ToC: Journal of Refugee Studies Table of Contents for September 1, 2014; Vol. 27, No. 3

Oxford Journals have recently publishe dthe latest Table of Contents alert for the Journal of Refugee Studies.  Further details of the articles included in this volume, Vol. 27, No. 3, (September 2014), are detailed below:


The Pursuit of State Status and the Shift toward International Norms: South Korea’s Evolution as a Host Country for Refugees
Hans Schattle and Jennifer McCann
Journal of Refugee Studies 2014 27: 317-337
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Gender, Securitization and Transit: Refugee Women and the Journey to the EU
Alison Gerard and Sharon Pickering
Journal of Refugee Studies 2014 27: 338-359
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Neither Temporary, Nor Permanent: The Precarious Employment Experiences of Refugee Claimants in Canada
Samantha Jackson and Harald Bauder
Journal of Refugee Studies 2014 27: 360-381
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Riotous Refugees or Systemic Injustice? A Sociological Examination of Riots in Australian Immigration Detention Centres
Lucy Fiske
Journal of Refugee Studies 2014 27: 382-402
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‘I am a Widow, Mother and Refugee’: Narratives of Two Refugee Widows Resettled to Australia
Caroline Lenette
Journal of Refugee Studies 2014 27: 403-421
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Local Currencies: A Potential Solution for Liquidity Problems in Refugee Camp Economies
Brent Ranalli
Journal of Refugee Studies 2014 27: 422-433
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Where ‘Difference is the Norm’: Exploring Refugee Student Ethnic Identity Development, Acculturation, and Agency at Shaw Academy
Oluchi C. Nwosu and Sandra L. Barnes
Journal of Refugee Studies 2014 27: 434-456
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Beyond the Law: Power, Discretion, and Bureaucracy in the Management of Asylum Space in Thailand
Adam Saltsman
Journal of Refugee Studies 2014 27: 457-476
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New Items Archive (weekly)

  • Description: Located in the Refugee Archive at EI7.2 UNR.
    Documentary on the Indonesian island of Java, which is home to the planet’s most polluted river and a textile industry supplying some of the world’s biggest fashion brands. Reporter Seyi Rhodes and director Hugo Ward expose the extraordinary amount of untreated toxic waste from the textile factories – non-degradable plastics, household rubbish, dead animals and fish and human effluent – blanketing the Citarum river, which 35 million people rely on for drinking, cooking and washing.


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New Journal Articles (weekly)

  • “The relocation experiences of refugees can be daunting; refugee children must contend with a unique set of challenges. Drawing on Berry’s (1976, 2005, 2009) concept of acculturation that emphasizes integration and multiculturalism rather than assimilation, this ethnography examines the educational practices at Shaw Academy, a charter school for immigrant, refugee, and native-born children. We focus on the school’s involvement in positive ethnic identity development for refugee students, strategies to combat injustices, and self-efficacy promotion. Findings suggest that multicultural teaching, curricula, and programmes, spearheaded by ethnically diverse personnel, promote academic adjustment for refugee students by fostering appreciation for cultural diversity, positive ethnic identity development, and agency. Moreover, students learn to manage conflict and cultivate the intellectual and emotional tools needed to become change agents in society. Our findings provide important implications and best practices for schools interested in proactively meeting the educational needs of refugee students. “


  • “Refugee camps typically suffer from inadequate means of exchange: hard currency is scarce and quickly finds its way out of the community. In such situations, local demand that could be met with local resources goes unmet. This article evaluates local currencies (also known as community or complementary currencies) as a policy instrument available to address this problem. A local currency fosters economic activity and generates employment by ensuring that a baseline of local demand is met by local supply. A local currency also fosters local pride and has the potential to strengthen ties between a refugee camp and the surrounding host community. The article distinguishes two broad categories of local currency that may have applicability in refugee camps, and presents relevant case studies (examples of local currencies implemented at a Dutch resettlement camp and in the slums of Mombasa, together with a discussion of the increasingly popular use of fresh food vouchers at refugee camps). A full-fledged local currency project of the kind described here has not yet been attempted at a refugee camp in the developing world. The article closes with a list of questions and considerations for practitioners who may wish to undertake the experiment. “


  • “The sparse literature on contemporary narratives of widowhood among refugee women as a consequence of conflict situations indicates that this aspect of lived experience is relatively unexplored. While loss is integral to the refugee journey, there is a paucity of analysis of how the sudden loss of a spouse under such circumstances can compound resettlement anxieties, particularly when women raise children alone. By exploring meanings attached to widowhood using examples from the experiences of two younger refugee women resettled in Brisbane, Australia, this article demonstrates how they negotiated lives characterized by community ostracism and stigmatization attached to widowhood and lone parenting. The limited knowledge specifically on young or middle-aged widowhood, the compounded impact on lone parenting, and intra-group tensions among refugee women are highlighted. Such an oversight should be addressed to provide a full understanding of complex wellbeing experiences for refugee widows with children resettled in western nations. “


  • “This article draws on testimony from refugees formerly held in Australian immigration detention centres who either participated in or witnessed riots in detention, alongside academic literature examining riots in a range of settings, to elucidate how and why riots happen in immigration detention. The article outlines a model of contextualizing and immediate preconditions for riots and then uses this model to analyse a series of riots which occurred in Australian immigration detention centres between 1999 and 2011. The author proposes that conditions in immigration detention centres almost guarantee riots and that while practices such as arbitrary use of solitary confinement and excessive use of force commonly act as the immediate triggers to riot episodes, the daily regimen of detention produces the preconditions necessary for riots to occur. “


  • “Although refugee claimants are often portrayed as a drain on Canada’s economic resources, their employment experiences and contributions to the labour market remain under-represented in the literature. This study explores the employment experiences of refugee claimants in Toronto, Canada. Through the lens of refugeeness, it traces the subjective employment trajectories of refugee claimants, as well as the objective forces compromising their employability. Drawing on 17 interviews with refugee claimants, our analysis shows both that refugee claimants face distinct barriers stemming from their precarious legal status, and that refugee claimants’ employability is perceived as shaped by real and ascribed barriers associated with this status. In addition, refugee claimants perceive employment as an expression of belonging and citizenship. “


  • “European Union (EU) Member States have cultivated the ‘securitization of migration’, crafting a legal framework that prevents irregular migrants, including asylum seekers, from arriving in the EU. As external and internal border controls are reinvigorated to achieve this aim, the experiences of asylum seekers beyond the EU border, in designated ‘transit’ countries, necessitate further inquiry. Concepts of ‘transit’ are shaped by government accounts of ‘secondary migration’ as illegitimate, and asylum seekers as a security threat warranting containment. Based on interviews with Somali refugee women who have travelled through North Africa to reach the southern EU Member State of Malta, this article traces the impact of the securitization of migration on women’s experiences of ‘transit’. Women’s stories, historically neglected in the literature on migration, provide a lived account of securitization and the gendered ways ‘functional border sites’ operate beyond the EU, enlisting state and non-state actors in producing direct and structural violence. This article argues EU policy is blind to the lived realities of those who seek refugee protection in the EU, and urgently needs to address the structural contradictions exacerbating violence experienced by refugee women in transit. “


  • “This article illustrates how South Korea is gradually transforming its policies and practices directed toward a growing population of refugees, humanitarian status holders and asylum seekers. Given many deeply rooted dynamics at the intersection of law and society, South Korea has experienced a difficult trajectory, with a high rejection rate, minimal social welfare provisions and elements of discrimination that have caused alienation and distrust among asylum seekers and refugees regarding their host country. However, rising pressure from civil society has prompted legal and administrative reforms set to place the country on a different path more closely aligned with international human rights norms. The government is also beginning to shift its approach away from an overwhelming emphasis on securitization by working out the challenges of helping the country’s refugees chart their respective courses toward membership and participation. “


  • “Based on qualitative interviews conducted between 2008 and 2012 with Burmese forced migrants in Thailand, this study focuses on the practice of protection and management within long-stay refugee camps. Beyond official refugee status determination, the everyday interactions between authority-types and forced migrant subjects affirm or challenge notions of who gets to be considered a refugee and who is entitled to humanitarian protection. This article considers authorities as ‘street-level bureaucrats’, who rely on institutional power and resources as they wield discretion to interpret camp policy and Thai law in ways that reflect perceptions of Burmese migrants as criminal and deviant. At the same time, this study shows that forced migrants develop strategies to survive this context and assert their claims to rights and their own notion of what it means to be a refugee; pointing to ways protection can be enhanced in such protracted situations. “


  • “Front line social work in non-government organisations (NGOs) providing services for refugees and asylum seekers is demanding and challenging. Increasing numbers of social workers work with newly arrived communities; however, there are few studies that examine the demands and issues they face. Asylum seekers and refugees face restricted access and limited entitlement to health and social care. This article draws on evidence from a qualitative study conducted in 2006–11 that analysed the narratives of thirty front line workers to identify the challenges faced in delivering effective services and support. It was found that immigration policy in Australia and the UK placed pressure on social workers working with those who are subject to tight state controls and who experience poverty and destitution. In most NGOs in the UK, there is no supervision or structural support for front line social workers, whereas Australian NGOs are informed by a culture of supervision. This article highlights the demands social workers face in their work and recommends improved conditions in NGOs, and targeted social work education, training and research. “


  • “This study explores linguistic strategies that are deployed by social workers in their attempts to justify and defend their practice with asylum seekers. Using discursive social psychology, social workers’ accounts are examined for the action orientation of their accounts; what are the respondents doing in their accounts? This involves exploring the various ways in which the social workers’ accounts achieve specific actions such as blaming, justifying and excusing. A key concern of the study is highlighting veracity or factual status as a concern for the social workers who were interviewed for this study. As such, the interest is in how such accounts of practice are constructed by social workers in their attempts to render their versions credible and difficult to undermine. The study provides an insight into some of the ways which social workers use to produce accounts of competent social work practice and how this is an integral part of a defensive social work discourse. “


  • “Since the end of the 1990s, the procedural practice of the European Court of Human Rights has changed as a result of formal reform measures and developments in the Court’s case law. This change is mainly manifest in the fact that the Court is now moving in two directions, which are neither inherently connected nor mutually exclusive. First, the Court appears to be distancing itself from certain categories of applications in order to protect the efficient working of the system and, secondly, it seems to be gaining increasing influence over the execution of its judgments. This article discusses the reforms and case law developments which have shaped these two directions and contextualises the directions by outlining factors which help to explain why the reforms and developments have come about. It is then possible to answer the central question in this article, namely what impact the two directions in which the Court is travelling have on the position of the applicant and on how the Court, the states parties and the Committee of Ministers fulfil their tasks in the Convention system. After evaluating the changes per actor, the article characterises the nature of this change more generally. Additionally, the article points out which lessons can be drawn from the changes and their characterisation. “


  • “The need to honour the dead is universal, and of particular importance in animist cultures, where the aggrieved dead can cause illness, crop failure, infertility and failure to marry. While the angry dead and their role in rural communities after state conflict are increasingly acknowledged in the transitional justice literature, there have been no longitudinal studies on the humanitarian outcomes and transformational possibilities of exhuming and reburying murdered civilians. Exhumations in rural Zimbabwe in the 1990s, which allowed the reburial of civilians killed in the 1980s Gukurahundi massacres, are assessed here from the vantage point of 2014. Families mostly continue to reflect on positive outcomes from the reburials. The reburials are perceived as having transformed family dynamics, healing rifts and allowing for the reintegration of alleged sell-outs. Retrospectively, it is clear that most people did not know where their relatives were until the exhumations provided a context for previously silent neighbours to tell the truth. Exhumed gravesites that were once indicative of horrific murders now signify wrongs that were put right, allowing the community to ‘go there.’ The potential of reburials to address the rights of the living dead needs to be more widely addressed in transitional justice policies. “


  • “Judicial empowerment has traditionally been explained as a response to political uncertainty. This article applies this insight to the international context to explain patterns of support for the empowerment of supranational courts. Our analysis of the negotiations that produced the International Criminal Court suggests that the relationship between democratic consolidation and support for empowering such courts is curvilinear. States with no recent experience with the type of autocratic regime particularly likely to commit serious human rights violations generally favored a somewhat weaker Court. In this respect their positions sometimes aligned with those of autocracies. Conversely, states that had recently emerged from the shadow of autocratic rule, for whom the sovereignty costs associated with the Court were countervailed by the benefit of insurance against backsliding toward autocracy, generally favored a stronger Court. Thus, just as uncertainty drives judicial empowerment in domestic contexts, it also drives judicial empowerment in the international context. “


  • “Largely due to the increasing religious and cultural pluralism caused by immigration, several European countries have attempted to address the relationship between national identity and integration of immigrants in similar ways, highlighting the human rights they enforce as the core of their own national identity. This trend is problematic, however, because it fails to describe the specificities of each state. This article highlights the difficulties in framing the debate about national identity and reflects upon the origins of such difficulties. Concluding that these difficulties derive from a misunderstanding of religious traditions and national identities that overlooks the universal self-understanding of religions, seeing them as opposed to the universal character of human rights, this article urges a reconsideration of the roles of universalism and religious and national identities. “


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International Journal of Refugee Law Table of Contents Alert for October 1, 2014; Vol. 26, No. 3

Oxford Journals have just published their latest Table of Contents alert for the International Journal of Refugee Law.  Further details of the articles published in this volume (Vol. 26, No. 3 October 2014) are detailed below:

Why We Should Use the Term ‘Illegalized’ Refugee or Immigrant: A Commentary
Harald Bauder
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 327-332

Detention of Undocumented Immigrants and the Judicial Impact of the CJEU’s Decisions in France
Ana Beduschi
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 333-349

Exclusion from Refugee Status: The Purposes and Principles of the United Nations and Article 1F(c) of the Refugee Convention
Sandesh Sivakumaran
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 350-381

International Humanitarian Law and the Interpretation of ‘Persecution’ in Article 1A(2) CSR51
Eric Fripp
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 382-403

Natural Disasters, Climate Change and Non-Refoulement: What Scope for Resisting Expulsion under Articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights?
Matthew Scott
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 404-432

Case Law
Secretary of State for Home Department (Appellant) v MN and KY (Respondents) (Scotland): The Supreme Court
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 433-453

UNHCR Factum: Luis Alberto Hernandez Febles (Appellant) v Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Respondent)
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 454-468

Book Reviews
Borderline Justice: The Fight for Refugee and Migrant Rights
Thomas Harré
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 469-471

Komplementärer Schutz: Die aufenthaltsrechtliche Stellung nicht rückführbarer Personen in der EU (The Right to Residence of Non-returnable Persons in the EU)
Dr Sarah Krieg
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 471-473


Calls for papers: The Indo-Chinese Refugee Movement and the Launch of Canada’s Private Sponsorship Program (proposed special issue of Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees)


The Indo-Chinese Refugee Movement and the Launch of Canada’s Private Sponsorship Program

Proposed special issue of Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees

Guest Editors: Mike Molloy and James C. Simeon

This proposed special issue of Refuge will examine the single largest refugee resettlement program in Canadian history – the Indo-Chinese Refugee Movement – and its contribution to Canadian society over the last 40 years. It will also examine the unique contribution that Canada has made in spearheading the formulation, development, and implementation of the Private Refugee Sponsorship Program, which played such a critically important role in not only bringing tens of thousands of Indo-Chinese refugees to Canada, in a relatively short period of time, but also helping them to settle and to integrate within Canadian society.

This special issue of Refuge follows on the heels of a highly successful conference that was held at York University in November 21-23, 2013, on the same subject and titled, “The Indo-Chinese Refugee Movement, 1975-1980, and the Launch of Canada’s Private Sponsorship Program”. (See the conference website at This conference was hosted by the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) at York University, in partnership with the Canadian Immigration Historical Society (CIHS) and the Private Sponsorship Agreement Holders Association (SAHs), and was funded, in part, by a grant from the Multiculturalism Branch of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

It is relevant and important to note that the founding Director of the CRS, Howard Adelman, was the informal leader of “Operation Lifeline,” an organization devoted to promoting the private sponsorship of Indo-Chinese refugees, who were escaping the horrors that had engulfed South East Asia in the decades of the 70s and 80s. Operation Lifeline, subsequently, led to the establishment of the Indo-Chinese Refugee Documentation Project that became the basis for the founding of the CRS. Accordingly, it is fitting that this special issue of Refuge, published by CRS, is intended to mark, document, preserve and promote the further study of the single largest crisis resettlement initiative in Canadian history, the Indo-Chinese Refugee Movement in Canada.

This special issue of Refuge seeks to examine and analyze the Indo-Chinese Refugee Movement and the Private Refugee Sponsorship Program in Canada from a number of different perspectives and vantage points in order to gain a better and fuller understanding of why and how Canada was able to deliver quality durable solutions to such a large number of refugees. The fact that ordinary Canadians generated over 7,500 sponsorships, which transformed the lives of 40,000 refugees, was a central factor in the decision of the UNHCR to award the Nansen Medal to the people of Canada. This special issue of Refuge will be published in 2015, the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, which marks the Communist victory in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and the start of the Indo-Chinese refugee exodus.

For this special issue of Refuge we invite submissions that address a broad range of issues and concerns related to the Indo-Chinese Refugee Movement and Canada’s Private Refugee Sponsorship Program, including:

1.     The local, regional, national and transnational dynamics that shaped the Indo-Chinese refugees crisis and Canada’s response to it.

2.     The nature of Indo-Chinese refugee experiences; particularly, what prompted people to leave Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos after 1975; what happened in transit; how their flight eventually led them to      Canada, and the kinds of connections that have been maintained with people’s homelands.

3.     The character of the Canadian public’s response to the Indo-Chinese refugee crisis and the introduction of a public-private sponsorship program.

4.     The role of the media in shaping perceptions and expectations of events in Southeast Asia and the refugees involved.

5.     The contribution of religious groups, community organizations and NGOs in shaping Canada’s response to the Indo-Chinese refugees.

6.     The significance of the federal government’s response to the Indo-Chinese refugee crisis considering the historic exclusion of migrants from Asia and the post-war focus on refugees from Europe.

7.     The nature of the settlement and integration schemes created for the arriving refugees and the relationship between these programs and later incarnations.

8.     The long-term impact of the Indo-Chinese refugee movement on the evolution of Canada’s settlement and integration policies, strategies and immigrant serving institutions.


Submissions of no more than 300 words may be either in English or French and must be submitted on or before December 1st, 2014. Abstracts will be assessed on the basis of their relevance, quality and original contribution to any of the specific issue areas and concerns noted above. All abstract submissions for this special issue must be submitted to the guest editors, Mike Molloy (, and James C. Simeon (

By December 15th, 2014, the guest editors will contact authors of short-listed abstracts to invite them to submit papers to be considered for inclusion in this special issue of Refuge. Full papers will then be required by no later than April 15th, 2015. All submissions should be prepared according to Refuge style and editorial guidelines and will be subject to a double-blind peer review. Only those that meet Refuge’s standards of quality and thematic fit will be accepted for publication. The projected publication date for the special issue of Refuge would be fall 2015.

Submission and Publication Dates:

December 1st, 2014: Abstract submissions(300 words, plus title)

December 15th, 2014: Guest editors’ decision on short-listed abstracts

April 15th, 2015: Full submissions of7,500 words due

April 15th – June 15th,2015: Peer review

June 15th – August 15th:Revisions following peer review

August 15th – October 15th:Copy-editing and type-setting

Fall 2015: Projected publication date


For further information on this proposed special issue, please contact Mike Molloy, (, and James C. Simeon, (

For further information on Refuge, please contact Christina Clark-Kazak, Editor-in-Chief ( or Nausheen Quayyum, Managing Editor (;




Le Mouvement des réfugiés indochinois et le lancement d’un programme de parrainage privé du Canada


Numéro spécial de Refuge: Journal du Canada sur les réfugiés


Rédacteurs invités: Mike Molloy et James C. Simeon


Ce numéro spécialde Refuge examinera le mouvement des réfugiés indo-chinois qui est le plus important programme de réinstallation des réfugiés dans l’histoire du Canada ainsi que sa contribution à la société canadienne au cours des 40 dernières années. Il examinera aussi la contribution unique du Canada à la formulation, au développement et à la mise en œuvre du Programme de parrainage privé de réfugiés. Le Canada a, en effet, joué un rôle crucial non seulement pour accueillir des dizaines de milliers de réfugiés indochinois au Canada, dans une relativement courte période de temps, mais aussi pour les aider à s’établir et à s’intégrer dans la société canadienne.


Ce numéro special de Refuge s’inscritdans la foulée d’une conférence très réussie sur « Le mouvement indo-chinois des réfugiés de 1975 à 1980, et le lancement du programme de parrainage privé au Canada » qui a eu lieu à l’Université York du 21 au 23 novembre 2013 (voir le site de la conférence Cette conférence a été organisée par le Centre d’études sur les réfugiés (CRS) de l’Université York, en partenariat avec la Société historique du Canada sur l’immigration (CIHS) et l’Association des signataires d’entente de parrainage privé (SEP), et a été financée, en partie, par la Direction générale du multiculturalisme de Citoyenneté et Immigration Canada (CIC).


Il convientde noter que le directeur fondateur du CRS, Howard Adelman, était le chef officieux de l’« Opération Lifeline », un organisme voué à la promotion du parrainage privé de réfugiés indochinois qui fuyaient les conditions horribles en l’Asie du Sud-Est au cours des années 70 et 80. L’Opération Lifeline a conduit à l’établissement du projet de documentation sur les réfugiés indochinois qui est devenu la base de la fondation de la CRS. Par conséquent, ce numéro spécial de Refuge , publié parle CRS, est destiné à marquer, documenter et de promouvoir l’étude du Mouvement de réfugiés indochinois au Canada qui est la plus importante initiative de réinstallation dans l’histoire du Canada, en réponse à une crise majeure.


Ce numéro spécialde Refuge vise àexaminer et analyser le mouvement des réfugiés indochinois et le Programme de parrainage privé des réfugiés au Canada à partir d’un certain nombre de perspectives et points de vue différents, dans le but de promouvoir une meilleure compréhension des raisons et des modalités ayant mené le Canada à fournir des solutions durables réussies à un nombre considérable de réfugiés. Les 7500 parrainages entrepris par des Canadiens ordinaires qui ont transformé la vie de 40 000 réfugiés ont été un facteur déterminant dans la décision du HCRd’attribuer la médaille Nansen au peuple du Canada. Ce numéro spécial de Refuge sera publié en 2015, le 40e anniversaire de la chute de Saigon, quimarque la victoire communiste au Vietnam, Laos et Cambodge et le début de l’exode des réfugiés indochinois.


Pour ce numérospécial de Refuge, nous sollicitons des propositions relatives à un large éventail de questions et préoccupations liées au mouvement des réfugiés indochinois et au Programme de parrainage privé des réfugiés du Canada, y compris:


1 Les dynamiques locales, régionales, nationales et transnationales qui ont façonné la crise des réfugiés indo-chinois et la réponse du Canada.

2 La naturedes expériences de réfugiés indochinois; en particulier, ce qui a incité les gens à quitter le Vietnam, le Cambodge et le Laos après 1975; ce qui s’est passé en transit et durant le trajet vers le Canada; et, la nature des relations qui ont été entretenues par les réfugiés avec leurs pays d’origine.

3 La nature de la réponse de la population canadienne à la crise des réfugiés et la mise en place d’un programme de parrainage public-privé.

4 Le rôle des médias dans le façonnement des perceptions et des attentes concernant des événements en Asie du Sud-Est et les réfugiés concernés.

5 La contribution des groupes religieux, des organisations communautaires et des ONG dans l’élaboration de la réponse du Canada aux réfugiés indochinois.

6 L’importance de la réponse du gouvernement fédéral à la crise des réfugiés indochinois, compte tenu de l’exclusion historique de migrants en provenance d’Asie et la priorité accordée aux réfugiés d’Europe dans la période d’après-guerre.

7 La nature des programmes d’établissement et d’intégration créés pour les réfugiés indochinois et la relation entre ces programmes et ceux qui ont été mis en œuvre par la suite.

8 L’impact àlong terme du mouvement des refugiés indo-chinois sur l’évolution de programmes et des stratégies d’établissement et d’intégration, et sur les institutions qui offrent des services aux immigrants au Canada.


Les résumés de maximum 300 mots peuvent être soumis en anglais ou en français au plus tard le 1er décembre 2014. Ils seront évalués sur la base de leur pertinence, leur qualité et l’apport original à l’un des domaines précis et préoccupations mentionnés ci-dessus. Les résumés pour ce numéro spécial doivent être soumis aux rédacteurs en chef invités, Mike Molloy ( et James C. Simeon (


Le 15 décembre 2014, les rédacteurs en chef invités contacteront les auteurs de résumés présélectionnés pour les inviter à soumettre leurs articles pour inclusion dans ce numéro spécial de Refuge. Les articles complets devront ensuite être soumis au plus tard le 15 avril 2015. Toutes les contributions doivent respecter les consignes de rédaction et de citation de Refuge et seront soumis à un double examen par les pairs. Seules celles qui répondent aux exigences thématiques et aux normes de qualité de Refuge seront acceptées pour publication. La publication du numéro spécial de Refuge est prévue pour l’Automne 2015.


Calendrier de soumission et de publication:


1er décembre 2014: Présentation de résumés (300 mots, plus le titre)

15 décembre2014: Communication de la décision des rédacteurs invités sur les résumés présélectionnés

15 avril 2015: Soumission des contributions complètes de 7500 mots

15 avril – 15 juin 2015: Examen par les pairs

15 juin – 15 août: Révision suite à l’examen par les pairs

15 août – 15 octobre : Édition du numéro spécial de Refuge

Automne 2015: Projection date de publication


Pour plus d’informations sur ce numéro spécial, prière de communiquer avec Mike Molloy, (, et James C. Siméon (


Pour plus d’informations sur Refuge, prière de communiquer avec Christina Clark-Kazak, rédactrice en chef ( ou Nausheen Quayyum (;

Calls for papers: The Journal on Education in Emergencies (deadline 15 October 2014)

INEE is continuing the Call for Papers for the Journal on Education in Emergencies. The Journal on Education in Emergencies seeks to publish groundbreaking and outstanding scholarly and practitioner work on education in emergencies (EiE). The Journal invites submissions of papers for its two sections: EiE Research and EiE Field Notes. EiE research articles use a clearly articulated research design and methods, an explicit theoretical or conceptual framework, and contribute to the evidence-base and the advancement of knowledge on EiE. EiE Field Notes demonstrate progress and/or challenges in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluation EiE policies and programs. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2014. Please help us in promoting this information throughout your networks. Additional information can be found in the attached document or via the links below.

For additional information on the Journal on EiE including manuscript submission instructions and the call for papers, click here:


IMISCOE Research Group TRANSMIG – Transnational Practices in Migration announces CALL FOR PAPERS for the conference TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION: DISCIPLINARY IMPACTS

IMISCOE Research Group TRANSMIG – Transnational Practices in Migration
announces CALL FOR PAPERS for the conference


29-30 January 2015 at MIM and GPS, Malmö University

Keynote speakers: NINA GLICK SCHILLER (Emerita, Social Anthropology, Manchester) and THOMAS FAIST (Sociology, Bielefeld)

Invited presenters and discussants: RUSSELL KING (Human Geography, Sussex), ÖSTEN WAHLBECK (Sociology, Helsinki), MARIE SANDBERG (Ethnology/AMIS, Copenhagen), SYNNØVE BENDIXSEN (Social Anthropology/IMER, Bergen), MARTA VILAR ROSALES (Anthropology, Lisbon), KATHY BURRELL (Historical Geography, Liverpool)

The conference aims at exploring the impact of research on transnational migration from the perspective of a range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Papers are welcome that answer the following questions:

Has this strand of research contributed to the changes in the agenda and methodologies of particular disciplines and what are the specific disciplinary contributions to transnational migration as a research field? Has research on transnational migration altered the funding and publication priorities in the institutional contexts you are familiar with?

How has your own professional trajectory been affected by the research on transnational migration? Which conceptual and methodological issues have been crucial for your research, and which practical problems have you encountered while working in this field?

Presentations of current research on issues pertaining to transnational migration, notably by PhD students, are also welcome.

The conference is convened by MAJA POVRZANOVIĆ FRYKMAN, Professor of Ethnology, Department of Global Political Studies (GPS), and organised with the help of INGRID JERVE RAMSØY, PhD student in Migration, Urbanisation and Societal Change (MUSA) programme at the Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University.

It is organised on behalf of TRANSMIG – the IMISCOE Research Group placed at Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), in collaboration with the Department of Global Political Studies (GPS), Malmö University, and the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS), University of Copenhagen.

The conference is open to registered TRANSMIG members and non-members alike. No registration fee will be charged. A volume will be edited, based on selected conference presentations.

ABSTRACTS (200-250 words) should be sent to by 1 November 2014.

Notification of acceptance (and notificaton of funding for PhD students, if available): 15 November 2014
PROGRAMME ANNOUCEMENT at MIM webpage ( 1 December 2014
REGISTRATION deadline for participants without papers (to 29 December 2014
Keynote lectures will be open for MA students in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) at Malmö University and for MA students in Advanced Migration Studies at AMIS in Copenhagen.

Calls for Papers: The International Journal of Migration and Border Studies

The International Journal of Migration and Border Studies

Call for Papers – Issue (2015): 3

Editor in Chief: Prof. France Houle, Université de Montréal, Canada


The International Journal of Migration and Border Studies (IJMBS) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its third issue in 2015.

IJMBS aims to bring together a diverse range of scholars and practitioners to advance knowledge and improve practice and methodologies in a broad range of issued related to migration and borders studies. Broadly speaking, it seeks to provide different perspectives to its readership ranging from exclusion to integration of permanent, temporary and irregular migrants as well as asylum seekers. Articles covering a large spectrum of topics addressing the development of international, transnational and national immigration policies viewed in a broad sense are welcome. What could be the best practices regarding inclusion? Which measures have exclusionary effects? Some examples of themes this journal intends to cover are listed below.

Subject Coverage

Broad themes on which articles are sought include but are not limited to:
 Innovations in institutional, procedural and social arrangements to deal with border security and immigration policy
 Personal information databases and exchanges
 Measures to restrict access to asylum
 The coherence and coordination between various actors dealing with issues such as health, education, social welfare, employment and law enforcement in the migration context
 Causes and consequences (economic, social, political, environmental, etc.) of migration and their legal and policy implications
 Local, regional and international mechanisms and logics that transform political and media discourses, norms, policies and practices related to migration and border studies
 Development of new priorities for immigration programmes
 The role of gender, age, social status, ability, race and other factors in curtailing border and immigration policies
 Indigenous rights and claims and border and migration studies

IJMBS is a peer-reviewed journal which offers a forum for disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research concerning conceptual, theoretical, empirical and methodological dimensions related to key concepts that underpin them: borders, immigration and integration policies, humanitarianism, sovereignty, states, citizenship, etc. Such critical analysis contributes to a better understanding of current challenges from different disciplinary perspectives including law, sociology, anthropology, social policy and social welfare, criminology, political economy, political science and public politics.

The journal invites submissions from both emerging and established scholars, including graduate students, post-graduates, professors and practitioners from around the globe, with the objective of ensuring that a plurality of experiences and perspectives is represented.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. Please read our information on preparing and submitting articles:

Important Date

Submission deadline: 31st January, 2015

Conference Title: Migration, Integration and Neighbourhoods: Where’s the Harm?

Conference Title: Migration, Integration and Neighbourhoods: Where’s the Harm?

Date: 21-22 November 2014

Venue: Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor

Delegate Rate: £195 (includes all food and accommodation in unique historic surroundings)

About Cumberland Lodge:
Cumberland Lodge is an educational charity dedicated to the betterment of society through the promotion of ethical discussion. This is a not-for-profit event.

In partnership with the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity:

Key speakers (to date):
Dr Robert Arnott Director, Border & Immigration System, Home Office Professor Simon Burgess, Economics, University of Bristol, Dr Nissa Finney Hallsworth Fellow, University of Manchester, Dr Robert Ford, Politics, University of Manchester, Ruth Grove-White, Policy Director, Migrant Rights Network, Dr Therese O’Toole Sociology, University of Bristol, Professor James Nazroo Director, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity, University of Manchester, Trevor Phillips OBE founding Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Register here:

Migration will be a key policy issue in the 2015 general election: we are already seeing heated political rhetoric about levels of migration to the UK. But what do we really know about the effect of migration on local communities?
Migrant populations are often thought to be harmful to social cohesion at the local, neighbourhood level. The widely accepted idea is that neighbourhoods with diverse migrant populations lack a sense of community spirit, leading to increased social isolation. The influential sociologist Robert Putnam described this effect as “pull[ing] in like a turtle” (2007: p.149).
Drawing on the latest research from the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity, this conference challenges the notion that diversity is harmful to neighbourhoods. It offers a practical examination of key indicators of social capital and cohesion, such as: whether there is a correlation between educational attainment and prevalence of English as a second language in schools; voting registration rates; access to social housing; fear of crime; trust; levels of health and well-being.
The conference will:
• evaluate one of the key policy issues of the next general election
• give an analysis of the latest thinking on migration and integration
• examine up-close the fissures between different kinds of sociological research,
• analyse the competing influences of public discourse and research on policy
The event will be of interest to academic researchers; researchers from think tanks; parliamentary researchers and members of the civil service; representatives from the voluntary sector; and anyone with an interest in social cohesion, population movement and integration.

The colloquium will be held at the former royal residence of Cumberland Lodge ( which is located in Windsor Park, Berkshire, SL4 2HP.

Student Bursaries:
A limited number of student bursaries are available for students who wish to attend the conference, but have no access to institutional funding. The bursaries provide a free place at a conference, covering registration charges, accommodation and all food for the duration of the conference. They do not cover travel expenses to and from the conference. Bursaries are awarded individually, and applicants will be notified of the outcome within 7 working days of the application deadline – 10th October 2014 at 1pm.
To apply for a bursary please visit:
Please note: Bursaries are only awarded when the application has been formally endorsed by an academic supervisor. Applicants should give the name and contact details for their referee, having first asked them to endorse the application.

Contact us:
For more information please visit the website:
Or email:

Events: Bordering on failure: Canada–US border policy and the politics of refugee exclusion (Refugee Studies Centre and Border Criminologies special joint seminar)

Bordering on failure: Canada–US border policy and the politics of refugee exclusion 

Speakers: Professor Deborah E Anker (Harvard University), Professor Efrat A Arbel (University of British Columbia)
Date: Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Location: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Hosted by the RSC and Border Criminologies

Based on a recent report published by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC), entitled Bordering on Failure: Canada–U.S. Border Policy and the Politics of Refugee Exclusion, this talk will examine the Canada–US Safe Third Country Agreement, a ‘refugee sharing’ agreement implemented by Canada and the United States to exercise more control over their shared border. Drawing on interview data collected along the Canada–US border, it will evaluate how the Agreement has altered the Canada–US border landscape, and the effects it has had on asylum seekers.

The HIRC report concludes that the Safe Third Country Agreement not only closes Canada’s borders to asylum seekers, but also diminishes the legal protections available to them under domestic and international law. It further concludes that the Agreement has failed in its goal of enhancing the integrity of the Canada–US border, and has in fact prompted a rise in human smuggling and unauthorised border crossings, making the border more dangerous and disorderly, and placing the lives and safety of asylum seekers at risk. The talk will highlight these central findings, and, situating the Agreement in its global context, also examine the broader effects of its implementation.

Please visit the RSC website to read more about the speakers and add the seminar to your calendar:

To download the HIRC report, please click here:

Courses: MHPSS Network webinar series

The MHPSS Network (  is a growing global platform for connecting people, networks and organizations, for sharing resources and for building knowledge related to mental health and psychosocial support both in emergency settings and in situations of chronic hardship. This autumn, we present a series of webinars focusing on MHPSS programmes and refugee integration.

From October to November 2014, we will bring field-based practitioners and researchers together to share their expertise and experiences on two particular topics: the state of MHPSS programming and the process of refugee integration.

Details of the Autumn 2014 Webinar Series:

Webinar 1: Thursday 2nd October 2014 1pm-2pm in the UK (UTC+1)

Title: “The politics of mental health and psychosocial programmes in humanitarian settings”

Presenter: Katherine Rehberg

Discussant: Ananda Galappatti

Webinar summary:

Over the last several decades, humanitarian programmes have increasingly sought to promote the psychological needs and social well-being of conflict-affected populations. This growing priority can be seen in the development of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programmes, which have been incorporated into humanitarian responses to human-induced and natural disasters around the world. However, despite this proliferation, MHPSS programmes have been widely criticised, and the field marked by intense debate. This presentation will discuss the evolution of MHPSS programming, with a focus on identifying the field’s current positioning within this historical context. Has the field successfully addressed many of the traditional critiques of MHPSS programming? What assumptions underpin current practice?

Webinar 2: Thursday 16th October 1pm-2pm in the UK (UTC+1)

Title: Holistic Integration Service in Scotland – Lessons learned

Presenters: Elodie Mignard and Joe Brandy Scottish Refugee Council

Webinar summary:

This webinar will present the initial learning from the first year of delivery of the Holistic Integration Services coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, who is the leading organization in Scotland in supporting asylum seekers and refugees. The Holistic Integration Services aims to assist new refugees to rebuild their lives in Scotland by offering them a personalised, outcome- based service that promotes independence. The webinar therefore will provide the practical insights of the integrations programme.

Webinar 3: Thursday 13th November 2014 1pm-2pm in the UK (UTC)

Title: “Isolation or Integration?”

Presenters: Neil Quinn and Dr Alison Strang

This webinar will examine the patterns of social connections amongst refugees in Glasgow, Scotland and consider the impact on their mental health, well-being and access to services. Alison Strang and Neil Quinn will report on their recent study with Afghan and Iranian refugee men using participatory methods to map social connections. There will be an opportunity to explore implications for service providers.

Further information can be found at:

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions contact our Global Host for Refugee Integration and Settlement:

Calls for Papers: The role of EU Institutions in migration and asylum policies: liberal constraint?

Call for Abstracts for a Panel Proposal for the 2015 CES Conference
The role of EU Institutions in migration and asylum policies: liberal constraint?

We invite scholars who investigate the role of EU institutions in migration and asylum policies to submit an abstract to be included in a panel proposal for the 2015 CES conference which will take place 8-10 July 2015 in Paris, France (

For many years, European cooperation on asylum and migration policies raised concerns about the potentially restrictive impact of such cooperation on the rights of migrants and refugees (Guiraudon 2000; Hathaway 2003; Juss 2005; Fry 2005).  However, the communitarisation of EU asylum and migration policies since the Treaty of Amsterdam (1997) and the introduction of Community law and policies since the early 2000s represent a major turning point in the politics of migration and asylum in Europe. The consequences of this communitarization are only gradually becoming apparent. It has been observed that the shift of power from the member states to EU institutions such as the Court and the Commission has produced new liberal constraints on member states. As a result, it is argued, the European Union is no longer a venue to which member states with restrictive policy preferences can ‘escape’ to circumvent domestic constraints (El-Enany & Thielemann 2011; Acosta Arcarazo & Geddes 2013; Kaunert & Leonard 2012; Bonjour & Vink 2013; Block & Bonjour 2013).

This argument raises questions about the role of EU institutions in asylum and migration policies. Can the policy impact of EU institutions such as the Court, the Commission, and the European Parliament in the field of migration  and asylum indeed be characterized as a ‘liberal constraint’? How can we explain the (liberal) policy preferences and positions adopted by different EU institutions? At which stages in the policy process (agenda-setting, decision-making, implementation) does this impact become apparent and through which channels does it shape national and EU policies? How about the role of EU agencies such as Frontex or the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)?

Please send your abstract (250-500 words) to no later than Friday, 26 September 2014.

We will let you know whether your abstract has been included in our panel proposal no later than 10 October 2014. The conference organizers will let us know whether our panel proposal has been accepted no later than 18 December 2014.

Best regards,
Eiko Thielemann (
Saskia Bonjour (

Courses: Designing Peacebuilding Programmes; Developing and Applying Early Warning and Early Response Systems; Making Prevention Work (International Peace and Development Training Center)

International Peace and Development Training Center

The International Peace and Development Training Center provides experts, senior government leadership, professionals, policy makers and practitioners with the most advanced training and professional development opportunities in the field. From October-December 2014 we will be hosting 3 Programmes at the IPDTC Global Academy including “Designing Peacebuilding Programmes”, one of the world’s leading trainings/professional workshops for agencies and organisations to improve programme strategy, design and implementation; and two programmes on Prevention in November/December: “Developing and Applying Early Warning and Early Response Systems” and “Making Prevention Work”. Participants will include middle to senior leadership and experts from agencies, organisations, governments and institutions around the world. Participants applying for two or more programmes will receive a 10% discount on training fees. Special group rates for delegations are also available.
For more information, please contact us at

Course information

Designing Peacebuilding Programmes: Improving Sustainability, Impact and Effectiveness in Peacebuilding & Peace Support Operations (DPP), 27-31 October

Designing Peacebuilding Programmes is an in-depth operational training in program development, design, planning and implementation, drawing comprehensively on best-practice approaches from peacebuilding, development and humanitarian aid, and recovery, as well as methods and approaches for strategic planning and program and organizational development. Incorporating the work of the OECD-DAC and lessons learned and approaches from national and international agencies, the DPP provides organizations and participants with methods to significantly improve the quality, relevance, and impact of their programs. Most importantly: participants engage with their actual programs and operations and use the framework of Designing Peacebuilding Programmes to learn leading methodologies while improving actual work in practice.


Developing and Applying Early Warning and Early Response Systems: Challenges and Responses, 24-28 November

This 5-day course, “Developing and Applying Early Warning and Early Response Systems: Challenges and Response” is designed to introduce the world of EW/ER in complex integrated emergency situations. The course will introduce participants to the different aspects and indicators of early warning and early response, the discussions surrounding early response, and the selection, evaluation and validation of a number of EW/ER tools.

Participants will learn to become comfortable in selecting and using appropriate analytical tools, using them correctly and accurately assessing their strengths and weaknesses in light of their individual goals. An important outcome is to focus on how early warning will work in practice.

The course is suitable for civilian, police and military United Nations and EU staff dealing with response mechanisms in times of crisis; international NGO staff; those wishing to enter a career in international development and post-conflict reconstruction; and others who have an academic or personal interest in the subject.


Making Prevention Work: Improving Operational and Strategic Effectiveness in the Prevention of State Collapse, 1-3 December 2014

Making Prevention Work is a three-day intensive program designed for policy makers, diplomats, IGO, INGO and NGO staff and leading experts and practitioners to provide an operational and global overview of  key lessons learned / identified for effective prevention.

The program will look at operational, structural and systemic approaches to prevention drawing from real situations and helping to identify practical methodologies and approaches which can be of value to those working to prevent deadly conflicts and outbreaks and strengthen capacities to transform conflicts constructively. Attention will be given to developing and strengthening local, national, regional and international Infrastructure for Peace (I4P) and the necessary capabilities to make prevention work in practice.

For more information, please contact us as

The programmes will be held at the Global Academy of IPDTC and are intended for senior to executive level experts and practitioners working in peacebuilding, crisis prevention and management and recovery and stabilization operations from governments, UN agencies and inter-governmental organisations (EU, OAS, AU, ASEAN, Commonwealth, OSCE) and national and international organisations.
IPDTC has an international pool of leading experts and practitioners covering a wide range of issues in peacebuilding, prevention, recovery and related issues. We work with requesting organizations, agencies, missions and ministries to customize programmes for your exact needs, context and conditions. In case of questions or for further information please contact IPDTC at For references on our training programmes, please see the Review and Feedback section of our site:

Calls for Papers: Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration

We are excited to send out the call for papers for Volume 4, Issue 1, of the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (OxMo), the student and young academic journal dedicated to protecting and advancing the human rights of refugees and forced migrants.

More details on OxMo and how to submit can be found here:

Deadline: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Please disseminate this call for papers widely to any audience that may be interested in contributing. In particular, we are hoping to extend this call to students outside of Europe and North America; to this end we would be grateful for this to also be passed on to wider networks you may be a part of.

We welcome your questions, comments, and submissions! Please feel free to contact us at:

All the best,

Evan Easton-Calabria & Nina Elizabeth Weaver
Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (OxMo)

Refugee Studies Centre Short Course: Health and Humanitarian Responses in Complex Emergencies

RSC Short Course: Health and humanitarian responses in complex emergencies
Date: 6-7 December 2014

Location: Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB, UK

This two day short course will present critical examination of the normative frameworks for humanitarian responses in addressing the health and well-being of populations in complex emergencies. Alternative approaches to complex emergencies will also be presented and assessed.

The topics reviewed in this course will include: appropriate assessments of population health and well-being; community mobilisation; health services; food security and nutritional maintenance; health considerations for shelter and site planning; water and sanitation; the relationship between health and human rights.

This course is suitable for: experienced practitioners; graduate researchers; parliamentarians and staff; government officials; and personnel of inter-governmental and nongovernmental organisations.

Convenor: Professor Dawn Chatty. Professor of Anthropology and Forced migration; Director, RSC

Dr Paul Kadetz, Assistant Professor; Convenor, BSc Global Public Health, Leiden University College, The Hague Dr Holly Scheib, Director of Global Consulting Services for Sage Consulting Incorporated

Fee: £350. The fee includes tuition, lunch and all course materials. Participants will need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs and arrange any UK entry requirements.

Maximum thirty spaces
Apply online at:


For all enquiries, please contact:
Heidi El-Megrisi, International Summer School and Conferences Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1865 281728/9


BSA Race, Ethnicity and Migration Stream semi-plenary & CFP update

We would like to remind everyone about the BSA Race, Ethnicity and Migration Stream CFP for the BSA Annual Conference 2015: Societies in Transition: Progression or Regression. Glasgow, 15-17 April 2015.

We (Ipek and Aaron) submitted a proposal for a Stream Sub-Plenary earlier in the year. There are only 12 stream sub-plenaries allocated during the BSA annual conference and we are pleased to let you know that our proposal was accepted. It will be on ‘Race, Ethnicity and Racism in Scotland’ and the speakers will be Professor Satnam Virdee (Glasgow) and Dr Gina Netto (Heriot-Watt). We look forward to a great event that not only addresses our stream and study group themes, but engages with the host city and Scotland at a very interesting time – post-referendum. Hope you are able to attend. Date/Time/Room details TBC.


**Race, Ethnicity and Migration Stream CFP**

We are pleased to announce the first inaugural Race, Ethnicity and Migration Stream at the BSA Annual Conference 2015 at Glasgow, 15-17 April 2015, and would like to invite abstracts for papers/presentations. Abstract due date is 17 Oct. 2014. The call is open, but would particularly welcome abstracts related to the conference theme of ‘Societies in Transition’ and in the following areas related to race, ethnicity and/or migration:

• Theory
• Racialisation
• Research Methods
• Identities
• Racism, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Xenophobia
• Anti-racism
• Migration and Migrants
• Asylum and Refugees
• Diaspora
• Transnationalism
• Citizenship
• Gender and Sexualities
• Intersectionality
• Education
• Youth
• Popular Culture
• Sport
• Crime and Criminal Justice
• Far Right and Hate Groups
• Austerity
• Post-colonialism/Decoloniality
• Social Change
• Scotland

The stream will be made up of two sub-streams/strands: Race and Ethnicity and Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism, which corresponds to the two study groups involved in the coordination of the stream. Please state on your abstract submission form the stream name and whether you would like to be considered for:

1. Race and Ethnicity
2. Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism
3. Either/Both

For more info on the conference and how to submit abstracts:

If you have any questions about the stream, please contact the stream co-ordinators:

Aaron Winter (co-convenor of the Race and Ethnicity Study Group):

Ipek Demir (co-convenor of the Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism Study Group):

If you have any questions about the conference and submission process, please contact the BSA Events Team at:

Apologies for the Earlier Spam Posting in Russian

Dear All,

My sincerest  apologies for the earlier apparent spam posting to this Blog in Russian. Security and Span features have been reviewed in order to hopefully prevent this happening in future.

Many apologies again.

Yours Sincerely,

Paul Dudman


ToC Alert: International Journal of Refugee Law Table of Contents for October 1, 2014; Vol. 26, No. 3

Oxford Journals have published the latest table of contents journal alert for the International Journal of Refugee Law.  This is for Volume 26 Number 3, (October 1) and further details of the articles in this volume are detailed as follows:


Why We Should Use the Term ‘Illegalized’ Refugee or Immigrant: A Commentary
Harald Bauder
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 327-332
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Detention of Undocumented Immigrants and the Judicial Impact of the CJEU’s Decisions in France
Ana Beduschi
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 333-349
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Exclusion from Refugee Status: The Purposes and Principles of the United Nations and Article 1F(c) of the Refugee Convention
Sandesh Sivakumaran
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 350-381
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International Humanitarian Law and the Interpretation of ‘Persecution’ in Article 1A(2) CSR51
Eric Fripp
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 382-403
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Natural Disasters, Climate Change and Non-Refoulement: What Scope for Resisting Expulsion under Articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights?
Matthew Scott
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 404-432
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Case Law

Secretary of State for Home Department (Appellant) v MN and KY (Respondents) (Scotland): The Supreme Court
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 433-453
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UNHCR Factum: Luis Alberto Hernandez Febles (Appellant) v Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Respondent)
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 454-468
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Book Reviews

Borderline Justice: The Fight for Refugee and Migrant Rights
Thomas Harré
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 469-471
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Komplementärer Schutz: Die aufenthaltsrechtliche Stellung nicht rückführbarer Personen in der EU (The Right to Residence of Non-returnable Persons in the EU)
Dr Sarah Krieg
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 471-473
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Calls for Papers: Anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and the question of Palestine/Israel

*Please circulate widely*

A conference call for papers: Anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and the question of Palestine/Israel

This conference seeks to explore the multiple, complex and inter-related ways that anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms are being constructed in relation to the question of Palestine/Israel. In particular it seeks to examine how the histories of Zionist settlement, anti-colonial and nation-building struggles and 20th century warfare in the Middle East region are being transformed in the current historical conjuncture. Of particular importance in this context will be ideological and political alliances that have emerged locally, regionally and globally around notions such as the ‘New Antisemitism’, ‘Islamophobia’ and how these relate to racialised discourses against Jews and Muslims. Drawing on the expertise of scholars and activists from a variety of backgrounds, the aim of the conference will be to serve as a step for building a transversal anti-racist political vision that will aim to destabilise some of the oppositional dichotomies which are currently hegemonic in discourses around Jews, Muslims and Middle East politics.

Location: SOAS

Date: 10 February 2015 (tbc)

Call for Paper Deadline: 30th September 2014

Sponsors: Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (UEL), Centre for the study of Human Rights (LSE), The Runnymede Trust, Centre for Palestine Studies, London Middle East Institute (SOAS).

Confirmed plenary speakers (listed alphabetically):

Prof. Gilbert Achcar (SOAS)

Dr. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad (University for the Creative Arts)

Prof. Chetan Bhatt (LSE)

Prof. Gargi Bhattacharyya (UEL)

Prof. Haim Bresheeth (SOAS)

Dr. John Bunzl (OIIP)

Prof. Robert Fine (Warwick)

Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky (SOAS)

Dr. Dina Matar (SOAS)

Yasmin Rehman (Cross government working group on hate crimes)

David Rosenberg (Jewish Socialists’ Group)

Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis (UEL)

Prof. Sami Zubaida (Birkbeck)


Conference schedule

9-9.30 Coffee and registration

9.30-10 Welcome by organizers

10-11.15 Plenary panel 1: The Role of the Palestine/Israel Question in Racialised Discourses on Jews

11.15-12.30 Parallel sessions

12.30-1.30 Lunch

1.30-2.45 Plenary panel 2: The Role of the Palestine/Israel Question in Racialised Discourses on Muslims

2.45-4 Parallel discussion workshops

4-4.30 Tea break

4.30-6 Plenary panel 3: The Interrelationships between Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racialised Discourses

6-6.30 Final session: The Way Forward

We invite abstracts (500 words max.) for 20 minute presentations for the parallel sessions that address any aspect of the issues outlined above. Please send all abstracts to Jamie Hakim at Please include a short biographical note when sending the e-mail.

Calls for Papers: Journal for Palestinian Refugee Studies

Request for Submissions:

Palestinian Return Centre is an independent organisation focusing on the historical, political and legal aspects of Palestinian Refugees. It is based in the UK and has consultative status with the UN. As well as its core activities, the PRC produces a bi-annual publication, the Journal for Palestinian Refugee Studies (JPRS). JPRS is the only publication that focuses on news and analysis that impacts on the plight of Palestinian refugees and we are seeking submissions for the upcoming Autumn edition. Submissions need not be of an academic nature as we are also looking for insightful analysis and information from practitioners that work in the field or from a  political perspective. The forthcoming issue will look particularly at the effect of the recent Gaza siege although the issue will include other topical subject matter as well.

There is a small remuneration for published articles although deadlines for drafts and final edits are strict.

If you have an idea for an article or material you’d like to contribute, please e-mail me a pitch and I will advise of deadlines and send a style guide.

We also have some topics we’d like covered, so we’d also like to hear from qualified individuals (particularly UNRWA staff) who are able to provide valuable insight and we can develop the article with them. Please e-mail me for more information on these topics, along with a synopsis/CV on yourself.


Apologies if you do not have time to consider the above, but if you know anyone else who may be interested, feel free to pass this e-mail on and they can contact me with any questions.

Thank you for your time thus far.

Kind Regards

Sophia Akram

Interim Commissioning Editor, JPRS

PRC website:
JPRS webpage:

Call for Papers: The role of EU Institutions in migration and asylum policies: liberal constraint?

Call for Abstracts for a Panel Proposal for the 2015 CES Conference

The role of EU Institutions in migration and asylum policies: liberal constraint?

We invite scholars who investigate the role of EU institutions in migration and asylum policies to submit an abstract to be included in a panel proposal for the 2015 CES conference which will take place 8-10 July 2015 in Paris, France (

For many years, European cooperation on asylum and migration policies raised concerns about the potentially restrictive impact of such cooperation on the rights of migrants and refugees (Guiraudon 2000; Hathaway 2003; Juss 2005; Fry 2005).  However, the communitarisation of EU asylum and migration policies since the Treaty of Amsterdam (1997) and the introduction of Community law and policies since the early 2000s represent a major turning point in the politics of migration and asylum in Europe. The consequences of this communitarization are only gradually becoming apparent. It has been observed that the shift of power from the member states to EU institutions such as the Court and the Commission has produced new liberal constraints on member states. As a result, it is argued, the European Union is no longer a venue to which member states with restrictive policy preferences can ‘escape’ to circumvent domestic constraints (El-Enany & Thielemann 2011; Acosta Arcarazo & Geddes 2013; Kaunert & Leonard 2012; Bonjour & Vink 2013; Block & Bonjour 2013).

This argument raises questions about the role of EU institutions in asylum and migration policies. Can the policy impact of EU institutions such as the Court, the Commission, and the European Parliament in the field of migration  and asylum indeed be characterized as a ‘liberal constraint’? How can we explain the (liberal) policy preferences and positions adopted by different EU institutions? At which stages in the policy process (agenda-setting, decision-making, implementation) does this impact become apparent and through which channels does it shape national and EU policies? How about the role of EU agencies such as Frontex or the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)?

Please send your abstract (250-500 words) to no later than Friday, 26 September 2014.

We will let you know whether your abstract has been included in our panel proposal no later than 10 October 2014. The conference organizers will let us know whether our panel proposal has been accepted no later than 18 December 2014.

Best regards,

Eiko Thielemann (

Saskia Bonjour (

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Calls for Papers: Advancing Protection and Fostering Belonging in a Global Era of the Criminalization of Migration

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Advancing Protection and Fostering Belonging in a Global Era of the Criminalization of Migration

8th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)

Hosted by Department of Criminology, Ryerson University in collaboration with Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 13-15 May 2015

The United Nations Member States recently acknowledged the need to promote and protect effectively the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, regardless of their migration status. Similarly, there is recognition of the importance of addressing international migration through a comprehensive and balanced approach, recognizing the roles and responsibilities of countries of origin, transit and destination in promoting and protecting the human rights of all migrants (Declaration of the High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, 2013). While the international community’s aim to promote a balanced and human-rights-centred approach to migration is laudable, it is also highly challenging to achieve due to the increasing criminalization of migration. Over the past decades, countries of the Global North have resorted to criminal law measures to deter and punish irregular migrants, including those in need of international protection. They have imposed criminal penalties on forced migrants for entering or staying in their territory in an irregular manner, or using false documents or for unauthorized employment. Detention has not only become increasingly common but pervasive. Transport companies and employers as well as other persons who come into contact with or help forced migrants, such as health professionals, humanitarian workers, landlords, family members and friends have also become the targets of criminal sanctions. Asylum systems have become stricter for refugee claimants arriving in the destination countries with the help of smugglers. These developments fuelled by negative political and popular discourses have significant repercussions for the situation of not only forced migrants whose fundamental rights have been constrained, but also for legal migrants who become tainted by suspicion and face ever stronger selection barriers to entry. This practice of criminalization is counterproductive: it may result in rising levels of discrimination against migrants and xenophobia; it may hamper the implementation of integration and settlement policies; it may discourage forced migrants who are the victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, labour exploitation, abuse by employers or domestic violence and other crimes from coming forward, receive adequate protection and denounce the perpetrators of such crimes; ultimately it may contribute to driving forced migration underground, enhancing the possibilities of exploitation, oppression and infringement to their human dignity.

The 2015 CARFMS Conference will bring together students, instructors, researchers, academics, governmental officials, decision-makers, practitioners (including non-governmental organizations), refugee lawyers and members of community organizations, from diverse disciplinary and regional backgrounds to discuss changes, achievements, challenges and short and long-term options for advancing the protection of migrants and fostering their belonging in their receiving societies. The conference will feature keynote and plenary speeches from leaders in the field and from people with direct experience of forced migration. We invite participants with a wide range of perspectives to explore practical, social, legal, policy-oriented and theoretical questions related to the general theme outlined above. We welcome proposals for individual papers, organized panels and roundtables structured around the following broad subthemes:

1.        Advancing Protection in a Global Era of the Criminalization of Migration: Local, National, Regional, Comparative and International Issues and Concerns

This subtheme analyses discourse, norms, procedures and practices regarding immigration and asylum systems and integration policy as well as their effectiveness, consequences and compatibility with domestic and international human rights and refugee protection standards. What are the social, legal, economic and systemic consequences of the criminalization on immigration and asylum system in Canada and abroad? How do we advance the protection of migrants, including temporary migrant workers, irregular migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, internally displaced persons and stateless persons, at local, national, regional and international levels? How can we understand and respond to the differential experiences of migrants due to identity power relations based on gender, age, ability, sexuality and other axes of “difference”? What is the role of international, regional and local actors, institutions and agencies, employers and members of civil society in advancing protection of migrants? How can solidarity and responsibility-sharing mechanisms be promoted and partnerships amongst the relevant stakeholders be strengthened?

2.        Fostering Belonging in a Global Era of the Criminalization of Migration: Local, National, Regional, Comparative and International Issues and Concerns

This subtheme explores the strengths and the weaknesses of reception, settlement, and integration policies against the background of the criminalization of migration. How do criminal law measures against forced migrants and those who come into contact with them, such as NGO members and health professionals, affect the reception, settlement and integration of migrants? What are the best practices and strategies in the reception, settlement and integration of migrants? What are the best practices and strategies in tackling acts, manifestations and expressions of racism, discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance against migrants? What are the roles played by local, national and regional authorities, employers and members of civil society dealing with issues such as health, education, social welfare, employment and law enforcement? How does gender, sex, age, race, nationality or statelessness and other factors, taken individually or collectively, affect reception, settlement and integration?

3.        New Approaches, Research Methods and Theories in Advancing Protection and Fostering Belonging

This subtheme solicits research on innovative approaches, theories and methods in the field of forced migration, settlement and integration, developed within traditional disciplines or along interdisciplinary lines. New theoretical, conceptual, methodological issues from diverse critical and institutional perspectives lead to a better understanding of recent developments and challenges in the field of migration, and, ultimately, to more protective and inclusive policies and practices affecting forced migrants in local, national, regional, and international contexts. What are the practical issues and challenges of researching migration, settlement and integration in a global era of the criminalization of migration? How do we do research on these issues? How does our research influence the theoretical foundations of mobility, borders, citizenship and diversity, as well as policies of integration? What are the implications of positioning ourselves as academics, policy makers, displaced persons, advocates, or activists when we are looking into issues of forced migration, protection, belongingness and care?

Individuals wishing to present a paper, organized panels and roundtables at the conference must submit a 250-word abstract and 100-word biography by October 1st, 2014. Panel proposals or round-tables must include a general title and a 250-word abstract of each paper forming the panel or roundtable.

Please submit your abstract online via the this link:

Information on the conference will be posted to the CARFMS website:

For more information, please contact:
Michele Millard
Coordinator, Centre for Refugee Studies
8th Floor, York Research Tower
4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 Tel : 416-736-2100 GRATUIT 416-736-2100  ext. 30391
Fax : 416-736-5688
Email :

Promouvoir la Protection et Favoriser le Sentiment d’Appartenance à l’Ère de la Criminalisation des Migrations

8ème Conférence annuelle de l’Association Canadienne des Études sur les Réfugiés et la Migration Forcée (ACERMF) organisée par le Département de Criminologie, Ryerson University en collaboration avec Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS)

Toronto, Ontario
13-15 mai 2015

Les États membres des Nations Unies ont récemment affirmé la nécessité de promouvoir et de protéger de manière effective les droits humains et les libertés fondamentales de toute personne, indépendamment de son statut migratoire. De même, ils ont reconnu l’importance d’adopter une approche globale et équilibrée à la migration internationale, qui reconnaît les rôles et les responsabilités des pays d’origine, de transit et de destination dans la promotion et la protection des droits humains de tous les migrants (Déclaration du Dialogue de haut niveau sur les migrations internationales et le développement, 2013). Bien que l’objectif de la communauté internationale d’aborder la migration dans le cadre d’une approche équilibrée et centrée sur les droits humains soit louable, sa realisation reste un défi majeur en raison de la criminalisation croissante de la migration. Au cours des dernières décennies, les pays du Nord Global ont eu recours à des mesures de droit pénal pour dissuader et réprimer les migrants irréguliers, y compris ceux qui ont besoin d’une protection internationale. Ils ont imposé des sanctions pénales aux migrants forcés pour l’entrée et le séjour irréguliers sur leur territoire, l’utilisation de faux documents ou l’emploi non autorisé. La détention est devenue une pratique courante et omniprésente. Des compagnies de transport et des employeurs ainsi que d’autres personnes qui aident ou entrent en contact avec les migrants forcés, tels que les professionnels de santé, les travailleurs humanitaires, les propriétaires, les membres de la famille et amis ont également fait l’objet de sanctions pénales. Les systèmes d’asile sont devenus plus restrictifs pour les demandeurs d’asile arrivant dans les pays de destination avec l’aide de passeurs. Ces développements alimentés par les discours politiques et populaires négatifs ont eu des répercussions importantes sur la situation des migrants. Les droits fondamentaux des migrants forcés ont été considérablement limités. Les migrants légaux font, eux aussi, face à des obstacles majeurs dans le processus d’immigration. La pratique de la criminalisation est contre-productive: elle peut entraîner plus de discrimination contre les migrants et de xénophobie; elle peut entraver la mise en œuvre des politiques d’établissement et d’intégration; elle peut décourager les migrants forcés qui deviennent victimes de crimes tels que la traite humaine, les agressions sexuelles, l’exploitation par des employeurs ou la violence domestique, de dénoncer leur agresseur et de bénéficier d’une protection adequate. Paradoxalement la criminalisation peut contribuer à l’augmentation de la migration irrégulière, de l’exploitation et d’atteintes au respect de la dignité humaine des migrants.

La Conférence annuelle de l’ACERMF réunira des étudiants, des chercheurs, des universitaires d’horizons disciplinaires et de régions différents, des représentants gouvernementaux, des décideurs, des avocats, des activistes et des représentants de la société civile, y compris des organisations non-gouvernementales, des migrants et des réfugiés, en vue de discuter les changements, les réalisations, les défis et les solutions à court et long terme dans le domaine de la protection des migrants et la promotion des politiques d’établissement et d’intégration dans les pays de destination. Des personnalités reconnues dans le domaine des migrations et des réfugiés interviendront pendant la conférence inaugurale et les sessions plénières. Nous sollicitons la soumission de présentations individuelles, de panels ou de tables rondes explorant les questions pratiques, sociales, juridiques, économiques, politiques et théoriques relatives aux axes suivants :

1.        Promouvoir la protection des migrants à l’ère de la criminalisation des migrations : Les questions et préoccupations aux niveaux local, national, régional et international

Cet axe a pour objectif d’analyser les discours, normes, procédures et pratiques en matière de politique d’immigration et d’asile, ainsi que leur efficacité et conséquences. On y examine leur compatibilité avec les droits humains aux niveaux national, régional et international, et avec les normes de protection des réfugiés. Quelles sont les implications de la criminalisation dans le système d’immigration et d’asile au Canada et ailleurs? Comment peut-on promouvoir la protection des migrants, y compris des travailleurs temporaires, des migrants irréguliers, des demandeurs d’asile, des réfugiés, des personnes déplacées et des apatrides, aux niveaux local, national, régional et international? Comment peut-on comprendre et rendre compte des expériences des migrants dans le cadre des relations de pouvoir fondées sur le sexe, l’âge, la capacité, la sexualité et d’autres marqueurs de la « différence »? Quel est le rôle des acteurs internationaux, régionaux et locaux, des institutions et organismes, des employeurs et des membres de la société civile dans la protection des migrants? Comment les mécanismes de solidarité et de partage des responsabilités peuvent être promus et les partenariats entre les parties prenantes concernées renforcés?

2.        Favoriser le sentiment d’appartenance à l’ère de la criminalisation des migrations : Les questions et préoccupations aux niveaux local, national, régional et international

Cet axe explore les forces et les faiblesses des politiques d’accueil, d’établissement et d’intégration dans le contexte de la criminalisation de la migration. Comment les mesures du droit pénal visant les migrants forcés et ceux qui entrent en contact avec eux, tels que les membres des ONG et des professionnels de la santé, affectent l’accueil, l’établissement et l’intégration des migrants? Quelles sont les meilleures pratiques et stratégies dans la réception, l’établissement et l’intégration des migrants? Quelles sont les meilleures pratiques et stratégies dans la lutte contre le racisme, la discrimination, la xénophobie et l’intolérance à l’encontre des migrants? Quels sont les rôles joués par les autorités locales, nationales et régionales, les employeurs et les membres de la société civile dans le domaine de la santé, l’éducation, la protection sociale, l’emploi ainsi que la mise en œuvre de la loi? Comment le genre, le sexe, l’âge, la race, la nationalité ou l’apatridie et d’autres facteurs, pris individuellement ou  ensemble, affectent l’accueil, l’établissement et l’intégration des migrants?

3.        Promouvoir la protection des migrants et favoriser leur sentiment d’appartenance: Nouvelles approches, méthodes de recherche et théories

Cet axe sollicite des présentations traitant des approches, théories et méthodes innovantes dans le domaine de la migration forcée, l’établissement et l’intégration, développées dans les disciplines traditionnelles ou dans le cadre des  études interdisciplinaires. De nouvelles perspectives théoriques, conceptuelles et méthodologiques conduisent à une meilleure compréhension des développements récents en matière de migration et permettent d’explorer la complexité des politiques et des pratiques qui affectent les migrants dans des contextes locaux, nationaux, régionaux et internationaux. Quels sont les questions pratiques et les défis liés à la recherche menée en matière de la migration forcée, l’établissement et l’intégration dans une ère de la criminalisation de la migration? Comment nos recherches influencent-elles les fondements théoriques des concepts tels que la mobilité, les frontières, la citoyenneté et la diversité, ainsi que les politiques d’intégration? Quelles sont les difficultés rencontrées par les universitaires, les décideurs, les avocats, ou les militants lorsqu’ils se positionnent sur la question des migrations forcées, de la protection des migrants, de l’appartenance et de l’intégration?

Les personnes souhaitant présenter une communication individuelle lors de la Conférence sont priées de soumettre un résumé de 250 mots de leur communication, ainsi qu’une note biographique de 100 mots avant le 1er octobre 2014. Les propositions de panel ou de tables-ronde doivent comprendre un titre général et un résumé de 250 mots de chaque communication formant le panel ou la table-ronde.

Les propositions de communication doivent être soumises via le site internet:

Informations sur la conférence sera affichée sur le site Web ACERMF :

Pour plus d’informations, prière de contacter:

Michele Millard
Coordinator, Centre for Refugee Studies
8th Floor, York Research Tower
4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 Tel : 416-736-2100  GRATUIT 416-736-2100  ext. 30391
Fax : 416-736-5688
Email :

Book Launch ‘Lives in Motion’ 25 Sept

Thurs 25 Sept 2014, 3.30pm, WTA, Goldsmiths, University of London

The Sociology PhD party will be launching a new book by one of our doctorate students Angelo Martins Junior who has authored

‘Lives in Motion: notebooks of an immigrant in London’ (2014, published by Whyte Tracks).

Based on ethnographic research with Brazilians working in the service sector in London, this book presents a documentary narrative of lives, journeys and stories of people on the move, presenting tales of both triumph and woe.

Discussant: Yasmin Gunaratnam (Sociology Dept, Goldsmiths), author of Death of the Migrant: bodies, borders and care (2013), Narrative & Stories in Health Care and Researching Race and Ethnicity: Methods, Knowledge and Power (2003). She is a member of both the Media Diversified and Feminist Review collectives.

Chair of discussion: Nirmal Puwar (Sociology Dept, Goldsmiths), author of Space Invaders: race, gender and bodies out of place (2003) and Curating Sociology (forthcoming. She has co-edited 15 collections and is Co-Director of the Methods Lab.

Thurs 25 Sept 2014, 3.30pm, WTA, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW.

For further details of this event email:


Book Launch: ‘Secure the borders!’ The cost and consequences of Europe’s ‘fight against irregular migration’

The Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit is pleased to invite you to.
‘Secure the borders!’ The cost and consequences of Europe’s ‘fight against irregular migration’

5.00-6.30pm, Tuesday 14 October 2014
The Venue, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, LSE

Speakers: Dr Ruben Andersson, Dr Nicholas De Genova, Mr Jeremy Harding, Dr Cecilia Malmström

Chair: Prof Mary Kaldor

The summer of 2014 has been yet another season of misery at Europe’s southern frontiers. The unseaworthy boats carrying migrants and refugees towards an uncertain destiny and destination have again multiplied along Italian shores, despite the large investments in more patrols, surveillance and coordination at the borders. Elsewhere, in Spain and Greece, a similar story repeats. A decade on from the founding of Europe’s border agency Frontex, the challenges at the border seem as steep and intractable as ever. In this time, Europe has developed ever more complex initiatives for tracking, halting, returning and assisting undocumented migrants seeking southern European shores, involving an expanding range of sectors: European border guards and African security forces, humanitarians and policymakers, academics and intelligence experts, defence companies and data managers. What are the stakes for these diverse and at times conflictive groups working on irregular migration at and beyond the EU external borders? Who are the winners and losers among them – and are they succeeding in their job of ‘managing the frontiers’? To mark the launch of Illegality, Inc. (UC Press), this event grapples with such difficult questions about the ‘business of bordering Europe’ in the boats’ wake – while also suggesting ways in which the suffering at the borders may be alleviated in the future.

Ruben Andersson (@ruben_andersson) is AXA Postdoctoral Research Fellow at LSE’s Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit.

Nicholas De Genova is a Reader in Urban Geography at King’s College, London.

Jeremy Harding is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books.

Cecilia Malmström (@MalmstromEU) is the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEborders

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ ( or contact us at or 0207 955 6043.


Racism: From the Labour Movement to the Far-Right

Please find attached the final programme for the conference entitled ‘Racism: From the Labour Movement to the Far-Right’. The event will take place at the University of Glasgow on 5-6 September.

The keynote lecture will be given by Professor Floya Anthias (University of East London) on ‘Intersectionality and the Struggles against Racism’. Professor Anthias’ research explores different forms of stratification, social hierarchy and inequality, and how they interconnect, paying specific attention to racism, diaspora and hybridity, multiculturalism, gender and migration, labour market disadvantages and class position.

There are also two exhibition planned for the conference. The first one draws on work carried out by Dr Sundari Anitha (University of Lincoln) and Professor Ruth Pearson (University of Leeds) entitled Striking Women. This celebrates the catalytic role played by South Asian women in two industrial disputes in the Greater London area – the strike at Grunwick between 1976 and 1978 and the dispute at Gate Gourmet that erupted in 2005. Through images, text and interviews, the exhibition locates these disputes in the wider context of South Asian women’s activism in the workplace. The second exhibition displayed during the conference is prepared by the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER). This exhibition, originally put together for Black History Month, presents Scotland’s – and especially Glasgow’s – intimate links with the British Empire, colonialism and slave trade.

The first day will conclude with two book launches. Wilf Sullivan, Head of Race Equality at the TUC will discuss Satnam Virdee’s new book, Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider, while David Renton, Barrister at Garden Court Chambers will introduce Neil Davidson’s jointly edited collection, The Longue Duree of the Far-Right.

Please see the conference website for further information:


Events: Refugee Testimonies workshop (reminder)

Refugee Testimonies Workshop at Clark University
September 19-21, 2014

The International Development, Community and Environment Department at Clark University is offering a three-day workshop entitled, Witnessing: Taking testimonies and constructing refugee narratives. Taught by Leora Kahn, Executive Director of PROOF: Media for Social Change, the workshop is geared towards professionals who work with refugees and other displaced people.

Workshop Description:
Testimonies have different purposes. They can be used for refugee status determination (RSD), in journalistic accounts, for testimony in an international court, for policy research and academic articles, to teach, or to preserve history. Testimonies have also helped stimulate and shape social change, and can be an effective tool for policy change and social transformation.

This three-day, hands-on workshop will introduce methods and ethics of testimony-taking and will examine the uses and importance of refugee testimonies. Participants will learn to take testimonies and construct narratives through different techniques, and will become familiar with techniques of visual story-telling for advocacy and other purposes. The workshop will bring together refugee service professionals, community leaders, field practitioners in local and international agencies, representatives of government entities and academics in a collaborative environment. We will explore ethical questions in taking testimonies to illuminate human rights issues. During this workshop participants will actively practice taking testimonies based on the topics and methods discussed in each class. The workshop also includes a field trip to an oral history exhibit based on refugee testimony, and coincides with the opening of the exhibit, Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers at Clark University. Topics and examples will include: oral history projects with refugees from Bhutan, testimony from Syrian asylum seekers in Europe, and visual narratives from Guatemala, among others.

About the Workshop Convener:

Leora Kahn is the founder and Executive Director of PROOF: Media for Social Justice, an award-winning organization that brings together photographers, documentarians, academics and activists to create visual documentary projects that become sustainable educational tools in regions riven by recent armed conflict and atrocities. Leora was previously the director of photography at Workman Publishing and at Corbis. She has also worked for Time, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and US News and World Report as well as for the Ford and Annie E. Casey Foundations. She has curated exhibitions for the Ford Foundation, ABC Television, Amnesty International, Women’s Refugee Commission, and the Holocaust Museum in Houston, and has held visiting appointments at the Genocide Studies Center at Yale University, where she conducted research on rescuers and rescuing behavior, and at Clark University’s Holocaust and Genocide Center.

This non-credit workshop is open to practitioners, researchers, and students in the field of refugees, displacement, and forced migration. The workshop will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants. The language of this workshop is English; we are unfortunately unable to offer translation services.

The workshop will be held in the beautiful Rose Library at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. Map:

Tuition for the workshop is US$550, which includes course material, lunch and coffee breaks on all three days, field trip to Boston, and the Picturing Moral Courage exhibit reception.

There are two available tuition-only scholarships for participants from refugee backgrounds. Please contact the workshop administrator for an application form.

Application Process:
To apply for the workshop, please email a cover letter and a recent CV to workshop administrator Danielle Strandson by the deadline August 20,  2014

A deposit of $150 is due by August 31. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.

More information on payment method will be provided to accepted participants. A list of recommended accommodations will be sent to all accepted participants.

UEL researcher explores conflict prevention in the Western Balkans

Originally posted on UEL Research Support Blog:

Vassilis-FouskasNew research into alternative conflict prevention in the Western Balkans is being explored today at a workshop co-hosted by UEL in cooperation with the University of Banja Luka, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Cyprus 40 years on

Originally posted on UEL Research Support Blog:

Vassilis-FouskasProfessor Vassilis K. Fouskas, Director of the Centre for the Study of States, Markets & People (STAMP) at UEL, writes about the ongoing conflict on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus in openDemocracy. Read the article here.

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CMRB Seminar – ‘What was Gaza about?’

Originally posted on UEL Research Support Blog:

CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) is pleased to announce the following seminar – ‘What was Gaza about?’ by Prof. Avishai Ehrlich.

The seminar will take place in the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, 27-28 Woburn Sq, WC1H OAA on 4–6pm, Sunday 7th September 2014.

For more details download the flyer.

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Un ricordo di Piero

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Piero Colacicchi, 1937-2014

Piero Colacicchi, 1937-2014

Il 13 Agosto 2014 si sono svolti a Firenze i funerali del professor Piero Colacicchi, docente all’Accademia di Belle Arti, archeologo dilettante e attivista instancabile per i diritti delle minoranze.

 Piero non c’è più, la sua morte lascia un enorme senso di vuoto; la sensazione di qualcosa di non-finito, di parole, idee e azioni che dovevano ancora venire, che stavamo discutendo e progettando insieme con gli altri membri di OsservAzione, il collettivo che avevamo formato nel 2005 e di cui lui era stato il primo presidente. Progetti che avrebbero preso forma nelle prossime settimane e mesi e che si innescavano senza soluzione di continuità in un dialogo iniziato anni fa, alla fine degli anni 90 a Napoli, in un’affollata riunione in cui lui presentò ‘Il paese dei campi’, il rapporto dell’European Roma Rights Center a cui aveva dato un contributo fondamentale, e si discusse la nascita…

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Ethiopia’s ‘Master Plan’ – good for development, damaging for minorities

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Writing from our Africa Office in Kampala, MRG intern Biraanu Gammachu sheds light on the Ethiopian government’s unpopular national development project. 

Ethiopia paints two remarkable but contrasting images before the global eye. On one side we see an independent state, a cradle for human civilization. On the other, we see a state struggling to shrug off poverty, that disgraceful consequence of underdevelopment, poor governance and conflict.

The fall of Ethiopia’s socialist military regime in 1991 ushered in the leadership of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), a coalition party. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), leading the coalition, engineered Ethiopia’s 1995 Constitution, which charted the country into seven ethnically-divided regional states, two geographically defined regional states and two Provisional City Administrations (Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa).


For the first time, the Meles Zenawi regime officially introduced a multi-party democracy, ethnic federalism and a market economy in a move to…

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‘Get out there and get it’ – Women and Leadership in Kenya

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giuliaGiulia Di Mattia, Programme Officer at Minority Rights Group International, interviewed Jennipher Atieno, the new Minister for Education, Youth, Culture and Social Services for Kisumu County in Kenya, who has dedicated her life to empowering marginalised women.

Jennipher Atieno has worked for the protection of the rights of marginalised women in Kenya for over 20 years. She explains how minority women face double discrimination, both from cultural practices towards women within their own communities and as a member of a minority community. In her own words, ‘Women are discriminated against, in particular when it comes to property ownership. The men don’t consider the opinion of the women.’

Jennipher Atieno at the launch of our report 'Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity' in December 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya

Jennipher Atieno at the launch of our 2012 report ‘Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity’ in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: OPDP

She has recently been appointed as Minister for Education, Youth, Culture and Social Services for Kisumu County, Kenya. At…

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Un ricordo di Piero

Originally posted on Postcards from ...:

Piero Colacicchi, 1937-2014

Piero Colacicchi, 1937-2014

Il 13 Agosto 2014 si sono svolti a Firenze i funerali del professor Piero Colacicchi, docente all’Accademia di Belle Arti, archeologo dilettante e attivista instancabile per i diritti delle minoranze.

 Piero non c’è più, la sua morte lascia un enorme senso di vuoto; la sensazione di qualcosa di non-finito, di parole, idee e azioni che dovevano ancora venire, che stavamo discutendo e progettando insieme con gli altri membri di OsservAzione, il collettivo che avevamo formato nel 2005 e di cui lui era stato il primo presidente. Progetti che avrebbero preso forma nelle prossime settimane e mesi e che si innescavano senza soluzione di continuità in un dialogo iniziato anni fa, alla fine degli anni 90 a Napoli, in un’affollata riunione in cui lui presentò ‘Il paese dei campi’, il rapporto dell’European Roma Rights Center a cui aveva dato un contributo fondamentale, e si discusse la nascita…

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Campzenship: on the camp as a space of membership

Originally posted on Postcards from ...:

citizenship studiesFraming camps and camp-like institutions in terms of exception and emergency is certainly evocative and captures the sense of profound discomfort that many feel for this kind of institutions. However, this vocabulary also obscures the ‘normality’ of these spaces, in other words – paraphrasing Bauman – their being a product of our modernity (and post-modernity) not a one-off exception. It also obscures the lives and experiences of their inhabitants that the vocabulary of exception relegates in a terrain of indistinction and passivity. In an article just published in Citizenship Studies entitled ‘Campzenship: Reimagining the camp as a social and political space‘, responding to Bonnie Honig‘s invitation to de-exceptionalize the exception, I draw on my ethnographic fieldwork in camps for Roma refugees in Italy to show the camp as a space of sociality and politics that encapsulate postmodern political membership and the intimate and inherent relationship between space and…

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Is integration “impossible” for Roma in France?

Originally posted on minorities in focus:


As the 17-year-old Roma youth known only as Darius recovers from a vicious gang assault that shined a spotlight on France’s forced eviction policy last month, Isabelle Younane, MRG’s Communications Intern,  spoke with Roma rights activists, a Romanian MEP and the Vice President of the nation’s far-left party Front National, to get to the heart of the debate.

Louis Aliot, Front National (FN): ‘There’s no hatred!’

As much as Marine le Pen’s husband has deplored the June attack on Darius, he refuses to recognise the incident as a hate crime. ‘There’s no hatred!’ insisted Mr Aliot, ‘There’s only respect for the laws of the Republic and for public order.’ According to reports, Darius’ armed attackers beat up and burned his body before dissolving parts of his jaw with battery acid and dumping his body in a supermarket trolley. The teenager, a suspected thief, emerged from his…

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Events: Seminar: ‘Refugees, Asylum and Effective Nationality’ (17 September 2014)

The American University in Cairo
School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies

 “Refugees, Asylum, and Effective Nationality”

The modern, political, legal approach to human rights and protection is problematic in that human rights abuses are still widely occurring and in some cases are increasing. Despite legal and political regimes becoming more complex and growing in jurisprudence, the protections against human rights abuses that these systems purportedly aim to build are ineffective, and in many cases the complexities of the systems are specifically designed to protect other interests. These other interests can even be antithetical to their stated purposes of human rights protection. In fewer examples is this more clear than in the case of the modern concept of the refugee. By examining one aspect of refugee protection, namely the effective nationality against which claims for asylum are decided, this talk will focus on the idea that not all nationalities are created equal. The case of the refugee serves as a marker for a systemic problem of how human rights derivation is understood through nations, states, and legal protection. The protection shortfalls that are occurring are the basis of a critique aimed at seeing substantive change in the protection for refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and the stateless. The talk will focus on seeing this change happen through a shift in understanding of human rights as inherent to the nature of humanity and not as privileges established by state power structures.


Zachary Jackman

CMRS Student

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

6th Floor Lounge – Hill House, Tahrir Square Campus

6.00- 7.30 pm

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Europe’s Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU’s Shameful Immigration Policy

Originally posted on ESPMI Network:


Der Spiegel

Along the frontiers between Spain and Morocco, Greece and Turkey and Hungary and Serbia, the EU is deploying brutal methods to keep out undesired refugees. Many risk everything for a future in Europe and their odysseys too often end in death.

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Victims’ Rights, the EU Charter, and Passport Confiscation – the Human Rights Roundup

Originally posted on UK Human Rights Blog:

British_passport HRRWelcome back to the UK Human Rights Roundup, your regular (except for August) last night at the human rights Proms. The full list of links can be found here. You can find previous roundups here. Links compiled by Adam Wagner, post by Celia Rooney.

In recent news, the government outlines proposals for increased rights for the victims of crime, as well as for the revocation and confiscation of passports for ISIS fighters returning to the UK. In other news, the legality of the EU Charter comes back to haunt Chris Grayling once again.

New Rights for the Victims of Crime

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Annual Conference on EU Asylum Law 2014

Originally posted on IntLawGrrls:


This conference will provide asylum law practitioners with practical insight into the current challenges and changes affecting applications for asylum in the EU under the subsidiary protection regime. It will also analyse the recent case law of the European courts on asylum law.

Key topics

The concept of subsidiary protection
The scope and limits of Art. 15(c) Qualification Directive (‘indiscriminate violence in situations of international or internal armed conflict’)
Changes to subsidiary protection in the reformed Common European Asylum System
Update on developments in European asylum legislation
Recent case law of the CJEU and ECtHR in the area of asylum law and their incorporation into national law

It has long been recognised that individuals who do not qualify for refugee status may still be in a situation such that they should not be sent back to their country of origin. With the second-phase CEAS legislation, several aspects of…

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The rich history of the Asian Human Rights Commission in video

Originally posted on Hans Thoolen on Human Rights Defenders:

On 11 September 2014 the Asian Human Rights Commission[AHRC] published a documentary telling the story of 30 yearsof commitment produced by Josefina Bergsten, which traces 30 years of work of the Asian Human Rights Commission and its sister organisation the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC). Both the AHRC and the ALRC are based in Hong Kong, and work in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong, and China, in addition to its important role in regional institution building. As is to be expected in this kind of NGO film it contains quite a bit of ‘talking head’ (in particular the well-spoken Director Basil Fernando) but on the other hand the human rights movement has so little in visual memory and the richly illustrated stories told by Basil are so persuasive that it is a 50 minutes well spent for those…

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Again, hundreds of refugees from wars drown in Mediterranean

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video says about itself:

Syrian refugees left to die at sea

23 October 2013

Footage has emerged of the rescue of hundreds of Syrian refugees who say they were left to drown in the Mediterranean off the coast of Malta. Survivors said they were rescued off the Maltese coast after their boat was shot and sunk by Libya traffickers after an argument about payment earlier this month. Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull has more.

From the Daily Telegraph in Britain:

Up to 700 migrants drown in Mediterranean as people smugglers accused of deliberately capsizing boat

More than 650 migrants are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean in two separate incidents, with humanitarian organisations calling for “legal avenues” to be opened up to enable refugees to reach Europe safely

Dutch NOS TV, quoting Libyan authorities, says 800 people dead.

By Nick Squires, Rome

4:46PM BST 15 Sep 2014


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Where Is The UNHCR RSD Surge Happening?

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The number of people applying to UNHCR for individual refugee status determination grew by 115,276 from 2011 to 2013. That’s a huge increase – 144 percent to be exact. But where is this happening, and who is submitting these applications?

The answer to these questions reveals a lot about the role that RSD plays in international refugee policy. The top three refugee populations worldwide in 2013 were Afghans, Syrians (whose numbers passed the 3 million mark in late August), and Somalis. But while these nationalities do apply to UNHCR RSD in significant numbers, they are not primarily responsible for the big upsurge in UNHCR RSD.

This is because only a small fraction of these large refugee populations go through individualized RSD. It would be impossible to adjudicate so many. Group-based status recognition fills the gap. So, for example, Lebanon hosted close to a million Syrian refugees by the end of 2013, but…

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Documentary The Rights of Others shows Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia against evictions

Originally posted on Hans Thoolen on Human Rights Defenders:

On 22 September 2014 will be shown the film “The Rights of Others” by Chris Kelly [] on work done by human rights defenders in Cambodia, especially those who fight against forced evictions, a common feature of Cambodia’s ‘development model’ as demonstrated also by the work of  the monk Luon Sovath who became the Laureate of the Martin Ennals Award 2012.

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Once again refugees “fall though cracks” – Congolese family of 13 people homeless

Originally posted on Friends of Refugees:

cracksA Congolese refugee family of an unnamed resettlement agency in a small town outside Portland, Oregon found themselves homeless this past summer despite a father who is an experienced automotive mechanic. A newspaper article uses the typical refrain of resettlement agencies, claiming they merely fell through the cracks in the system. This seems to be a regular occurrence as illustrated on this blog. The article at KGW News explains:

LAFAYETTE, Ore. – A refugee family of 13 people has a home to rent in a small town after being homeless this past summer.

Oswald Mushombe and his wife Nakinga Mahinga have 11 children, ranging in age from 5 months old to nearly 16 years old. Some of them were born in a refugee camp in Africa, where the family lived for five years to escape violence and persecution in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Housing problems after they arrived…

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On the Forefront: 22 years working for the rehabilitation of trauma survivors in Sri Lanka

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  • “This article evaluates the relief work carried out by British voluntary societies among German civilians between 1945 and 1950. Drawing on the archives of voluntary societies and on interviews with relief workers, the article highlights the centrality of the German refugee crisis and the importance of the sometimes conflictual relationship between attitudes at home and realities on the ground in explaining the development, direction and significance of the British relief effort in post-war western Germany. It concludes that volunteers in Germany and observers at home ultimately found a greater value in the ‘spirit’ in which voluntary societies approached their work than in any of the limited material results arising from it.”


  • “In recent years, protracted crises and fragile post-conflict settings have challenged the co-existence, and even the linear continuum, of relief and development aid. Forced migration has tested humanitarian and development paradigms where sudden-onset emergencies, violence and displacement arise alongside ongoing development work. Drawing on Médecins Sans Frontières interventions in the region from December 2010 to May 2011, this paper examines aid and healthcare responses to displacement in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia; it focuses on challenges to the maintenance of preparedness for such foreseeable emergencies and to adaptation in response to changing situations of displacement and insecurity. This ‘backsliding’ from development to emergency remains a substantial challenge to aid; yet, in exactly such cases, it also presents the opportunity to ensure access to medical care that is much more urgently needed in times of crisis, including the suspension of user fees for medical care.”


  • “With a view towards suggesting improvements to the official UK Guidance for disaster exercises, this paper critically examines a representative sample of recent disaster management exercises in the United Kingdom to determine how they are planned, conducted and assessed. Personal observations and in-depth qualitative interviews were used to study three representative multi-agency disaster exercises in the UK: (1) the Hitachi 395 Evacuation Workshop and Exercise Twin Bore, (2) Exercise Saxon Shore and (3) Exercise Operation Safe Return. The research demonstrates that disaster exercises in the UK generally consist of four main approaches: (1) disaster response and adaptability, (2) building-block approach, (3) citizen participation and (4) discussion-based debriefs. While the data demonstrates that each of these approaches has significant merit, it also elucidates key improvements that should be made to the official UK guidance and reflected in future exercises. In particular, the research suggests that the Guidance should highlight the importance of adaptability at the scene of a disaster, advance a building-block methodology to organising exercises and reiterate the need for better debriefings of volunteer participants.”


  • “This article is an analysis of the current immigration policy in Australia from the perspective of critical social work. The analysis is based on the outcomes of the immigration applications of three families of children with disabilities. It is argued that, as seen in the experience of the three families, Australian immigration policy is markedly underpinned by ableism and economic rationalism, rendering the assessment process to determine immigration eligibility patently discriminatory against people with disabilities and their families. Such discriminatory practice is seen as a challenge for social work practice.”


  • “Using a nationally representative sample of Asian immigrant women in the USA (N = 33,032), we examined ethnic variations in labor force participation and different predictors of labor force participation among six Asian ethnic subgroups, including Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese. Our findings indicated that having a higher level of education, fewer children under age 5, US citizenship, a longer length of residence in the USA, and a better English proficiency were significantly related to higher rates of labor force participation among certain ethnic subgroups. The different predictors of labor force participation by ethnic subgroups were further analyzed in cultural contexts.”


  • “This study examined relationships between social networks and immigration stress among first-generation Chinese immigrants. Using data from a larger study of health behavior among first-generation Mandarin/English-speaking immigrants residing in the Los Angeles metropolitan area (N = 1,183), this study found that Chinese immigrants living closer to immediate family and maintaining larger social networks experienced lower immigration stress. Unexpectedly, immigrants with larger family sizes and who participated in voluntary associations (e.g., religious, alumni, and nationality associations) reported increased immigration stress. The findings suggest that practitioners need to be cautious of a possible downside in designing interventions to expand social networks among immigrant clients. The study is especially important in the context of a rapidly increasing immigrant population from Mainland China to the USA.

    Key Practitioner Message: ● Working with immigration families should incorporate assessment of their social network; ● Interventions designed to facilitate supportive social networks should differentiate different social network ties; ● Different social network ties may affect the stress level of immigrants differently.”


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  • “No lobby reacted with more hostility to Jewish refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe than did the medical profession, yet refugee physicians ultimately fared better than any other occupational group. The counter-campaign waged by a group of American doctors partly resolves this paradox. The National Committee for the Resettlement of Foreign Physicians helped immigrants pass licensing exams in the rapidly shrinking number of states that allowed them to take the tests, and to procure exemptions in the growing number of states that did not. It thus helped physicians to become the only refugees collectively to retain their professional status in their new country.

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  • “While various studies have already shown that people prefer high- over low-skilled migrants, we know surprisingly little why this is so. This article tries to close this gap by investigating three explanatory models. (i) According to the labour market competition model, citizens oppose immigrants with the same skill levels who are perceived as competitors on the job market. (ii) According to the welfare state model, low-skilled immigrants’ use of public services is disproportionally higher than their contribution to tax revenues contrary to high-skilled immigrants. (iii) According to the deservingness model, high-skilled immigrants are preferred, as low-skilled immigrants are considered as lazy people who would be as well off as natives if they only tried harder. As one of the first studies outside the United States, these arguments are tested by means of an experimental online survey in Switzerland. Respondents were randomly assigned to evaluate low- and high-skilled immigrants. We find that different groups prefer high- over low-skilled immigrants for different reasons: While the labour market competition model does not play a role, the welfare state model only holds for natives who are well off in regions with low taxes. Finally, attitudes on deservingness explain preference of high-skilled immigrants only if the respondents have a high income. “


  • “This article presents a comparative examination of the educational underachievement of second-generation immigrants in Western Europe near the end of compulsory schooling, based on the 2006–2009 waves of the Programme for International Student Assessment survey. We propose a new measure of migrant educational penalty—revealing the relative position of immigrant students within the achievement distribution of natives with the same socio-economic background—and show that, in most countries, children of immigrants are substantially disadvantaged. We find that the severity of such penalties varies across countries in a way that can neither be reduced to compositional issues, nor equated to educational inequalities driven by socio-economic status. Based on a simple theoretical model of individual student achievement, we detect features of educational systems that might be specifically relevant for the relative disadvantage of immigrant students. By means of recursive partitioning methods, we explore the extent to which these features can explain the cross-country variability in migrant penalties. Our findings suggest that an early inclusion in the educational system may be beneficial for children of immigrants, as countries with high preschool attendance rates or early start of compulsory schooling display mild penalties. Finally, we find that another important institutional aspect is the degree to which second-generation immigrants are marginalized in low-quality schools, in stratified as well as comprehensive educational systems. “


  • “In humanitarian aid policy and practice, the importance of women’s participation is strongly emphasised. However, this article argues that women’s participation has become an instrument for optimising the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian operations rather than a tool for the promotion of gender equality. Drawing on the Foucauldian concept of governmentality, the article examines how women’s participation is represented and employed as a means to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian aid in two refugee camp contexts, in Bangladesh and in Thailand, and asks how such strategies affect the gendered relations of power that shape women’s lives in the camps. Based on interviews with humanitarian workers, the analysis shows that programmes that promote women’s participation as a means for the achievement of other goals can reinforce existing gender inequalities, but also, despite their constraining effects, contribute to open up new opportunities for women. However, equality is treated as a side effect, not a goal in its own right. In conclusion, the article suggests that renewed engagement with the political project of feminism is needed to counter the de-politisation and instrumentalisation of gender in humanitarian aid, and bring the goals of equality and justice back in. “


  • “This article argues that enhanced understanding of the inter-war period in the development of the international refugee regime can contribute to current debates on the extent to which current practices of “burden-shifting” – in the form of the externalisation and securitisation of asylum – betray the regime’s humanitarian origins as expressed by the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. It demonstrates, through archival research, that rather than being characterised by the humanitarian wish to relieve the plight of the displaced – a wish which, at times, fell victim to political/ideological manipulation – the development of the refugee regime was instead primarily concerned with burden-limiting, ethnic and racial harmony, and a technocratic approach to the “disposal” of refugees. This article concludes by suggesting that historical investigation of the development of the refugee regime can reveal the ways in which our “solutions” and how we measure their success are inseparable from our understanding of what the problem, and who the refugee, is – and that this understanding is perhaps not as simple as the traditional picture of a humanitarian concern for the protection of the displaced might suggest. It also emphasises the need to recognize the extent to which continued ahistorical reification of the refugee regime can entrench rather than “solve” the refugee problem. “


  • “Forced displacement generated by organized crime is a little-studied and poorly understood phenomenon. Based on field research carried out in 2013, this article redresses this situation by analysing the broad dynamics of an alarming new wave of forced displacement sweeping El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – the countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America – and Mexico. It focuses specifically on the role played by three of the main types of organized criminal groups in the region – mara street gangs, Central American drug transporters, and Mexican drug cartels – in provoking this displacement. Structural differences between these groups are shown to influence both the forms of displacement that they produce and the resulting patterns of movement by displaced persons. Consideration is then devoted to the implications for scholarship and humanitarian practice of this new wave of forced displacement generated by organized criminal groups. “


  • “This article explores the series of international protection policy initiatives by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 2000 to 2013: Global Consultations, Agenda for Protection, Convention Plus, and the High Commissioner’s Dialogues. It shows how each initiative evolved and developed into another. It analyses the initiatives: how they began; what they have in common; and whether they met refugees’ needs. The analysis demonstrates that these form a single evolving initiative, establishing then following the Agenda for Protection and continuing with the High Commissioner’s Dialogues. These initiatives centred around annual June/July meetings which involved senior international protection staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and governmental representatives on the Standing Committee of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme. The Dialogues on international protection, with the possibility of future actions from them, are a continuing legacy. International protection policy initiatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees demonstrate that it has the capacity and the means to respond to the pressures of a volatile external environment and the wide-ranging needs of refugees while, at the same time, influencing the direction and shape of States’ responses to the plight of the world’s refugees and other persons of concern to the Refugee Agency. “


  • “The 2010 reform of the legal regime regulating Palestinians’ access to the labour market in Lebanon ignited a heated debate among Lebanese, Palestinians, and international political actors. This article analyses the advocacy initiatives preceding the reform to answer the following question: what signifiers of Palestinian-ness have Palestinian political entrepreneurs mobilised? In a nutshell, it shows how a group of non-governmental organizations working with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon re-shaped the references to “Return” and “Dignity” in order to create an intellectual environment favourable to their demands for legal reform. However, these two signifiers not only concern the issue of the work-related rights of Lebanon’s Palestinians, but they also envisage a specific form of emplacement of the Palestinian community in that country. From this perspective, they are the constitutive elements of a “diasporic project” of emplacement in which Palestinians collectively exist in an in-between (imagined) space situated somewhere between their host society and their homeland. “


  • “The spectacular arrival of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children at the southern frontier of the US over the last three years has provoked a frenzied response. President Obama calls the situation a “humanitarian crisis” on the US’s borders. News interviews with these vulnerable children appear almost daily in the global news media alongside official pronouncements by the US government on how it intends to stem this flow of migrants.

    But what is not yet recognised is that these children represent only the tip of the iceberg of a deeper new humanitarian crisis in the region. Of course, recent figures for unaccompanied children (UAC) arriving in the US from the three countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are alarming.”


  • “In this article, our ethnographic focus is a human trafficking “reality tour” of Thailand, a one-week tour of purported trafficking-related sites that the authors jointly attended. This tour was part of a growing number of trips around the world that offer alternatives to mass tourism, taking issues of social justice and humanitarian intervention as their focal orientation. As scholars with an interest in trafficking, labor exploitation, and sex workers’ rights, we chose to take not human trafficking itself, but rather the “reality tour” that claimed to represent it as our ethnographic object, to critically interrogate the reality of the “realities of the global trade in humans” that it endeavored to convey. What do commercially packaged “anti-trafficking” tours reveal about global panics around sexuality and sex work, as well as about the politics of tourism and development in Thailand? Transnationally, how does the notion of “NGOs as experts” interact with local expertise around trafficking, labor, and sex workers’ rights? And how do moral and political economies of authenticity circulate in the “reality tourist” experience? We situate our interrogation of these issues within the expanding literatures on tourism and authenticity as well as the critical literatures on sex tourism and sex trafficking, two terrains of scholarship that have infrequently been juxtaposed. “


  • “Since the publication in 1998 of Country of My Skull, Antjie Krog has established herself internationally as the foremost journalistic commentator on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). In this new book, Krog has collected together a number of published pieces written since Country of My Skull. Many readers will already have seen most of these, but anthologized together here they make clear why Krog is such an important interpreter of South Africa, to audiences both at home and abroad.

    The volume accurately reflects the preoccupations of Krog’s writing and provides an excellent introduction to the uninitiated reader. Included alongside versions of published texts are framing notes, and in some cases Krog has revised the texts in order to provide a context. Whereas readers new to her work are given a useful overview, readers familiar with her work will be surprised by the new perspectives provided in the way the material is presented. “


  • “‘Those with the power to decide or even help tend to silence victims by not creating mechanisms through which they may receive justice or by silencing them even when they want to have access to such mechanisms because we have socially labelled their experiences as unspeakable or unbearable,’ concludes Usta Kaitesi, Principal of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Rwanda (p. 239).

    The language of this extract is representative of Kaitesi’s monograph, based on her PhD thesis in law at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights. She tackles a highly relevant topic but her style makes the text hard reading, even if her provocative hypothesis is spot on and the book is engaging. ‘Speaking about gender and sexual violence is not an easy task,’ Kaitesi rightly reminds us (p. 238). She suggests that rape as a constitutive element of Rwanda’s genocide was not addressed adequately in the legal, practical, or theoretical realms, thereby reducing the ‘complex reality’ of the genocide. “


  • “International migration and its scientific examination have reached a crossroads. Today, migrants are pursuing opportunities in new destination societies with growing economies and different forms of governance from democratic states—transformations that complicate established understandings about national immigration models and their evolution. In light of these transformations, this article reviews the field of migration studies and its sketching of immigration patterns in the contemporary period. It critically examines existing systems of classification in a way that creates space for revised approaches. In doing so, this article identifies three key limitations with existing approaches. First, existing classifications largely focus on Western states, and especially traditional destination countries. Second, existing classifications are weakened by unclear or poorly defined indicators. Finally, even those classifications with improved indicators are hindered by approaches that examine admission and citizenship/settlement regimes independently of each other, ignoring a possible migration−integration policy nexus. “


  • “Article 1F(c) of the Refugee Convention provides that an individual is to be excluded from the benefits afforded by refugee status if ‘there are serious reasons for considering that … he has been guilty of acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations’. This phrase has proven difficult to interpret, not least because of the differing views on its meaning at the time of drafting, and the lack of another body of law to which article 1F(c) can attach. Accordingly, different states have found that different acts fall within the provision. This assessment is largely carried out on a case-by-case basis and in an unstructured manner. This article explores the acts that have been held to fall within article 1F(c) – primarily human rights violations, terrorism, and attacks on UN personnel – and critiques some of the thorny legal issues to which these acts have given rise. It then offers a framework for assessing whether a particular act falls within article 1F(c). “


  • “In July 2012, the French Court of Cassation held that undocumented immigrants cannot be placed in police custody simply for being in the country illegally. The Court’s judgments were preceded by a flurry of contradictory administrative measures and constitutional decisions. This confusion can be traced back to two landmark decisions handed down by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the cases of El Dridi and Achughbabian, which both dealt with the EU Returns Directive. It is argued here that prohibiting the placement of undocumented aliens in police custody is the result of a unique interplay between French criminal law and European Union law. This relationship between the two systems of law has been placed under strain by the French court’s idiosyncratic interpretation of the CJEU’s decisions. In its interpretation, the Court of Cassation has contributed to the transformation of detention from an extraordinary measure of last resort into an ordinary tool for combating illegal immigration. Based on this argument, this article draws conclusions on the French judicial authorities’ balancing of individual rights and public interests in relation to aliens’ rights. “


  • “This article examines the paradoxes of neoliberalism through two migrant sex workers’ negotiation of the transnational disciplinary regimes of morality, national security, and humanitarianism. We take as our point of departure their active resistance to the label of “victims of sex trafficking.” From a close analysis of their migration journey and their experiences in the United States, we come to understand these women as defiant neoliberal subjects. We argue that global anti-trafficking initiatives as they have taken shape in the twenty-first century are part of neoliberal governance. The women’s sexual labor subjects them to the scrutiny and penalty of the state. Yet they see themselves as self-sufficient, self-responsible, and self-enterprising individuals. We locate these tensions within three paradoxes of neoliberalism: the apparent amorality of neoliberalism and its facilitation of a conservative moral agenda; the depoliticization of social risks and the hyperpoliticization of national security; and the continuous creation and ravaging of vulnerable populations coupled with the celebration of humanitarian/philanthropic responses from governmental and NGO sectors. Juxtaposing these women’s self-making projects with the transnational state apparatus to combat “sex trafficking,” we gain insights into how individual pursuits and state practices intersect at this neoliberal moment—despite their different purposes. “


  • “This article is about the lives of Nigerian sex workers after deportation from Europe, as well as the institutions that intervene in their migration trajectories. In Europe, some of these women’s situations fit the legal definitions of trafficking, and they were categorized as “victims of human trafficking”; others were categorized as undocumented migrants—“criminals” guilty of violating immigration laws. Despite the growing political attention devoted to protecting victims of trafficking, I argue that in areas of Nigeria prone to economic insecurity and gender-based violence, the categories of “victim” and “criminal” collapse into, and begin to resemble, one another once on the ground. The need to identify and distinguish groups of migrants from one another illustrates the dilemmas that have arisen in the wake of increasingly restrictive European immigration policies. Furthermore, the return processes create a hierarchical structure in which the violence women experience in the sex industry in Europe is imagined to be worse than the everyday violence they experience at home. “


  • “The United Nations Human Rights Committee has been praised as one of the most influential human rights bodies in the world; however, its track record for the protection of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons has not yet been comprehensively or systematically examined. Individuals in many parts of the world face severe human rights violations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In many countries, men caught engaging in homosexual conduct can be imprisoned or even sentenced to death, and LGBT people are still subjected to widespread violence and legally sanctioned discrimination on a daily basis. This article critically analyses the work of the Human Rights Committee over a ten-year period to determine what it has done to protect the rights of sexual minorities, and whether there is more it could do to enhance this protection of the LGBT rights. An examination of the Committee’s concluding observations, General Comments and Views in individual communications, reveals that while progress is being made by this body of experts, there is still room for a greater emphasis on the distinct challenges facing LGBT communities for the complete fulfilment of the norms of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. “


  • “This article interrogates a Dutch jeopardy style TV show, Weg van Nederland, featuring young, well-educated asylum seekers about to be deported. The TV program, devised in collaboration with the advocacy group ‘Defense for Children,’ performed the paradoxes resulting from the ‘inclusive exclusion’ of asylum seekers. Yet, its strategy of inscribing the contestants into the space of citizenship by highlighting their ‘rootedness’ through the quiz format also lent support to the exclusivist, essentialist understanding of national belonging that is produced in contemporary Dutch citizenship and integration law. Moreover, the show’s focus on successful, thoroughly integrated and career driven young adults, while pragmatic from the perspective of the show’s (limited) political objectives, also reproduced the preferred template of neoliberal citizenship, which drives the European migration regime and its policy of selective in/exclusion. These contradictions expose the possibilities, as well as the limitations, of humanitarian appeals working within the contemporary media regime, including reality TV, which imposes its own generic terms (and ideological inflections) on the justice claims launched within its public arena.”


  • “Research on the exclusionary nature of citizenship has concentrated on the state as the agent who defines the limits of citizenship, framing it as a legal status. Exclusionary discourses and practices resulting from everyday notions of ‘good citizenship’ have received less attention. A stronger focus on these can contribute to our understanding of the relationship between citizenship and exclusion by highlighting exclusion through citizenship. In other words, it emphasises the ways in which practices and discourses of ‘good citizenship’ simultaneously produce its limits, consisting of practices and discourses which are considered ‘not civic’. In this sense, exclusion happens because of, rather than in spite of, citizenship. The article examines notions of civic deliberation among Peruvian bloggers, arguing that these included clear limits, which, if violated, allowed for exclusion.”


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Chilean Diaspora of London

Chilean Diaspora of London
an ethnography on ‘home’ and home-making

This exhibition presents a mixture of audio/visual objects encountered, generated, and used during the course of ethnographic fieldwork. In dialogue with a written ethnographic account, it provides ways of thinking about diaspora space and home-making as multi-sited, multidimensional and dynamic processes. Photographs, video, sound, and text offer a particular narrative about the lives of the Chilean diaspora in London and their changing terrains of belonging. The entry points are eras, spaces, and instances of everyday life that, for the most part, remain forgotten or hidden from the public eye.

Carolina Ramírez

Goldsmiths, New Academic Building, September 8-10, 2014

Opening on Monday September 8th / 5pm

Sponsored by Methods Lab/ CUCR, Goldsmiths, University of London

Table of Contents Alert: Refugee Survey Quarterly September 1, 2014; Vol. 33, No. 3

Oxford Journals have recently published the latest table of contents alert for the Refugee Survey Quarterly journal.  Further details of the articles included in Volume 33, Number 3, (September 2014), are detailed as follows:


UNHCR International Protection Policies 2000–2013: From Cross-Road to Gaps and Responses
Tom Clark and James C. Simeon
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2014 33: 1-33
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The New Wave: Forced Displacement Caused by Organized Crime in Central America and Mexico
David James Cantor
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2014 33: 34-68
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] OPEN ACCESS

Paradigm Shift or Business as Usual? An Historical Reappraisal of the “Shift” to Securitisation of Refugee Protection
Natasha Saunders
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2014 33: 69-92
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Displacing Equality? Women’s Participation and Humanitarian Aid Effectiveness in Refugee Camps
Elisabeth Olivius
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2014 33: 93-117
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Advocating “Dignity” and “Return” for Lebanon’s Palestinians: Imagining a Diasporic Project
Sergio Bianchi
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2014 33: 118-138
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Integration for who? Getting on in an era of superdiversity with Professor Jenny Phillimore

Each new professor at the University of Birmingham gives a lecture, known as an inaugural, to their peers and students on their area of research. Therefore you are personally invited to join, Jenny Phillimore  Professor of Migration and Superdiversity, at her Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday 17th September 2014 at 5pm – 6pm as it may be of interest to your area of expertise. Further details below:

Title:                 Integration for who? Getting on in an era of superdiversity with Professor Jenny Phillimore

Where:             G15, Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham (R21 on the campus map)
When:              Wednesday 17th September 2014 at 5.30pm – 6.30pm followed by a drinks reception
Contact:           Places are limited so registration is necessary. To reserve your place or for further details visit:

Jenny Phillimore is Professor of Migration and Superdiversity and Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity.  Her research interests include migrant integration, access to welfare in superdiverse areas, the role of migrant and refugee community organisations in migrant adaptation, migrant access and outcomes in higher education and community research.  She has published widely in these topics and also co-written books on qualitative methods.  Her research has been funded by research councils in the UK, government departments, the EU and a wide range of foundations.  She has provided expert advice on migrant integration to local, regional, national and European governments and is currently working on the Knowledge in Integration Governance project which is helping to shape the new Common Basic Principles for migrant integration for the European Commission.

In her inaugural lecture she outlines the enormous changes that have over the past 20 years fuelled the emergence of new migration and associated superdiversity.  She shows how these changes are coupled with renewed calls for migrant integration and trends which have profound implications for new migrant integration including the re-politicisation of migration, rise of the new right, growing use of welfare restrictionalism, and a resurgence of anti-migrant media and public opinion.  While some academics argue that the integration project should be abandoned because it implies acceptance of a set of common values that do not exist she argues that integration is critical if increased diversification is not to further fuel the backlash against migration and multiculturalism.  She argues the key question is not if integration should occur but who integration policy is aimed at.

We look forward to seeing you at Professor Phillimore’s Inaugural Lecture. As places are limited, please book early. If we can be of any assistance, please do get in touch.


Symposium on the Protection of Persons Fleeing Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence

Originally posted on Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law:


On Monday 20 October 2014, the University of Luxembourg will host a symposium, jointly organised with the UNHCR, on the protection of person fleeing situations of armed violence.  The event will consider the issue of assessing claims for international protection for persons fleeing armed conflict or other situations of violence: using Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Geneva Convention or Article 15 of the EU Qualification Directive? Particular attention will be paid to the new UNHCR guidelines on the subject.

Participants will include Pascale Moreau (UNHCR), Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston (CJEU), Judge Lars Bay Larsson (ECJ), Judge Ledi Bianku (ECHR), Alice Edwards (UNHCR), Prof. James Sweeney (Lancaster University), Blanche Tax (UNHCR), Serge Bodart (ULB), Prof. Matthew Happold (University of Luxembourg), and Philippa Candler (UNHCR).

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May the Crowd Be With You

Originally posted on iRevolution:

Three years ago, 167 digital volunteers and I combed through satellite imagery of Somalia to support the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on this joint project. The purpose of this digital humanitarian effort was to identify how many Somalis had been displaced (easily 200,000) due to fighting and violence. Earlier this year, 239 passengers and crew went missing when Malaysia Flight 370 suddenly disappeared. In response, some 8 million digital volunteers mobilized as part of the digital search & rescue effort that followed.

May the Crowd be With You

So in the first case, 168 volunteers were looking for 200,000+ people displaced by violence and in the second case, some 8,000,000 volunteers were looking for 239 missing souls. Last year, in response to Typhoon Haiyan, digital volunteers spent 200 hours or so tagging social media content in support of the UN’s rapid disaster damage assessment efforts. According to responders at the time, some 11 million people in the Philippines were…

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Nauru detention centre: Labor, Greens demand investigation into claims of sexual abuse against women and children

Originally posted on Hazara Asylum Seekers:

September 30, 2014

PHOTO: Asylum seekers on Nauru demonstrate against the Australian Government's immigration policies.(Refugee Rights Action Network: Victoria Martin-Iverson)

Labor and the Greens are demanding an investigation into claims of sexual abuse against women and children inside the Nauru detention centre.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said women inside the centre were regularly required to strip and exchange sexual favours with guards so they could have access to the showers.

She said there were also allegations children had been forced to have sex in front of guards at the centre.

“The culture inside the Nauru detention camp is toxic,” she said.

“It’s dangerous for children and coupled with all of that, we’ve seen over the last few days – young people and children – now not only witnessing self-harm and suicide attempts, but participating in that themselves.”

Senator Hanson-Young said asylum seekers had raised the allegations with case workers inside the centre, while she had raised the issues directly with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison last weekand…

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Opening Hours for the Refugee Council Archive at the University of East London

This post provides details of the Archive opening hours for the Library and Learning Service: Archives at the University of East London.  The Refugee Archive and the British Olympic Association Archive are currently located on our Docklands Campus Library whilst the Hackney Empire Archive is currently located in our Stratford Campus Library.

The opening hours for both Docklands and Stratford Archives are as follows:

Docklands Archive                                Stratford Archive

Mondays:  1pm – 6pm*                               By Prior Appointment Only

Tuesdays:  1pm – 6pm*

Wednesdays:  1pm – 6pm*

Thursdays:  1pm – 6pm*

Fridays: 1pm – 6pm*

Sat/Sun:  Both Archives Closed

* Morning appointments between 10am and 12pm are available by prior appointment.  The Archive will be closed between 12pm and 1pm for lunch.

We would recommend that, especially for external users, that you contact us in advance of your trip in order to make an appointment to use the Archives.  This enables us to ensure that a member of staff will be on hand to assist you.

To make an appointment, please click on the link to our Make an Appointment page on our new UEL Archives Portal website..

Further information can also be found on all of our archival collections by contacting the Archivist, Paul Dudman, on 020 8223 7676 or by emailing: