MobPoli’s member Jay has been awarded the Humanitarian Response Network of Canada’s Research Grant, which supports graduate-level research projects.

With new drivers of displacement gaining prominence worldwide, there has been a push for an impending need to include evolving grounds of ‘persecution’ within the narrative of forced migration. It is within this evolving narrative that Jay’s research project will feature.

His project will analyze the extent to which humanitarian practice in general has been adapted to extend beyond normative characterizations of forced migration to protect a new brand of “crisis migrants”. Based on past case studies, Jay will analyze how emerging social, political, economic and environmental crises in contexts like Venezuela and the Maldives are impacting decisions on both internal and cross-border crisis migration.

His research builds on his previous international experience with the UNHCR and the ICRC, and presents a very exciting new area of research within the Mobility & Politics collective!