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Workshop on Refugees and Migrants, November 2019

Applications are invited for a Research and Orientation Workshop to be held in Kolkata from 25 November to 29 November 2019. The workshop will be organised by the Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. It will address issues of protection for refugees and migrants, gender, race, religion and other faultlines in the protection regime, neo-liberalism and migrant labour, statelessness, borderlands and the Indian and South Asian experiences in a global context.

Research papers or creative pieces such as photo exhibits or documentaries relevant to the themes mentioned above will have to be presented by selected participants in the workshop which will deliberate on the findings. Reports prepared in the working group discussions will be presented in a plenary conference with which the programme will end.

Applicants must have (a) experience in research work in migration and forced migration studies or policy work in relevant areas, or, at least 5 years’ experience in the work for protection of migrants and victims of forced migration, and (b) proficiency in English. Besides giving all necessary particulars an application must be accompanied by two recommendation letters and a 1000 word write up on how the applicant’s work is relevant to the themes of the workshop. Selected participants from South Asia will have to pay a registration fee of INR 6000 (or USD 100) and from outside South Asia USD 500. CRG will provide boarding and lodging for six nights. Applications may be addressed to Aditi Mukherjee by email at with a copy to or by post to: IA-48, Ground Floor, Sector-III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700097, India (Tel: +91 33 2335 0409). The last date for submission of applications is 31 March 2019. Inquiries related to the application process are welcome. Application form can be downloaded from the CRG website –

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