Mahanirban Calcutta Research group


Fourth annual Research and orientation workshop and international conference  on refugees & migrants: issues of protection, rights and justice

Kolkata, 25 November – 29 November 2019

The Calcutta Research Group in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung will organise a research and orientation workshop and international conference on ‘Refugees and Migrants: Issues of Protection, Rights and Justice’ from 25-29 November 2019 in Kolkata. The orientation programme will have the larger Asian situation in mind, while the focus will be on South Asia and the neighbouring countries around the region. CRG has the experience of running for twelve years an annual winter workshop on issues of forced migration, racism, and xenophobia. Every year the course had a focal theme (Please see the past programmes section of CRG website for details - The key theme for this year’s workshop and conference is ‘Refugees and Migrants: Issues of Protection, Rights and Justice’. It will begin with a 4 day workshop from 25 November 2019 to 28 November 2019 (preceded by three months’ online interaction between workshop coordinators and participants), which will be followed by a 1 day plenary conference on the final day on 29 November 2019.

The workshop and conference will revolve around six research themes:

A. Global Protection Regime for Refugees and Migrants;

B. Gender, Race, Religion and other Fault Lines in the Protection Regime in South Asia;

C. Neo-Liberalism, Immigrant Economies and Labour;

D. Borderlands and Migrant Labour;

E. Statelessness;

F. The Indian Experience in a South Asian Context: Laws of Asylum and Protection

The international conference will have panels on themes ranging from the nature of the global regime of protection, increasing statelessness, South Asian scenario of forced migration, global capitalism, refugee economy and migrant labour, issues of race, gender, and resources in the map of protection, and borderlands. Many invited international speakers of global renown will address key contemporary concerns on migration at the conference.

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