Special Issue "Exploring the Interface between Human Trafficking, “Modern Slavery” and Asylum"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2022) | Viewed by 15418
Interests: forced migration; refuge; asylum; human trafficking; research ethics; trust and mistrust; human rights; humanitarian contexts
By the end of 2019, close to 80 million people were recorded as being forcibly displaced across the globe. This figure is made up of people who policy designate as refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers and stateless populations. Although rarely studied through a forced migration lens, people who experience human trafficking are subjected to degrees of force, coercion or coercive control, with debates about agency and consent ongoing. However, people who are trafficked are generally not included in the picture of forced migration circulated globally.
This Special Issue addresses the interface between human trafficking, “modern slavery” and asylum. Human trafficking and “modern slavery” are routinely treated as exceptional phenomena, requiring new policy, bespoke criminal enforcement, unique technological interventions and widespread public awareness. Much of this response ignores the intersection between forced migration and processes of exploitation in destination countries. Policy and legislative policy responses towards people seeking asylum are becoming increasingly restrictive and hostile, with people living in contexts that are a mix of care, control, liminality, precarity and uncertainty. Definitional differences, distinct legal frameworks, separate recording of statistics and separate literatures reify segregated policy agendas around human trafficking and asylum further.
The empirical papers in this Special Issue will look at the intersections and (dis)connections between human trafficking, “modern slavery”, forced labour and asylum, including how knowledge production occurs. We are interested in papers which respond to the question of how these distinct areas are related, what can be said about the binary positions of “forced” and “voluntary” migration in these areas, considerations of how the agency of people migrating sits within these debates, plus what structural, contextual and socio-ecological positions issues are at play. Papers might also address how the development of the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants and the Sustainable Development Goals relate to this interface.
Dr. Patricia Hynes
Dr. Hannah Lewis
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- human trafficking
- modern slavery
- forced labour
- forced migration