|The Project of Compilation and Documentation on Refugees and Migrants|
The University of Tokyo
CDR, the Project of Compilation and Documentation on Refugees and Migrants, is a project run by the Research Center for Sustainable Peace (RCSP), Institute of Advanced Global Studies (IAGS), the University of Tokyo. We are continuing our research for better protection and assistance for refugees and other forced migrants such as people escaping from generalized violence, human traficking, and climate change etc.
To achieve our goal of becoming a hub for dynamic and cutting edge research on people on the move, we have reformed our organization in May 2014. Now we are a part of a uniting and authorized research body of the University of Tokyo, changed from former organization as the secretariat of the Human Mobility Studies , 5-year donated project by the Hogakukan co. ltd. to the University of Tokyo.
We have also innovated a research model to create more socially significant value of research outcomes, in cooperation with private companies concerned: COI Research and Refugee Law Lecture for the Public.
RECENT [PAST] EVENTS:
The web server of CDR has been changed from the previous machine to new secure one.
We would like to report some important organizational developments for CDR. In April 2014, the Institute of Advanced Global Studies (IAGS) of the University of Tokyo decided to officially reconstitute CDR as one of its research projects. Though CDR has engaged in several research projects since its establishment, it had been basically a secretariat of the lecture series project “Refugees and Migrants” donated by Hogakukan co.ltd. By this recent organizational change, CDR became an official project specialized in research on movement of people including refugees and migrants. CDR's new name in IAGS is the Project of Compilation and Documentation on Refugees and Migrants (CDR). Please see "Developments of HMS/CDR" for more details.
Although our name has changed, our acronym remains CDR, and our work continues to be focused on the documentation and dissemination of information on forced displacement and migration issues, to be considered from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives. Our tasks include inviting experts including academic researchers and practitioners, government officers, and lawyers to discuss the pressing issues in our field of research. In addition, by the publishing of original research and information and by providing lectures and training sessions for students, professionals, and the general public, CDR contributes to the building of a more conscious public opinion on human mobility and the future of our society. Moreover, the CDR is developing an online database for knowledge accumulation and dissemination.
In this issue, we are proud to introduce former CDR staff Shikiko Masutomi's article based on her master's dissertation, which won the Michael Oakeshott Prize for best dissertation from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her analysis of refugee resettlement in Europe from a moral perspective is sure to provide insight into the fledgling refugee resettlement programme in Japan as well.
The working papers include an anthropological consideration of tourism and the East Japan Disaster by Professor Shinji Yamashita, and an introduction of statelessness and UNHCR's work by Mai Kaneko. In the Asian Digest section, CDR staff Kie Horikoshi explains our research project on access to Japanese language education in Japan. Finally, the interview features three judges from the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ), with which CDR has collaborated over the years.
We would like to thank the authors and interviewees for their valuable contributions, and welcome submissions relating to human mobility from all parts of the world.
CHECK OUT THE EVENT on 20 Mar. 2015 ¦ Multidisciplinary and Multicultural Support for Immigrants in Japan [Organized by GLOCOL of Osaka University]
RECENT [PAST] EVENTS:
[28 Feb. 2015] ¦ Current Situation and Challenges of Japanese Refugee Policy: From the View Point of Public Goods
[21 and 22 Nov. 2014] ¦ Refugee Law Comparative Forum 2014
We are happy to announce the 5th intensive open seminar and symposium on international protection, co-hosted by CDR, IARLJ, and HSP.
Started in 2009, this series of intensive seminar/symposium has been funded by Hogakukan Co. Ltd. to disseminate research outcomes of CDR, cooperated with distinguished guest lecturers from around the world. By mainly focusing on the issues of refugees and other displaced persons with the perspectives both from academia and practitioners, this seminar/symposium has been providing profound learning and practical knowledge to various participants and students.
This year's grand theme is “asylum system”, in which we would discuss protection issues comprehensively and systematically. By comparing with international and other countries' standards not limited to legal norms, we are aiming to articulate an ideal and realistic way of improving Japanese asylum system to more rights conscious one: a system in which the right to asylum is respected with all the applicable human rights standards.