Research on Migration in South Asia
In the past decades an increasing number of people, especially in the global south, was forced to leave their places of origin. Armed conflicts, the search for better working and living conditions as well as the impacts of climate change have led to ceaseless population flows not only in South Asia. South Asia has noted an increase in cases of humanitarian caseloads, fault lines under forced migration like gender, race, religion, radicalization of refugee and migrant questions as well as questions of statelessness and citizenship, protracted displacement and fractured nature of protection regimes.
Our partner Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (MCRF) has had a nearly twenty year-long sustained engagement with the theme of forced migration in South Asia. In 2018 MCRG held a workshop cum conference on the “State of the Global Protection System for Refugees and Migrants” in collaboration with RLS. MCRG and RLS continue their joint work in 2019 with a research project that will aim to link the larger relevance of local regional population movements in the evolution of a global mandate in order to reframe narratives and to fight prejudices against refugees and migrants.
The Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, better known as Calcutta Research Group, was established in 1996 as a forum for political activists and intellectuals in order to campaign for a lasting peace between India and Pakistan. Its founders were a group of researchers, feminist thinkers, journalists, trade unionists, and lawyers. Today CRG is well-known for its research, dialogues, and advocacy work. The emphasis that CRG places on the East and the Northeast of India has resulted in a strong network of scholars, activists, and institutions in the region.