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Kenda Chang-Swanson - Blog 6: Learnings about open defecation in the context of India

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Open defecation.

Before coming to intern in India, I had not heard very much about the issues and implications of open defecation in many parts of the world. Conversations about global issues of inequality and social justice, usually are centred around other basic human needs such as food, water and shelter and so on. Yet, the more that I’m learning about open defecation and its related issues the more I have realised what a crucial issue it is for the health, safety, and dignity of huge numbers of people around the world—particularly in India.

Nicola Craig Hora - Blog 3: DRR in Taipei

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At the end of September I flew down to Taipei to assist with the CITYNET Yokohama Project Office’s annual Disaster Cluster Seminar. The seminar had a number of sessions on different disaster related topics from disaster medicine to community-based disaster risk reduction. There were also four site visits that allowed seminar participants to see first hand Taipei’s disaster risk reduction undertakings.

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Zachary Brabazon - Blog 4: Obstacles in the Discourse: How Conceptions of "Migration" Can Disrupt the Realization of Protection

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(Disclaimer: the following is a post centered around my own personal experiences and reflections. Any definitive statements are only worded as such because they save space, and may thus be treated as entirely anecdotal and subjective)

 

What the readership must know before reading the Blog:

I am Zachary, and I am interning with an organization called RMMRU in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Joel Toorenburgh - Blog 5: Expecting English

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**Disclaimer: The following is personal blog based on my individual experience in Dhaka, Bangladesh.**

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Kimberly Copeland - Blog 5: University Opportunities (?) for Refugees in Malaysia

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About a month ago, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a forum discussing the university education opportunities with Open Universities for Refugees, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and several other refugee-based community schools. I came out of the three day conference with more questions than answers.

This area of refugee education in Malaysia is multi-layered in it's difficulty to implement between the Malaysian universities, the government, the primary and secondary community schools, and the potential students themselves.

Katherine Gust - Blog 2: Intersection of Gender and Migration Issues in Nepal (GE)

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A month and a half in, and I am starting to grasp some of the complexities of what it means to be a woman here in this country. As an outsider and observer, the reality I grasp is a shallow reflection of the lived and felt experience of subjugation that many women felt on a daily basis before entering the shelter.

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Nathan Jost - Blog 2: "Hail the Maintainers" (GOV)

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"Hail the Maintainers"

“Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more”

Don’t worry: this article has nothing to say about economics, but bear with me for a moment.

Danae Zachari – Blog 4 (Part 3/3): Interview with Jeanne Makinadjian – Legal Advisor at MSRI

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In this final section of my interview with Jeanne Makinadjian, I ask Jeanne how UNHCR supports UNHCR appointment cardholders and UNHCR asylum seeker and refugee cardholders who are in detention. Jeanne explains the important role UNHCR plays in releasing individuals from detention and how the new UNHCR card offers higher protection.   

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Danae Zachari – Blog 4 (Part 2/3): Interview with Jeanne Makinadjian – Legal Advisor at MSRI

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In this second section, Jeanne Makinadjian explains the resettlement process and how resettlement countries, such as USA, implement their own refugee status determination, security and medical checks. We discuss the long process of being granted refugee status and that only a small proportion of the refugee population is resettled. The process of seeking asylum and the resettlement process often take a few years and individuals go through rigorous screening.

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Danae Zachari – Blog 4 (Part 1/3): Interview with Jeanne Makinadjian – Legal Advisor at MSRI

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In this three-part podcast I am interviewing Jeanne Makinadjian, the legal advisor at the Malaysian Social Research Institute, on how MSRI works as partners with UNHCR, as well as, her role at MSRI in assisting individuals to prepare for their UNHCR interviews and with writing appeals, when necessary. Jeanne briefly discusses the difference between migration law and international humanitarian law, and also defines for us the terms migrant worker, asylum seeker and refugee.

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