The Atlantic Fellowship is built on the key premise that collaboration between Fellows from the seven globally diverse Atlantic programs will advance fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies. The Displacement of Migrant and Refugee Populations Fellows Group is an example of that connection and collaboration. They have launched a specially curated website, www.narrativesofdisplacement.org, aimed at both policy-makers and the public.
Six Fellows, from four programs and disciplines, are working together to bring about transformative change in the lives of migrant and refugee populations. The group combines their diverse skills to start addressing the status quo narrative surrounding displacement through a combination of cross-disciplinary creative and academic approaches, with the objective of influencing the public and policy-makers and normalizing the discourse around displacement.
The Fellows from four programs (pictured below), with the support of the Atlantic Institute, brought a group of 18 from across the Atlantic programs to Jordan in October 2019 to study the effects of displacement on health. Crossing Borders: Displacement and the Effects on Health included workshops in Amman and a cornerstone visit to Za’atari refugee camp, home to almost 80,000 Syrians who have fled their country’s civil war. Reflecting on that experience, the group, in collaboration with other participating Fellows, developed several long-term project strands combining academic research, leadership thought pieces and art.
The Fellows involved in the collaboration are Tala Al-Rousan (Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health; Durkhanai Ayubi, Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity; Dominic Campbell, Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health; Johnny Miller, Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity; Zanele Ntombizanele, Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in South Africa, and Laqman Yesufu, Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in South Africa.