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Forced Migration

October 15, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


In recent years, numbers of people forcibly displaced from their homes have reached record highs. More people than ever flee political conflict and persecution, poverty, and climate change-related disasters. In search of livelihoods and safety, migrants find themselves at risk of becoming victims of smugglers or traffickers. In light of an ongoing humanitarian focus on issues of displacement and migration, this course will provide students with historical background and relevant context through an academic lens.

Students are given an enhanced awareness and understanding of the complex interaction between migration and humanitarian interventions from multiple points of view, including migrants, host communities, hosting authorities, and the humanitarian sector. They will engage with academic material about the history of humanitarian responses to displacement; drivers of migration; durable solutions; among other topics. They will also learn from migration theory and case studies depicting situations of displacement around the world.

The six-week online course will require academic reading, online participation, and research papers.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the key elements of forced migration and show how this fits into the overall pattern of human migration.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal, security, social and economic components of forced migration and the international framework in which organizations provide protection and assistance.
  • Synthesize international instruments, political realities, and the human suffering endured by forced migrants
  • Apply knowledge of forced migration to plan and deliver appropriate humanitarian action.

The Forced Migration online course is a two-credit elective course for the IDOHA and IDMHA modules of the Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA). 

Registration is not restricted to MIHA students. Anyone interested can apply and receive two graduate-level academic credits.


MIHA students can register at my.fordham.edu.

Non-MIHA students can apply by following the instructions “to apply to an IIHA short course or professional training” on the Fordham application portal.

Please e-mail miha@fordham.edu with any inquiries.


October 15, 2018 @ 8:00 am
November 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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