The significance of transnational perspectives at the ninth conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) marks a key change in the development of work on both forced migration and migrant transnationalism.
La signification des perspectives transnationales au neuvieme congres de l'Association internationale des etudes sur la migration forcee (IASFM) marque un jalon dans lelaboration du travail sur la migration forcee et le transnationalisme migrant.
It is therefore not surprising that transnationalism formed a significant theme of the ninth biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), that was held in Sao Paulo from January 9 to 13, 2005, and entitled The Search for Solutions: Achievements and Challenges.
(3) However, in the context of the IASFM conference much broader understandings, encompassing mobility of people, but also other forms of links and exchanges, were far more common.
The IASFM uses the term "forced migration" to refer to situations of displacement much broader than the definition contained in the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.
See the IASFM website, <www.iasfm.org> for details.