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Southeast Asia Regional School in Forced Migration

3-12 December 2001

The Southeast Asia Regional School in Forced Migration, organised jointly by Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University and the Asian Research Centre for Migration (ARCM) aims to provide those who work with refugees and other displaced people with better understandings of the forces and institutions that dominate their world and the world of those who have been uprooted. Participants leave the Regional School with insights into:

- different views on the nature of forced migration
- the historical context of forced migration and its location within regional and global processes, with particular emphasis on Southeast Asia
- the multi-faceted realities faced by forced migrants and how these are represented
- contemporary responses to migration, at institutional and ground levels

Skills in reflection, analysis, synthesis and teamwork are developed via critical engagement with lectures, readings, case studies, interactive exercises and the sharing of insights and experiences. The overall intention is to sustain a culture of the reflective practitioner while also practising and developing skills useful in the workplace.

The Regional School is modelled on Oxford University’s International Summer School in Forced Migration, which has now been running for more than ten years. The Regional School enables access to the benefits of the International Summer School for those who, for reasons of cost or time, cannot travel to the UK. In addition, the Regional School will have greater focus on forced migration as it relates to Southeast Asia. While the course is held in Bangkok, a major hub of refugee co-ordination in Thailand, the School will attract participants from other parts of Southeast Asia as well as South Asia and Oceania.

Level: professional

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Participants: Senior and middle managers involved with assistance and policy-making for forced migrants. Participants will typically include host government officials, intergovernmental and non-governmental agency personnel engaged in planning, administering and co-ordinating assistance. There are places for a maximum of 40 participants. The design of the School is inter-disciplinary and intensive. Participants are expected to participate fully in all sessions. Applicants are expected to have experience and interest in working with displaced people, forced migrants or refugees; have a first degree and be proficient in the English language.

Tuition, fee, lodging: The course fee for the 10-day course is US$1950. This includes 12 nights’ full board accommodation; all tuition costs; course materials; and some social activities. An adjustment to the course fee will be made for those who do not need accommodation. In addition to covering the costs of travel and fees, applicants should obtain provision for other subsistence requirements and incidental expenses. Please apply by completing the Regional School application form and submitting this to the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, with a personal statement and curriculum vitae. A selection committee reviews applications and candidates are informed thereafter. On receiving an invitation to join the School, a firm confirmation of participation should be made. The closing date for applications is 15 October 2001 but as the School could be oversubscribed, applications should be made as soon as possible to ensure a place. For further details see:

Contact Information:
Ms Ratchada Jayagupta
The SEA Regional School Administrator, ARCM
Asian Research Centre for Migration
Institute of Asian Studies
7th Floor Prajadhipok-Rambhai Barni Building
Chulalongkorn University, Phyathai Road
Bangkok, 10330
Tel: +66 2 2187462
Fax: +66 2 2558854 / 2551124

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