With new challenges also at hand of mixed human migratory pattern, the call is loud and clear for India, Myanmar and Malaysia to equip themselves with more empathetic refugee and migrant policies and start to develop a national legislative framework that will protect asylum seekers, refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) based on international norms and regulations.
Because displacement has significant human rights and development ramifications at the national and local levels, humanitarian interventions must also be integrated with initiatives promoting sustainable development in countries of origin, transit, and destination. Without the law, refugees lack legal status, lack basic human rights, and are vulnerable to exploitation. They are trafficked, subject to arbitrary arrest and detention, left destitute and homeless, and on top of it all, are vilified as “illegal immigrants”. Without the law there is no solution and refugees are left in indefinite limbo. For these reasons, the project will aim to push for the adoption in Partner Countries of a meaningful, comprehensive, domestic legal framework that is consistent with international standards and ensures refugees are actually protected. It will do so by promoting an integrated legislative approach to forced migration by tackling its root causes through the offering of advanced international and national legal research on the subject which will also include social aspects and ultimately ensure the safety and dignity of forced migrants.
The specific objectives of the ILFM project are summarized in the following:
To Improve legal practitioners’ knowledge and expertise on International law and forced migration.
To Increase the capacity of the academic staff of Partner HEIS and improve their level of competences and skills.
To upgrade academics performance and providing the appropriate environment helping them play their roles effectively.
Enrich the innovation capacities as well as the internationalization and modernization of Partner HEIs.