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Jay Song

Dr Jay Song was formerly a Research Fellow and Director of the Migration and Border Policy Project and a Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York. Before joining the Institute, she was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University, UN consultant to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Associate Fellow at Chatham House and post-doc researcher at the Centre on Migration Policy and Society in Oxford. Jiyoung holds a PhD in politics from the University of Cambridge.


Articles by Jay Song (13)

  • UN and Obama Summits: What's Next?

    After years of refugee and migrant crises, for the first time in history this week 193 UN member states agreed to a unified approach. It was a consensus that was mostly talk with little action but it could yet be a platform for change. The Summit's main achievement was to adopt the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants.
  • Time for a whole-of-nation approach to asylum seekers

    In a little over a month's time, a high level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants will take place at the UN general assembly in New York. President Obama will host the leaders summit that will call  for all member states to pledge their commitment to the international protection of refugees. Much work has already gone into this event with the UN appointment of  a special adviser back in January to work with member states and other stakeholders.
  • The migration-security nexus in Asia and Australia (part 5)

    In my earlier posts in this series on the migration-security nexus in Australia and Asia (see part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4), I’ve identified human insecurity as the major source of migration from Asia to Australia, and explained some commonly held human security concerns, or rather myths, about migrants in Australia. This is what I call a spiral model of human security and migration. It is fundamentally people’s security concerns that create mass movements across national borders.
  • The migration-security nexus in Asia and Australia (part 4)

    There are clear signs that policy circles now consider migration to be an emerging security issue. For the first time this year’s Shangri-la Dialogue had a session on migration, during which Chinese and Indonesian delegations presented their respective policies on the security challenges of irregular migration. The 2016 Asia-Pacific Security Assessment includes a chapter on the migration-security nexus.