01.11.2018 Print

Belarus in contemporary world

On October 31, 2018 the Section «Migration, Refugees and Tolerance Issues in Contemporary World» was held in the framework of the XVI International Scientific Conference «Belarus in Contemporary World». The event was conducted jointly by the Faculty of International Relations of BSU and the International Non-governmental Association for Scientific Research, Information and Educational Programmes «Evolutio» with the support of the UNHCR Office in the Republic of Belarus. 

The work of the Section was opened by Executive Director of INA “Evolutio” A. Selivanov. Then the floor was given to the UNHCR Protection Associate in the Republic of Belarus Zoya Golovneva who first of all congratulated Belarusian State University on its 97th anniversary and thanked colleagues for their interest in the section and noted the importance and relevance of scientific research on refugee and migration issues. Her report was about “UNHCR’s response to contemporary challenges in protecting the rights of refugees and stateless persons”. Zoya expressed her hope for resolving the problems of IDPs in the future and spoke about the forthcoming UNHCR conference on statelessness, which will be held on December 4-5, 2018. Reports within the Section covered the following issues: refugees, various types of migration in the world and the Republic of Belarus, tolerance from various aspects: legal, economic, political, sociological, as well as a historical retrospective of migration processes. Issues related to factors and prospects of educational migration in the Republic of Belarus, the economic and social rights of refugees, world migration trends and the integration of migrants into a host society were most lively discussed. Andrey Selivanov, Executive Director of the INA “Evolutio”, summarizing the Section, noted its importance as a platform for discussing migration problems both at the scientific level and with the availability of a practical component. Articles on the presented topics can be found in the conference’ compilation of materials.

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