UNHCR-TISS Essay Competition World Refugee Day 2020 - Scholastic World


Thursday, 25 June 2020

UNHCR-TISS Essay Competition World Refugee Day 2020

On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 55/76 decided that, from 2000, 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day. In this resolution, the General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Every year on the 20th of June, the World Refugee Day is commemorated to honour all refugees, raise awareness and solicit support
UNHCR in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and Mumbai University short essays on the theme “Building Back Better Together for Everyone: Refugees, Asylum Seekers and the Stateless amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic” 
The theme for Year 2020 promotes inclusivity and acceptance of all those who seek shelter and security. Refugees suffer from a sense of exclusion and therefore deserve to be protected and integrated into society. Every refugee must feel a sense of belongingness. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the urgency to protect the vulnerable is now more than ever. 

The competition is being organized for all students pursuing recognized undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral degrees in law, public policy and social sciences and other disciplines. 
Research may be drawn from any relevant discipline (including but not limited to economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, politics or sociology), or may be inter- disciplinary. The research may be theoretical, or it may incorporate empirical/field research findings (i.e. field research is not required). The Competition sub-themes promote contextually relevant, multidisciplinary and clear expositions involving critical analysis of the contemporary challenges through the prism of the COVID-19 Pandemic, these are – 
 Challenges to protection of refugees in situations of mass influx during emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 Developing mechanisms for the effective economic inclusion of refugees. 
 The need for a gendered perspective on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to mitigate adverse impacts on female refugees. 
 Comprehensive approaches to combating toxic narratives against migrants, refugees and the stateless: Solidarity in times of pandemic and beyond. 
 Exploring new partnerships: How international organisations and private sector can support refugee led organisations. Please note that the participant must address at least one of the aforementioned sub-themes in their essay. 

 The deadline for submitting the essay is 1700 hours (Indian Standard Time) on 10th of July 2020. 
 The results will be declared on 30th July 2020. 

An internal jury composed of UNHCR experts along with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and Mumbai University will screen all entries. The internal and expert juries will judge entries by the following criteria: 
 Quality of content and writing; 
 Quality of research; 
 Originality, creativity and timeliness of the essay; 
The top three essays will be published on the official website of UNHCR India. The winners will also be invited to discuss their essays with a distinguished panel of UNHCR experts and professors from TISS and Mumbai University. All participants will receive certificates. 

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