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Refugees and Uncertain Futures

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COVID-19, global climate change, and border externalization all complicate existing refugee rights mechanisms and global protection strategies. The challenges of 2020 and beyond have highlighted the precarity of refugees and stateless people in a system that emphasizes the nation state as the solution to global challenges. Moreover, transnational far-right movements seek to undermine national migration policies across North America and Europe. What happens next to the world’s refugees?

For this Research Topic we seek articles on the theme of uncertain futures. We explore how political, environmental, health, climate, racial, nationalist, and colonial forces shape refugee rights strategies now and into the future. We welcome all types of articles including (but not limited to) empirical, theoretical, normative, and comparative work that considers the evolution of refugee rights, protection regimes, and governmental and supranational responses.

We invite articles on any topic examining areas of uncertainty for refugees, including the following:

● Vaccine nationalism and refugee health during a global pandemic
● Global climate change, climate conflict, and refugee rights
● Health, xenophobia, and border closures and asylum processing during COVID
● White nationalism and anti-refugee movements
● Challenging the legality of border externalization
● The future of the right to asylum
● Changing strategies for claiming and defining human rights
● New social media strategies and refugee rights appeals
● United nations? The future of refugee protection

We welcome articles that cover all geographic regions.


Keywords: refugee rights, refugee protection, migration policies, COVID-19, global climate change, border externalization


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

COVID-19, global climate change, and border externalization all complicate existing refugee rights mechanisms and global protection strategies. The challenges of 2020 and beyond have highlighted the precarity of refugees and stateless people in a system that emphasizes the nation state as the solution to global challenges. Moreover, transnational far-right movements seek to undermine national migration policies across North America and Europe. What happens next to the world’s refugees?

For this Research Topic we seek articles on the theme of uncertain futures. We explore how political, environmental, health, climate, racial, nationalist, and colonial forces shape refugee rights strategies now and into the future. We welcome all types of articles including (but not limited to) empirical, theoretical, normative, and comparative work that considers the evolution of refugee rights, protection regimes, and governmental and supranational responses.

We invite articles on any topic examining areas of uncertainty for refugees, including the following:

● Vaccine nationalism and refugee health during a global pandemic
● Global climate change, climate conflict, and refugee rights
● Health, xenophobia, and border closures and asylum processing during COVID
● White nationalism and anti-refugee movements
● Challenging the legality of border externalization
● The future of the right to asylum
● Changing strategies for claiming and defining human rights
● New social media strategies and refugee rights appeals
● United nations? The future of refugee protection

We welcome articles that cover all geographic regions.


Keywords: refugee rights, refugee protection, migration policies, COVID-19, global climate change, border externalization


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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16 August 2021 Abstract
16 December 2021 Manuscript

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16 August 2021 Abstract
16 December 2021 Manuscript

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