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Globally, we are experiencing the largest movement of people with millions fleeing violent conflicts in Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Heightened impact of recent migrant crises especially across the Mediterranean, in Central America, Europe and the Middle East, demands new collaborative approaches to a millennia-old challenge of protecting those, especially children and women in the Global South, seeking refuge. Forced displacement concerns due to violent conflict, human rights abuse, climate change, natural disasters, economic disparity or induced development, although dominated by the rhetoric of border crossing, the vast majority of displaced people, including Indigenous and homeless peoples, never cross international borders. Actually, in many ways, internally displaced peoples are more marginalized and vulnerable because few legal instruments apply to safeguarding their rights. Furthermore, the social, political and legal issues of wealthy states favoring immigration of one group (e.g., as Western Europeans) over another (e.g., African migrants) yet unethically brain-draining resource poor countries of their highly educated citizens underpins the perpetuation of neo-colonial oppression. Obviously a form of double standards on the part of advanced nations, unfair and unjust processes of migrations are buried deep within the façade of globalizations, democracy, and development models. Law and Society Annual Meetings offer a unique opportunity to deconstruct and critically assess the complexities of forced migration discourse. While CRN 2 covers Migration and Citizenship, this new CRN will provide a focus on displacement, including internally displaced persons and refugees, which have been underrepresented at LSA in the past. For example, for the 537 papers/sessions presented at LSA 2016 in New Orleans, a title and abstract search of the words “refugee” and “internally displaced people” showed only seven and zero presentations, respectively. It is within the above context that this CRN seeks to further examine the intersections of race, gender, class, power and privilege within the global migration polity of refugees and internally displaced persons. This CRN hopes to engage everyone interested in refugee and internal displacement to network, conduct collaborative research and present at LSA Annual Meetings. Hence, an invitation is extended to all interested to participate and make a difference.

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