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Forced Migration in Africa: The Case of Liberian Refugees in Ghana

Date and Time:
February 9, 2023 9:00 am - February 9, 2023 10:30 am (MST)
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Description:

In this presentation Professor Naohiko Omata, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and Dr Veronica Fynn Bruey, Legal Studies, Athabasca University will highlight the state of forced migration on the continent of Africa focusing on Liberian refugees in Ghana as published in the books, The Myth of Self-Reliance: Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp (2017) and Deadly Voyages: Migrant Journeys across the Globe (2019).

Bios:

Professor Naohiko Omata, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford: Prior to joining the RSC, Naohiko Omata was Senior Teaching Fellow in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at University of London. Previously, he has worked as a practitioner and consultant for UNDP, UNHCR, and international and local NGOs in various Sub-Saharan African countries. Based on extensive research in West Africa, Naohiko has published widely on refugee livelihoods, rights and repatriation including articles in the Journal of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration Review. Before started his career in forced migration and international development, he worked in the private sector in Japan and the United States. Naohiko received his PhD in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London; he also holds an MA in Forced Migration and Humanitarian Aid from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in Law from the University of Tokyo.

Dr. Veronica Fynn Bruey, Legal Studies, Athabasca University: Veronica is a multi-award winner and a passionate academic-advocate. Holding six academic degrees from four continents, she has researched, taught, consulted, and presented at conferences in over 30 countries. She’s authored five books, several book chapters, and journal articles. She is the founder/editor-in-chief of the Journal of Internal Displacement; the co-lead of Law and Society’s Collaborative Research Network (CRN-11): “Displaced Peoples”; the lead of Law and Society Association’s International Research Collaborative (IRC-10): “Disrupting Patriarchy and Masculinity in Africa”; the founder the Voice of West African Refugees in Ghana at the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana. She is also the Australian National University International Alumna of the Year, 2021, the president of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, and a Co-Chair, Africa Interest Group, American Society of International Law. Currently, she is an Action Canada Fellow (2022-2023), Director of Flowers School of Global Health Sciences, and an assistant professor of Legal Studies at Athabasca University. Veronica is a born and bred Indigenous Liberian war survivor.

 

Add to Calendar February 9, 2023 9:00 am February 9, 2023 10:30 am MST Forced Migration in Africa: The Case of Liberian Refugees in Ghana

In this presentation Professor Naohiko Omata, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and Dr Veronica Fynn Bruey, Legal Studies, Athabasca University will highlight the state of forced migration on the continent of Africa focusing on Liberian refugees in Ghana as published in the books, The Myth of Self-Reliance: Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp (2017) and Deadly Voyages: Migrant Journeys across the Globe (2019).

Bios:

Professor Naohiko Omata, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford: Prior to joining the RSC, Naohiko Omata was Senior Teaching Fellow in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at University of London. Previously, he has worked as a practitioner and consultant for UNDP, UNHCR, and international and local NGOs in various Sub-Saharan African countries. Based on extensive research in West Africa, Naohiko has published widely on refugee livelihoods, rights and repatriation including articles in the Journal of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration Review. Before started his career in forced migration and international development, he worked in the private sector in Japan and the United States. Naohiko received his PhD in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London; he also holds an MA in Forced Migration and Humanitarian Aid from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in Law from the University of Tokyo.

Dr. Veronica Fynn Bruey, Legal Studies, Athabasca University: Veronica is a multi-award winner and a passionate academic-advocate. Holding six academic degrees from four continents, she has researched, taught, consulted, and presented at conferences in over 30 countries. She’s authored five books, several book chapters, and journal articles. She is the founder/editor-in-chief of the Journal of Internal Displacement; the co-lead of Law and Society’s Collaborative Research Network (CRN-11): “Displaced Peoples”; the lead of Law and Society Association’s International Research Collaborative (IRC-10): “Disrupting Patriarchy and Masculinity in Africa”; the founder the Voice of West African Refugees in Ghana at the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana. She is also the Australian National University International Alumna of the Year, 2021, the president of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, and a Co-Chair, Africa Interest Group, American Society of International Law. Currently, she is an Action Canada Fellow (2022-2023), Director of Flowers School of Global Health Sciences, and an assistant professor of Legal Studies at Athabasca University. Veronica is a born and bred Indigenous Liberian war survivor.

 

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