A Critical Analysis of the Migration Ban Lifecycle for Women Domestic Workers in the Indo-Pacific Region

By: Dr. Sophie Henderson, Dr. Richa Shivakoti, & Dr. Matt Withers
Although migration bans often appear to be enforced in a piecemeal and reactive fashion, they have been embraced by an increasing number of countries and used more frequently over time, drawing nascent academic and civil society attention to their efficacy as a potential mechanism for negotiating better wages and conditions for migrant domestic workers (MDWs). There has been little comparative analysis of the varying political logics behind migration bans, the extent to which they might reflect extant gender norms or economic constraints, and the emergent patterns of policy convergence or divergence within and between sub-regional contexts.

Digital Livelihoods: The Promises and Perils of Remote Work for Refugees

By: Dr. Philip Rushworth
On Friday, 12 June, we hosted a panel of researchers and practitioners at The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement at Cambridge University to discuss remote work for refugees. This guest post covers some of the key themes from our discussion.

Covid-19 and the onset of lockdown around the world has revealed and accentuated a number of existing faultlines and trends. One of these is discourses about “the death of the office” and an increasing shift to remote work. This promises a profound impact for many people, but it raises particular questions for those who face severe restrictions on their ability to work in their location. One such group is refugees.

World Refugee Day 2020

Today, on World Refugee Day, the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement recognises the courage and resilience of the nearly 80 million people who have been forced to flee from their homes as refugees or internally displaced people. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and with anti-racism protests spreading globally, it seems an opportune time to take stock and consider how, in ways both small and large, we can contribute to making the world a more inclusive place.

Borders, Politics, and Pandemics: The Risks of Technosolutionism in the Time of COVID-19

By: Dr. Petra Molnar
As the ‘Feared Outsiders’, refugees, immigrants, and people on the move have long been linked with bringing disease and illness across borders. Not only are these links blatantly incorrect, but they also legitimize far-reaching state incursions and increasingly hard-line policies of surveillance and novel technical ‘solutions’ to manage migration.

How Humanitarian Blockchain Can Deliver Fair Labor to Global Supply Chains

By: Ashley Mehra and Dr. John G. Dale
Blockchain technology in global supply chains has proven most useful as a tool for storing and keeping records of information or facilitating payments with increased efficiency and its use to improve supply chains for humanitarian projects has mushroomed over the last five years; in large part due to the potential for transparency and security that the design of the technology proposes to offer. We want to ask an important but largely unexplored question about the human rights of the workers who produce these “humanitarian blockchain” solutions: “How can blockchain help eliminate extensive labor exploitation issues embedded within our global supply chains?”