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Critical Refugee Intersections: Before, During and After Flight

Social Inclusion (Open Access Journal) with (In)Justice International


Niro Kandasamy (University of Sydney, Australia), Lauren Avery (University of York, UK) and Karen Soldatic (Western Sydney University, Australia) as part of the (In)Justice International Global Collective


Article 1A of the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees offered five important definitional elements that help establish individuals as refugees: (a) a person’s situation of genuine risk; (b) the existence of a threat of persecution; (c) the reasons behind this persecution—a point which alluded to the possible intimidation levelled against ethnicity, Indigenous status, nationality, religion, one’s membership of a particular social group or political opinion; (d) conditions of relocation and whether the move into a different country placed an individual under threat; and finally (e) the needs and deserts of relocated individuals and the ways they should be safeguarded.

This attempt at defining refugees was deemed superficial and limited for the political climate of the time: Those fleeing from the threats of invasion or decolonisation in Africa and Asia were not considered, nor was the creation of a new kind of refugees fleeing communism in Eastern Europe and China during the cold war period. As a result, the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees was implemented to redefine, embrace, and protect these alternative refugees who had come under threat from the emergence of the new global politics and relations of power after 1951. Yet, the desired aim of protection and acceptance of all refugees has never been fully achieved and many were left stateless, without shelter and refuge. This is still the situation that exists in the 21st century for those seeking asylum.

This thematic issue is about the many diverse experiences of those seeking safety and protection, with different views on what these terms mean. With diverse refugee voices becoming more and more audible, informing scholarship on policy levels, the idea of what “critical refugee intersections” is and looks like continues to evolve. This thematic issue aims to give researchers and practitioners the opportunity to trace the predicament of refugees in the course of their migration process, with a particular focus on intersectional experiences of race, ethnicity, class, gender, caste, sexuality, disability, age, and rurality.

Topics of interest to this thematic issue include (but are not limited to) why these people felt the need to seek refuge elsewhere, what happened on their route to “safe” sanctuaries, and how they were treated/received at their final or current destinations. Proposals relating to the traumatic events of any group of fleeing refugees are encouraged, but we especially welcome those focused on movement from and within the Global South.

Case studies which carefully analyse the growing exodus of people fearful of the Taliban in Afghanistan after the hasty withdrawal of military forces from the US, UK, and the UN, and analysis of recent changes to asylum and resettlement policy and practice are also highly valued.

We welcome full length manuscripts, NGO and policy briefs (commentaries), and reviews of critical refugee works including academic books, exhibitions, films, and non-fiction books.


Instructions for Authors: 

This thematic issue is the result of Social Inclusion’s partnership with research network (In)Justice International, who is also available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ( directly. Corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee. Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here).

Open Access: 

The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio's Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. For this thematic issue, (In)Justice International will also be available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ( directly. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional members can be found here.


Submission of Abstracts: Date Now Passed


Submission of Full Papers: Date Now Passed


Publication of the Issue: October/December 2022