| The Latin American and Caribbean region has a long history of solidarity with those fleeing persecution, conflict and other forms of violence, and has been reinforcing its commitment to strengthening international protection for displaced people. Large-scale displacements in Latin America and the Caribbean were until fairly recently – with the notable exception of Colombia – a feature of the past. This has been changing, however, in particular with displacement due to criminal violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America and after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
This issue of FMR will look at what can be learned from the region’s experience, and at the current and potential future challenges in the region that need to be addressed in order to protect internally displaced people, refugees, asylum seekers and stateless people.
FMR will provide a forum for practitioners, policymakers, researchers and those directly affected by the issues to share experience and examples of good practice, debate perspectives and approaches, and offer recommendations. In particular, the FMR Editors are looking for practice-oriented submissions which address questions such as the following:
- How are the countries of Latin America dealing with the legacy of protracted displacement situations?
- What can we learn from past peace and transitional justice processes in the region?
- What have been the experiences of integration of refugees both from within the region and from outside it?
- What will happen with Colombian refugees in the region after the peace deal?
- Have programmes of solidarity been effective in providing protection and solutions for refugees?
- What can be learnt from the region in terms of South-South cooperation?
- Does Latin America need a regional system of migration governance and are there good models of refugee legislation in the region?
- What is the legacy of the Cartagena Declaration, the Mexico Plan of Action, the Brazil Declaration and Plan of Action, and most recently the San Jose Declaration on Central America?
- What are the roles of regional organisations such as Mercosur, Unasur, Caricom and Comunidad Andina in the protection of forced migrants in the region? How has the Inter-American System for human rights contributed to strengthening protection standards in the region?
- Do IDPs in the region receive the protection they need?
- What are the roles of universities, faith-based organisations and other members of civil society in refugee protection?
- How can relationships between UNHCR, governments, local implementing agencies and refugees work best?
- What are the challenges and opportunities for emerging countries of resettlement?
- How successful are countries in the region in eradicating statelessness?
- How can governments and organisations respond to the emerging patterns of displacement as a result of agents of persecution such as criminal groups and drug cartels, particularly in the Northern Triangle of Central America?
- Is climate change expected to create displacement in the region and are states managing to protect environmentally displaced persons?
- What are the main protection issues for people displaced from the region, both to North America and elsewhere?
- Is the maritime protection response adequate for those fleeing by sea, especially in the Caribbean region?
- Are there particular issues for displaced children, women, minorities and people with disabilities in the region?
- What is the region’s role globally, given recent political developments and commitments in respect of refugees and migrants? And how far can the region’s own commitments be put into practice in terms of access to protection in the region?
- Is the region ready to pioneer a fourth durable solution through labour mobility?
Maximum length: 2,500 words.
Deadline for submission of articles: 5th June 2017
Please also note:
- While we are looking for examples of good, replicable practice and experience as well as sound analysis of the issues at stake, we also urge writers to discuss failures and difficulties: what does/did not work so well, and why.
- We are particularly keen to reflect the experiences and knowledge of communities and individuals directly affected by these questions. If you have suggestions of colleagues or community representatives who may wish to contribute, please do email us; we are happy to work with individuals to help them develop an article.
- FMR seeks to include articles with a gendered approach or a gender analysis as part of them.