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Archive: July 2016

Emma De Vynck - Blog 4: Introducing SomChai, a KSDC student

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Life at the Karenni Social Development Centre (KSDC) rolls on. Rainy season has hit with full force, bringing with it rice planting season, innumerable shades of green, and beautiful foggy mornings. Now that I've found a daily rhythm, the days gather momentum and evolve into weeks with quick ease. I've had to catch myself as I settle into that rhythmic "normalcy"--I'm only here about 7 months--I don't want to fall into a complacent lull. At the same time, finding rhythm is a great comfort, although in all honesty I'm shaken out of rhythm often enough to stay meaningfully uncomfortable.

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Kim Copeland - Blog 3: Restructuring an Education System and my Own Work Habits at MSRI

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The Malaysian Social Research Institute provides case management, medical consultation and counselling and education (kindergarten, primary and secondary as well as adult English education) to refugees that currently reside in Malaysia.

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Sidney Moss - Blog 3: Shut Up and Listen

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As mentioned in my previous post, my first month in India was spent at the PRIA office in Delhi where I learned the details and background of the project that I was assigned to. I researched the topic of ‘urban sanitation’ as much as I could; trying to develop a base understanding of sanitation issues in Indian cities before I was sent to the field. This time was well spent, as it eased me into the complexity of the project, and of India itself. However, I still found myself struggling with letting go of the need to “grasp” a topic.

Claire Horwood - Blog 4: Interview with Naghme (Interpreter at MSRI)

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As discussed in my first blog post, one of my goals during my internship is to examine the many ways that language, with all of its nuances and all of its layers, impacts the people who work at MSRI and the refugees who access essential services. My hope is that this information will help to shine some light on one of the most prominent invisible barriers that refugees and service providers face, both in facilitating integration into host countries, and during the re-settlement process.

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Elena Lopez - Blog 3: Migrant Labour

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In this podcast, I discuss the role migrant workers play in constructing public infrastructure, namely the transit system. Public transportation is often advocated as a good that benefits broader society. However, it's important to remember that migrant workers are part of society too, and their contributions should be recognized. One way of doing this is through the inclusion of migrant workers in union membership.

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Kim Copeland - Blog 2: The United Nations Global Forum on Migration and Development: History, Objectives, and What is to Come

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The Global Forum on Migration and Development is a voluntary, informal, non-binding and government-led process that began after a September 2006 report from the UN General Assembly High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development. The event (usually spanning over a four-day period: two government-led days and two civil society-driven days) is open to United Nations States Members and observers; and civil society.

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Janice Dowson - Blog 3: Soweto Uprising - "This is our day"

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This blog explores the 1976 Soweto Uprising, in which approximately 20000 black students protesting for fair education policies were met with violent police resistance. It explores the historical and present student activism in South Africa and reflects on how my time in South Africa has made me re-think my own relationship with education. 

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Claire Horwood - Blog 3: Interview with Andrea Fernandez (School Manager at MSRI)

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As discussed in my previous blog post, one of my goals during my internship is to examine the many ways that language, with all of its nuances and all of its layers, impacts the people who work at MSRI and the refugees who access essential services. My hope is that this information will help to shine some light on one of the most prominent invisible barriers that refugees and service providers face, both in facilitating integration into host countries, and during the re-settlement process.

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Danae Zachari - Blog 2: UNHCR in Malaysia

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International Instruments Protecting Refugees’ Rights