Refuge from Conflict: Citizenship and Forced Migration in East and Central Africa
Speaker: Dr Lucy Hovil, Senior Researcher, International Refugee Rights Initiative
Discussant: Dr Bronwen Manby, Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE
Chair: Lul Seyoum, Director, International Centre for Eritrean Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Conflict in East and Central African countries has forced the migration of hundreds of thousands of people over decades, placing significant pressure on resources in neighbouring nations and adding complexity to intra-regional politics. When protracted unrest reduces the possibility for refugees to return, the relocation of victims of conflict also carries policy implications for citizenship and associated rights.
At this event, Dr Hovil will launch her new book Refugees, Conflict and the Search for Belonging, focused on refugees across Africa’s Great Lakes region. She will discuss how refugees challenge the parameters of citizenship as they carve out spaces for inclusion, and how policy environments can overcome marginalization of victims of forced migration.