Aims and Objectives
Currently, there are more than 250 million international migrants and about 65 million refugees and displaced people around the globe. Global inequality and poverty, regional conflicts, persecution, and natural disasters are among the most urgent reasons for which people leave their homes. Migration impacts people’s lives in many dimensions: migrants’ well-being, their opportunities, and their human rights are all dramatically affected. This reality makes international migration a global issue of historical significance and one of the most urgent human rights issues of our time.
The GYA Working Group “Global Migration and Human Rights” provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for addressing the global challenges brought about by international migration. We engage in scholarly research, combining insights from different academic disciplines—such as history, international law, psychology and philosophy— and we also serve as an advisory group/council, providing policy-oriented viewpoints and guidelines to international institutions based on the unique and multidisciplinary perspective of young scholars.
At the inaugural meeting in September 2016 in Berlin, the Working Group identified several decisive fields supporting a better protection of human rights in the context of migration. One of the key avenues discussed focuses on global individual responsibility in the case of newcomer integration in host societies. Here, we ask how ordinary citizens in host countries can contribute personally to the integration of newcomers, particularly refugees.
Building on available knowledge in such different disciplines as history and migration studies, social psychology, international law, and moral and political philosophy, we aspire to provide a novel account of understanding the global responsibility of individuals who see themselves as global citizens.