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Committee on Human Rights: Annual Report 2022 (2023)

Chapter: Responding to Challenges of Forced Displacement

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Suggested Citation:"Responding to Challenges of Forced Displacement." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Committee on Human Rights: Annual Report 2022. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27011.
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Responding to Challenges of Forced Displacement

As of mid-2022, more than 100 million people had fled their homes due to war and persecution, as well as the effects of climate change and other disasters. Through an array of projects, the CHR aims to help displaced colleagues access needed resources and to assist the scientific, engineering, and medical communities in harnessing their expertise to confront some of the challenges associated with displacement, to include psychological trauma and failing infrastructure.

Assisting Displaced Colleagues

Colleagues experiencing forced displacement often face unique challenges—from obtaining recognition of their academic credentials to identifying work opportunities in their fields. Over the past year, the CHR has worked to help dozens of colleagues identify opportunities for work and education in safe third countries. In 2022, several colleagues were offered admission to or began fellowships and/or higher education programs in Europe, the United States, and Asia. The CHR has also connected colleagues with organizations offering other needed support, such as emergency funding and mental health care.

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Suggested Citation:"Responding to Challenges of Forced Displacement." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Committee on Human Rights: Annual Report 2022. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27011.
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Addressing Challenges related to Forced Displacement through STEM Education

Despite displacement being one of the great global challenges of our time, the fields of engineering, basic, and applied sciences are often absent in discussions about education on forced displacement. As a result, students in science and engineering programs are frequently unaware of the complex challenges surrounding displacement and are ill-positioned to help address these challenges in their studies and future careers. In collaboration with the Center on Forced Displacement at Boston University, the CHR is preparing for a March 2023 workshop that will gather experts in human rights, forced displacement, and STEM pedagogy to explore opportunities in higher education for teaching STEM students about forced displacement and to develop a sketch for a course or set of modules intended to equip students in science and engineering programs to address challenges associated with forced displacement, with an emphasis on human-rights based approaches.

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Image: Akcakale refugee camp in Türkiye, near the Syrian border.
Suggested Citation:"Responding to Challenges of Forced Displacement." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Committee on Human Rights: Annual Report 2022. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27011.
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Suggested Citation:"Responding to Challenges of Forced Displacement." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Committee on Human Rights: Annual Report 2022. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27011.
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With the support of the National Academies leadership and the more than 1,500 Academy members who actively support our work, the Committee on Human Rights (CHR) continues to assist colleagues under threat around the world and integrate human rights into the work of the National Academies. This publication highlights the assistance provided by CHR to at-risk colleagues and advocacy work and events hosted by CHR during 2022 to draw attention to colleagues suffering human rights abuses as a consequence of their professional activities and their exercise of internationally protected rights.

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