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The Migration-Slavery Nexus

The last few decades have seen a rapid increase in complex migration-refugee flows between countries, as well as a growing public and policy concern around whether displaced people are vulnerable to human trafficking and slavery. However, there is little empirical research that establishes the links between migration and slavery. Instead the issues are treated separately. This project therefore bridges the gap and offers a large-scale study of the intersection between migration and contemporary slavery.   We are answering the questions: what are the processes through which migrants get trafficked and/or enslaved, within the context of ‘sending’, ‘transit’ and ‘receiving’ country environments? What are the lived experiences of migrants who are victims of trafficking and enslavement? What is the intersection between migration, forced marriage and slavery, within the context of both sending and receiving environments? What is the interface of migration, slavery and health in the context of traumatised migrants and refugees, especially those residing in camps? What potential sustainable interventions/practical solutions can help to address the challenges faced by deprived migrant communities (including the formerly enslaved and refugees residing in camps)? We engage with the lived experiences of different groups of migrants and the national, regional and international environments that induce slavery as well as the policies and responses to both migration and contemporary slavery.

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Matthew Voigts

My ethnographically-based research concerns better understanding refugees’ conceptions of privacy, and applying their concerns to larger theoretical, policy and design concerns around the topic.

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Rossella Pulvirenti

My thesis focuses on witness protective measures at the International Criminal Court (ICC). I The ICC, established by the Rome Statute, is the first permanent international criminal court, which exercises its jurisdiction over persons responsible of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.