What Anthropology Professor Faith Nibbs, director of SMU’s Forced Migration Innovation Project, says about the immigration issue:
""It is a humanitarian crisis because of the reasons that they're fleeing and because there's such large numbers and because it becomes a convoluted mix of people who pick up on that trail along the way. It also becomes a border security crisis. It's a matter of letting the system play out that will separate the two."
About Faith Nibbs
Faith Nibbs is the Director of the new Forced Migration Innovation Project housed in the Department of Anthropology that will be researching the role of innovation, career laddering, and the private sector in securing sustainable livelihoods in forced migration. The project has both practical and academic aims. On a practical level, it will serve as a knowledge platform that can inform the work of resettlement agencies by compiling and assessing actual and potential livelihood solutions. On an academic level, it aims to develop a conceptual understanding of the changing relationship between state-led resettlement programs, markets and public perception in refugee job placement. The goal of this project is to contribute directly to practice developing methodologies to identify alternative and sustainable livelihood practices that can be duplicated in other contexts and other western countries of resettlement.
Nibbs has over a decade of experience in researching and publishing on refugee resettlement and social cohesion in the US and Europe. Besides teaching at SMU, UTA, and TCU, she has worked collaboratively across disciplines on refugee-related research projects, notably with UT Southwestern's Department of Urology, Oxford University's Department of Forced Migration, and the University of Wisconsin's Department of History. She has sat on the board of refugee resettlement organizations and spoken in the US, Europe, and China on issues of integration to broad audiences of academic and non-academics interested in refugee social and economic inclusion. Her research focuses on the anthropological understanding of diasporic refugee communities and how long-term transnational involvement and incorporation into local host societies co-exist.