Conferences and Workshops

Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UNHCR Statute, CMRS  organized two webinar sessions on January 21, 2021 in the framework of the International conference organized by the Global Academic Interdisciplinary (GAIN)


Sessions 1: Legal and Policy Frameworks in Refugee Hosting Countries: Perspectives from the MENA region.

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Session 2: International Cooperation in the face of the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

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Researching Migration and Mobility in the Global South Workshop, featuring Public Panel Event: On the Move. Migration and Politics of Movement in the Global South

October 24-26, 2019, Tahrir Campus, AUC

During the three day workshop, “Researching Migration and Mobility in the Global South,” AUC’s Center for Migration and Refugee Studies hosted scholars from across the world to discuss migration governance, the politics of migration, as well as the challenges to research and discourse around movement in the Global South. Scholars from Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Ghana, Brazil, India, and Egypt presented migration and mobility research relevant to their areas and regions of study. The conference began with a public panel event held at Tahrir Campus on Oct. 24th where scholars engaged with the AUC and Cairo community to discuss and answer questions about Global South migration research while countering the prominent narrative of South-North migration with a focus on South-South mobility patterns. Following the public event was a two-day closed workshop for the scholars to delve deeper into the topics of migration, present challenges in the field and draw parallels among regions and research. The core concepts of the workshop included: navigating knowledge regimes within national contexts, governance and state politics affecting refugee populations, migrants navigating migration regimes, and the influences of social class, nation-state, and gender in the migration context. The workshop closed with a conclusion discussion on the elements of Global South migration issues to be included in an upcoming coming book to be published by AUC Press in Fall 2020.


Preventing Statelessness among Migrants and Refugees: Birth Registration and Consular Assistance in Egypt and Morocco CMRS AUC Conference

7 October 2019

On October 7 and 8, 2019, the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS), in coordination with the London School of Economics (LSE), held an international conference on ‘Statelessness’ at the historic AUC Tahrir campus. Three panels were held on the first day, each discussing a different approach to the topic of preventing statelessness, including the situation in both Egypt and Morocco, as well as regional and international perspectives. Panelists spoke on behalf of international and local organizations, as well as academic institutions. The second day was reserved for a closed-door meeting, giving local, regional, and international experts on the topic the space to discuss and refine the conclusions and recommendations of the draft Egypt country report, soon to be published by CMRS. Altogether, it was agreed upon that all entities need to unify their voices and cooperate on the topic of both preventing statelessness and dealing with individuals who are already stateless and wish to receive documentation. It will be of utmost importance for these stakeholders and academics to work together in the future to raise more awareness on the topic and to implement crucial policies dealing with statelessness in Egypt.


Conference on International Cooperation in Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees in the Euro-Mediterranean Space 

In an attempt to contribute to the discussion on international cooperation in the area of migration in the Euro-Mediterranean Space, CMRS held a two-day international conference that brought together academics and practitioners from both Europe and Southern Mediterranean countries. The conference “International Cooperation in Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees in the Euro-Mediterranean Space” took place on October 9 & 10, 2017 at the Tahrir Square Campus. 

The Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy of AUC delivered the welcoming speech that was followed by remarks by the Head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt and the Country Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Following that, six panels were organized on subjects of refugee protection, the political discourse over refugees, the media and refugees, the migration-refugee nexus, the access of refugees to labor markets and ensuring livelihoods for refugees. Panelists were senior academics, researchers and experts from reputed universities and institutions in the Middle East, Europe and North America as well as representatives of international organizations. In two following plenary sessions, participants discussed reports on debates in the six panels. In the closing session, the academics, researchers and experts participating in the conference issued a statement meant as a contribution to the preparatory process leading up to the discussion and adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2018. 

The conference attracted a large and diverse audience until its very end. In addition to academics and researchers, the audience included Egyptian government officials, representatives from Middle Eastern and European Embassies, EU diplomats, UN officials, representatives of civil society organizations, members of refugee communities in Cairo and the interested public at large.


Cairo Papers’ Twenty-Fifth Annual Symposium on International Migration in the Mediterranean Basin

This year's theme of AUC’ Cairo Papers in Social Science (CPSS) Annual Symposium, an annual platform organized annually around different social science themes, was on International Migration in the Mediterranean Basin. In this regard, CPSS collaborated with CMRS in identifying the researchers to write the papers, reviewing their abstracts, and organizing the symposium, which took place on April 1, 2017. The papers discussed in the symposium will be published as Volume 35 of the CPSS Series, a quarterly refereed monograph series that is published only by AUC. 


UN-ESCWA – CMRS Expert Group Meeting

Endurance, Resistance, and Survival: Women and Girls in Conflict and Humanitarian Settings in the Arab Region

October 7 - 8 2015 

The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy's Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, has held a Consultative Expert Group Meeting on the Social and Economic Situation of Women in Conflict Stricken Countries in the Arab Region on October 7 and 8, 2015. 

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss a study that examines the effects of various forms of conflict on women in contemporary Arab states and the socio-economic challenges they face. The study also addresses the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in safeguarding the rights and safety of women in situations of conflict and discusses structural changes (if any) and implications in women's political participation in recent uprisings and conflicts. 

The methodology, conceptual framework and preliminary findings of this study were presented at the meeting in order to identify any gaps and shortcomings and the participants proposed revisions and recommendations with the purpose of strengthening the study and its potential contribution to a better understanding of the issues in question.