Currently millions of people are suffering the trauma of being driven from their homes by a range of factors, including war, repressive regimes and natural disasters. The scale of forced migration is of growing concern, for both western donor countries, and for poorer nations, where the human burden of suffering often falls most heavily. Understanding the causes and consequences of forced migration and possessing the practical skills to deal with its challenges is essential to the development of effective programmes to assist refugees, and to address the causes of human displacement.
The Summer School aims to provide agency workers, government personnel and academics working in situations requiring responses to refugee problems with better understandings of the forces and institutions that dominate their world of those who have been uprooted. Designed for senior and middle managers involved with assistance and policy-making, participants come to Oxford from around the world to reflect on and share their experiences of the legal, psychological political and social dimensions of assistance to displaced people.
The course content is modular and participants address a number of topics based on three broad themes: 'Exploring the nature of Forced Migration', 'Causes, patterns and consequences' and 'Responses'. Each module is framed by lectures given by invited speakers. This contributes towards ensuring that the School remains at the cutting edge of research and practice.