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Refugees in the 21st Century

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University of London
4-6 hours (per week)
6 Weeks
Learn about the ‘global’ system of refugee protection and how UNHCR tackles one of the most severe human rights crises of our time


This course offered by University of London will provide you with an introduction to the terminology, laws and protection systems that relate to refugees in the 21st century.

You will learn about the 1951 Refugee Convention as the ‘cornerstone’ of refugee protection standards globally and explore how the UNHCR as a global entity works to protect refugees.

Together with your peers you will discuss and explore durable, long-lasting solutions for refugees and displaced persons such as voluntary repatriation, local integration and resettlement.

In the final week of the course you will learn about internally displaced people and stateless persons who often lack the protection of any state.

This course has been designed by the Refugee Law Initiative at the renowned School of Advanced Study of the University of London, one of the leading research institutions working on refugee protection and forced migration studies.

The course is taught by Dr. Sarah Singer, Senior Lecturer in Refugee Law at University of London and Prof. David Cantor, Professor of Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies.

You can audit the course for free or opt-in for a paid certificate issued by the University of London for an additional fee. Financial aid is available for those who qualify through the provider platform.

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