK HERE
  “I Have Massive Nightmares” - Ali Mohammadi on his life in the Moria refugee camp, his fear of being deported, and the pandemic situation CLICK HERE
  The U.S.’s History of Mistreating Haitian Migrants CLICK HERE
  The Tampa affair, 20 years on: the ship that capsized Australia’s refugee policy CLICK HERE
  Review: A Pandemic and the Politics of Life by Ranabir Samaddar - Telegraph India CLICK HERE
  Interview- 'Workers Have Right to Relief': Activist Whose 10-Day Dharna Forced Govt to Yield CLICK HERE
  Report Fact Finding Team on The condition of deported Indonesian migrants during the period of Covid-19 from Sabah, Malaysia to Indonesia (June 2019-September 2020) CLICK HERE
  BJP's Authoritarian Population Policy Is in Sharp Contrast to Persuasive Strategies in the 1940s CLICK HERE
  The root cause of Central American migration? The United States CLICK HERE
  Activists Puncture Govt's Claims on Steps It Took to Combat Migrant Workers' Crisis CLICK HERE
  Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, “Atlas of Migration”, Third Edition (2020) CLICK HERE
  The Legend of Fat Mama – a film on the Chinese community in the city of Calcutta CLICK HERE
  Contrary to SC Ruling, Manipur HC Reading of ‘Non-Refoulement’ Recognises Right of Asylum Seekers CLICK HERE
  Estimated 4,000-6,000 refugees from Myanmar sought safety in India: UN CLICK HERE
  Without Access to Vaccines or Medicines, COVID Adds to Rohingya Refugees' Woes CLICK HERE

The Curious Case of Olu Oguibe’s Monument for Strangers and Refugees - Conceived as a tribute during ‘the refugee crisis’ of 2014/15, the American artist Olu Oguibe’s art of producing an obelisk against the backdrop of Europe battling humanitarian crisis, represented the fundamentals left unspoken under the flagship of democracy. Writer and art curator Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung reflects on the goodness of hospitality and care and the hypocrisy of nationhood, religion, democracy and the values of guiding culture alike in this article. The writer remains hopeful that the raising and dismantling of a monument dedicated to refugees, that has paved the way to a meeting point and selfie-backdrop for migrant communities – will now through its restoration lead to the exploration of issues of displacement, hospitality and compassion. CLICK HERE

  Purgatory at sea: Off the coast of Italy, cruise ships are being repurposed as holding pens for migrants rescued from the Mediterranean CLICK HERE
  Bharat-e Sanshodhito Naya Nagorikotto Ain O Paschim Bange Udbastu Sankoter Prekhyapot CLICK HERE
  Deported by Biden: a Vietnamese refugee separated from his family after decades in US CLICK HERE
  Supreme Court must rethink its order on deportation of Rohingya refugees CLICK HERE
  A lucrative border-industrial complex keeps the US border in constant ‘crisis’ CLICK HERE
  Why is the right obsessed with ‘defending’ borders? Because it sees citizenship as a commodity CLICK HERE
  Political Diary | Migrants back in national focus CLICK HERE
  Raghu Rai’s rediscovered negatives relive the horrors of B’desh’s liberation CLICK HERE
  Podcast: A Cultural Battle Is Being Fought in Every Village in West Bengal CLICK HERE
  Refoulement, Rohingya and a Refugee Policy for India CLICK HERE
  The global refugee protection regime is broken. Here’s how to fix it CLICK HERE
  SC ruling on Rohingya is against India’s commitments to international law CLICK HERE
  Special Issue and Discussions: Vulnerable Populations in Japan under Covid-19: A lull in the storm CLICK HERE
  India can’t be capital of illegal migrants, govt tells SC, justifies move on Rohingya CLICK HERE
  Myanmar in turmoil, let in refugees: Mizoram CM writes to PM CLICK HERE
  Real-life ‘Terminal’: How People Manage to Live at Airports for Months and Years CLICK HERE
  Indian Coast Guard Asks Bangladesh to 'Take Back' 81 Rohingya People Found at Sea CLICK HERE
  The first edition of the toolbox on migration in peace policy and practice - a result of a Joint Learning Process on Peacebuilding & Migration
  “Migrant Workers Solidarity Network” CLICK HERE
  “Unprecedented Exodus’: Why are Migrant Workers Leaving the UK?” CLICK HERE
  “Stories of how refugees in Asia are finding ways to not only survive but thrive as they await resettlement, and the communities that are helping them get back on their feet” CLICK HERE
  “Who holds the microphone?' Crisis-affected women's voices on gender-transformative changes in humanitarian settings: Experiences from Bangladesh, Colombia, Jordan and Uganda” CLICK HERE
  How did Indian immigrants to the US become a ‘model minority’? CLICK HERE
  Causing 'Profound' Trauma, Trump Administration Detained Record-Breaking 70,000 Children in 2019 CLICK HERE
  Hundreds of Rohingya Refugees Stuck at Sea With ‘Zero Hope’ CLICK HERE
  Principles of Protection of Migrants, Refugees, and Displaced Persons in times of COVID 19 CLICK HERE
  Migrant Workers in “The Present Time of Chaos” CLICK HERE
  Migrant workers’ rush chokes transit points in the East: Where do we go, what do we do now? CLICK HERE
  Obhabe ghar cherechilum, phirlum nisha hoye, parijeyo sramikder ghare ghare ha ha kar…A Bengali Article CLICK HERE
  Migrant Worker Dies After Walking 200 Km to Agra From Delhi CLICK HERE
  22 Migrant Workers, Kin Have Died Trying to Return Home Since the Lockdown Started CLICK HERE
  Sanitation workers – the wages of ingratitude CLICK HERE
  West Bengal migrant labourers who returned to village quarantine themselves on tree branches CLICK HERE
  Hunger Can Kill Us Before the Virus': Migrant Workers on the March During Lockdown CLICK HERE
  Coronavirus may have long lasting impact on inter-state migration CLICK HERE
  Migrant workers’ rush chokes transit points in the East: Where do we go, what do we do now? CLICK HERE
  India's coronavirus lockdown takes toll on migrant workers CLICK HERE
  Hungry, stranded and broke: Coronavirus travel bans hit migrant worker CLICK HERE
  Despite Maharashtra lockdown, labourers rushing to leave Mumbai, Pune in jampacked buses face coronavirus threat CLICK HERE
  Homeless with no income, migrant labourers wish they had left Delhi before the lockdown CLICK HERE
  Coronavirus: India’s lockdowns are a matter of life and death for its 450 million informal workers CLICK HERE
  India's poorest 'fear hunger may kill us before coronavirus' CLICK HERE
  India lockdown: Rajasthan migrant workers in Gujarat leave for homes on foot CLICK HERE
  Coronavirus: ‘Why has Modi done this?’ Rajasthan workers walk back home from Gujarat CLICK HERE
  Karnataka: Migrant Workers Taken to Camps for 'Verification Drive', 500 Detained CLICK HERE
  Stop ignoring us: Rohingya refugees demand role in running camps CLICK HERE
  Letter from Beijing: Love in the Time of COVID-19, 2020 CLICK HERE
  Sadako Ogata, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 1927-2019, November 2019 CLICK HERE
  Australia’s Shame by J.M. Coetzee,The New York Review of Books, September 26, 2019 CLICK HERE
  Malaysia and Bangladesh look to islands for refugee settlements CLICK HERE  ||  CLICK HERE
  ATLAS OF Facts and figures about people on the move MIGRATION CLICK HERE
  Greece: 39 Months at City Plaza for Refugees Ends, July 15,2019 CLICK HERE
  Rape, Malnutrition, Depression: Life in Bangladesh Rohingya Camps, the quint, July 15, 2019 CLICK HERE
  NRC: A Major Storm is brewing, the Telegraph, July 15, 2019 CLICK HERE
  An article on the Life Saver - ORS by Dipankar Bhattacharya published in Anandabazar Patrika on 16 June 2019. English translation follows... CLICK HERE
  In 40 Days, 60,000 Child Migrants Were Placed Into Concentration Camps
  Detained Kids at the Border Have to Care for Other Kids - The Atlantic
  Decentring the ‘Global’: A South Asian Migration Research Agenda LIDC Migration Leadership Team Global Migration Conversation Delhi, 22-23 May 2018
  Released on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 'The State of Refugees and Displaced People in Europe' is a summary of Refugee Rights Europe's key field research findings from 2017-2018
  Naxalbari and Popular Movements: A Conversation with Ranabir Samaddar
  Decision on the " Prosecution's Request for Ruling on Jurisdiction under Article 19(3) of the Statute", September 6, 2018
  Capitalism thrives on the immigrant labour economy (and also keeps refugee conditions precarious), Scroll, July 27, 2018
  Internal Displacement in Asia due to Natural Disaster, The Jakarta Post, August 9, 2018
  “It is easy to be xenophobic, it is harder to be humanitarian” by Meghna Guhathakurta, South Asia@LSE, August 1, 2018
  "A Migrant Boy Rejoins His Mother, but He's not the Same" by Miriam Jordan, The New York Times, July 31, 2018
  An article by Ravi Palat on Meddlesome and More, The Hindu, July 23, 2018
  An article by Ravi Palat on Decoding Trump’s Attack on Europe, The Hindu, July 18, 2018
  An article by Anne Mccall and Ravi Palat on Police Brutality towards Children and the Separation of Children from their Parents are not new in the U.S., The Hindu, June 28, 2018
  An article by Dr. Jeff Crisp on the new trend of premature repatriation of refugees by UNHCR. Dr. Crisp was formerly head of policy development and evaluation at UNHCR, and is currently affiliated to Chatham House and Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Center.
  Humane migration: A manifesto for change; An international group of scholars working with people in forced migration got together last month and drafted a manifesto on humane migration as a way to creatively work towards positive change.

Building workers: Gujarat official blames Rohingiya "infiltration"; only 20 of 877 deaths compensated since 2008, Counterview, April 27, 2018.


Susan Martin’s new blog about the Trump Administration’s misuse of Barbara Jordan’s legacy to support its misguided Immigration policies is available on the Center for Migration Studies website. Martin served as the ED of the US Commission on Immigration Reform.

http://cmsny.org/publications/martin-barbara-jordan/ ….

  The 10 Best Articles on Refugees and Migration 35/2017: http://openmigration.org/en/web-review/the-10-best-articles-on-refugees-and-migration-352017/
  Discussing the Rohingya Refugee Crisis by    OCT. 11, 2017: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/world/asia/rohingya-refugee-crisis.html
  Myanmar's Crisis, Bangladesh's Burden: Among the Rohingya Refugees Waiting for a Miracle by FELIZ SOLOMON / COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH November 23, 2017: http://time.com/5031342/bangladesh-myanmar-rohingya-refugee-crisis/
  The ungrateful refugee: 'We have no debt to repay' - The Guardian, April 17, 2017 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/04/dina-nayeri-ungrateful-refugee
  "Broken Men in Paradise: The world's refugee crisisknows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia's island prisons" 
  Paris Authorities order volunteers to stop distributing food to refugees - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/authorities-in-paris-order-volunteers-to-stop-distributing-food-to-refugees-a7584351.html
  Black Athena Reloaded 1: Ideas as Migrants, Our Common Ghosts with Christian Nyampeta and Isaïe Nzeyimana-
  The Apatride Society of the Political Others- http://www.documenta14.de/en/public-programs/1036/the-apatride-society-of-the-political-others
  The Society for The End of Necropolitics- http://www.documenta14.de/en/public-programs/1035/the-society-for-the-end-of-necropolitics
  The noospheric society- http://www.documenta14.de/en/public-programs/1037/the-noospheric-society
  The Society of Friends of Ulises Carrion- http://www.documenta14.de/en/public-programs/5155/the-society-of-friends-of-ulises-carrion
  The Cooperatives Society- http://www.documenta14.de/en/public-programs/9494/the-cooperativist-society
  Report of the Special Reporter on the human rights of migrants on a 2035 agenda for facilitating human mobility- http://reliefweb.int/report/world/report-special-rapporteur-human-rights-migrants-2035-agenda-facilitating-human-mobility