Migration and Asylum Project (M.A.P) is a dedicated center for refugee law and forced migration studies. Founded in 2013, M.A.P aims to adopt innovative methods to expand the protection space available for forced migrants and refugees through programmes on legal empowerment, research & policy, and advocacy & outreach.
The magnitude of the ongoing global refugee crisis has made it a dominant issue in contemporary discourse, and India’s position in the South Asian region places it in a unique position to lead the regional conversation on the subject. In light of this, we believe that there is an urgent need to encourage public discourse and bring together governing authorities, legal practitioners, academics, UN representatives and civil society to discuss the way forward for a cohesive approach combining international and domestic law.
With this objective, M.A.P cordially invites you to our panel discussion on “The Emerging Narrative of Forced Migration in South Asia”, to be held at the India International Center, New Delhi, on 10th January 2019. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, MP.
The discussion will be held in two sessions, as follows:
Session 1: Financial Inclusion of Refugees as a Means of Self-Reliance (9.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.)
Panelists: Mohammed Mahbub Alam, Financial Intelligence Unit, Government of Bangladesh; Yasuko Shimizu, Chief of Mission, UNHCR, India (TBC); Selin Mathews, Program Manager, BOSCO (UNHCR Partner); Swati Mehta, Fellow, GiZ Germany; Salma Gul, Refugee Representative and Lead Artisan, Atiqa.
Session 2: The Law of Asylum: Refugee Protection in a Legal Vacuum (2.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.)
Panelists: Ashwani Kumar, Senior Advocate & Former Union Minister for Law and Justice ; Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director, Amnesty International; Nasreen Chowdhory, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Delhi University; Martin Jones, Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York (UK)
With the goal to acquaint the wider public with the experience of asylum seekers who are forced to flee from their home and find refuge in an alien, foreign land, M.A.P is curating a one-of-a-kind interactive art exhibition, Passage to Asylum: The Journey of a Million Refugees.
Passage to Asylum is a series of six contiguous installations that will symbolically depict the varying stages of a refugee’s journey, from home to conflict to asylum. As you walk through each installation, you are invited to negotiate a space that has been created through an interplay of objects and light. The structure of each installation, as well as their order and the objects they contain, have been deliberately chosen to illustrate the human experience of an asylum-seeker, either literally or through metaphor. As part of its immersive nature, Passage to Asylum is also accompanied by an audio component, as well as other interactive elements that have been created to enhance and personalize your time in the exhibition.
The purpose of this exhibition is twofold. The first is to generate empathy for refugees and create awareness of the constant hurdles they face as they seek asylum. The second is to address any fears the public might have about refugees. The installation will convey the rigorous process that goes into classifying a person as a refugee— not every immigrant is a refugee and it is not easy to be recognized as a refugee.
The event will run from 10th to 15th January 2019 in the Art Gallery, Kamla Devi Complex, India International Center. Kindly register here in case you are interested to attend the exhibition.