TV Documentary on ITV (UK) Tonight: “Exposure: Islam’s Non-Believers”

TV Documentary Tonight: Exposure: Islam’s Non-Believers
Today 10:40pm – 11:40pm ITV, (United Kingdom)

Details of a documentary scheduled to air on the ITV Channel in the UK by the award-winning film-maker Deeyah Khan.  The documentary, entitled “Exposure: Islam’s Non-Believers” investigates the experiences of ex-Muslims, some of who have faced extreme discrimination, ostracism, psychological abuse and even violence as a result of renouncing their faith. In Britain, many are forced to lead double lives to hide their true beliefs, while others have been attacked by their families, resorted to self-harm or even taken their own lives.

Details from ITV:

Current affairs series. In this documentary, award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan investigates the lives of people who have left Islam as they face discrimination, ostracism, psychological abuse and even violence in the UK and around the world. In Britain, many ex-Muslims are forced to lead double lives and hide their true beliefs because of the stigma they face in their own communities. Deeyah speaks to former Muslims at risk of suicide, self-harm and abuse from their closest family members and reveals how some senior Bangladeshi British imams – mainstream figures in society – have called for the execution of atheist bloggers in Bangladesh.



Sahrawi Asylum Seeker’s Detention Upheld

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R (ML (Morocco)) v SSHD [2016] EWHC 2177 (Admin) (31 August 2016)

The Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons 1954 expresses quite “profound concern” for stateless persons not protected by the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 and the UN calls for the “widest possible” protection of such persons’ fundamental rights and freedoms. Last year it was held in the case of Pham[2015] UKSC 19 that “stateless” in section 40(4) of the British Nationality Act 1981 has the same meaning as article 1(1) of the 1954 Convention. That was a memorable case but this one, which is from the troubled Maghreb region, also involves interesting facts. Ethnically the claimant was Sahrawi. ML begrudgingly said that he hated Morocco and told its authorities that he was Algerian. He suffered from a mental health disorder and offended serially amassing 14 convictions for 17 offences. His convictions…

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‘Integration’ Calls for a Broad Evaluative Judgment

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Secretary of State for the Home Department v Kamara [2016] EWCA Civ 813 (11 August 2016)

It is nearly impossible to find an immigration judgment at the Court of Appeal level that does not mention any case law at all. The case of Alusine Kamara, a Sierra Leonean resident in the UK since he was a child, was one where Sales LJ dismissed the home secretary’s appeal against the decision of the Upper Tribunal which had allowed Kamara’s appeal on the basis that he was fully integrated into the UK and his deportation as a foreign criminal would interfere with his right to respect for his private life under article 8 of the ECHR. In 1993, Kamara arrived in the UK as a child with his sister. Both of them were under 10 and joined his adult half-sister resident in the UK with indefinite leave to remain and they lived…

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The Descent of Burundi – The Beginning of the Second Great Lakes Crisis?

The Urbanisation of Displacement

The displacement crisis in Burundi has been escalating apace since 2015, ignited by the re-election for a third consecutive term of President Nkurinziza. The resulting violence from this re-election has led to the deaths of numerous Burundian citizens and displacement on a massive scale to the neighbouring countries of Rwanda, Uganda and especially Tanzania, which is now hosting a population of just under 200,000 refugees in the Western part of the country, 133,000 of which are Burundian citizens. UNHCR is reporting multiple counts of rape of both men and women, and death by machete eerily reminiscent of the Rwandan genocide, and reports of increased violence by the group Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling party. Arrests, disappearances and beatings continue unabated and it appears there is no peace in sight for the foreseeable future.

The scale of the Burundian crisis has been met with very little media attention outside…

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Narratives of Displacement International Conference Sept 23-24

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Narratives of Displacement
International Conference

23-24 September 2016 – Warsaw, Poland

Organized by the Interdisciplinary Research Foundation and Institute of Humanities, Szymon Szymonowic State School of Higher Education, Zamość, Poland

Keynote speaker: Prof. Wojciech Nowicki, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (Poland)

This conference seeks to explore the narratives of displacement and to demonstrate the validity of a cross-disciplinary approach which brings together the historical, cultural, social and literary expertise in the handling of text. The conference will particularly focus on time and space representations and on treatment of the theme of cultural ambivalence and identity conflict. The subject of displacement will be regarded as both a migration, voluntary or forced, and a sense of being socially or culturally “out of place”.

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Rumours and lies: ‘The refugee crisis is an information crisis’

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Published: August 18 2016
Renate van der Zee, The Guardian

You need to puncture your raft before you arrive, or they’ll send you back.” “If you apply for the relocation programme, they send you to Venezuela.” “In Europe you won’t need money, everything is free.”

These are just three of the many confusing rumours that migrants and refugees might hear. Some of them are downright dangerous, like the one about the raft. Others cause people to make the wrong decisions or take risks.

In response, the Mediterranean Rumour Tracker project has been launched to better inform migrants of the facts. Fieldworkers who speak Arabic or Farsi engage with people in the Greek camps, collect the rumours that are circulating, and then verify or dispel them. This information is posted on a dedicated website and corresponding Facebook pages in English, Arabic, Farsi and Greek.

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‘We are living in darkness’: The heartbreaking suffering of refugees stranded in Greece

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It was almost a year ago that the tragic image of the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, a Kurdish Syrian refugee who drowned while attempting to cross the Aegean Sea with his family, brought global attention to the refugee crisis. Twelve months on, what is the situation like for the thousands still desperate to reach safety? Amy Merone, from Christian Aid, reports from Greece where some 57,000 refugees are currently stuck as a result of closed borders and political inaction.

When Ruhia sits down to share her story, she does so clutching a red wallet. As she talks she sobs, grief-stricken, and opens it, removing two small photographs of a boy and a girl. They were her children, killed by the Taliban. Ruhia lifts the hem of her dress to reveal scars across her feet: wounds suffered when they attempted to cut her down as she fled.

She recounts the…

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New CMS Report: Surge in Immigration in 2014 and 2015? The Evidence Remains Illusory

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Robert Warren of the Centre for Migration Studies has released new evidence refuting the findings of a June 2016 report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) ‘New Data: Immigration Surged in 2014 and 2015‘, which purported a surge in undocumented immigrants to the United States. After a close inspection of the CIS report, Warren has concluded the following key findings:

  • The reported increases in arrivals and foreign-born population growth in 2014 and 2015 are well within the bounds of normal annual fluctuations observed in Census Bureau survey data over the past 15 years.
  • Any increases were the result of: (1) an increase in temporary admissions, mostly students and temporary workers and their families; and, (2) the arrival of immigrants (overwhelmingly those with legal status) who resided here in previous years, left for some period, and returned.[1] The movement of the latter group, referred to here as…

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First U.S. Climate Refugees Fear Rising Seas Will Drown Their Heritage

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RISING SEAS DUE to climate change are forcing the relocation of Native American coastal communities from Louisiana to Alaska, and tribal leaders say they are worried that their traditional lifestyles may not survive resettlement.

Last week, residents of Shishmaref, an Iñupiaq village in Alaska, voted to leave their disappearing island and relocate to the mainland. But it was a close vote, and many residents are opposed to leaving.

Eroding village dispute

“I don’t wish to move away from this island. It’s been our home since my grandparents and other ancestors lived here,” Shishmaref city council president Johnson Eningowuk told News Deeply before the vote took place. “We always hunted from the ocean – our lifestyle is going to have to change if we move to the mainland,” he said.

Yet Shishmaref is eroding into the Chukchi Sea, a change Eningowuk blames on rising sea levels and the melting of sea ice that had…

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Refugee Journalism Project: Putting Displaced Voices on the Front Page

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IN HIS NATIVE Afghanistan, Aziz Rahman had a thriving career as a journalist. An experienced, well-known and popular part of the crew at Afghan Live TV, he had also worked with an international children’s charity. As a reporter, his success on the job stemmed from deep knowledge of his country, friends and family, and a strong network of politicians, businesspeople, experts and editors.


But that was then. Reporting in Afghanistan can be lethal, and journalists are soft targets for armed groups or offended business interests. Rahman received death threats on more than one occasion and was arrested and released by the Taliban during one reporting trip.

In 2013, Rahman had seen enough and reluctantly left Afghanistan. He was able to go to Britain, as his wife had already secured refugee status and could act as his sponsor.

His life was no longer in danger, but his career was.

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Despite Cash Aid, Congolese Refugees in U.N. Camp Still Go Hungry

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THIS IS THE second part of a two-part story on hunger in Gihembe camp over the last six years. In the first story, Emily Lynch describes the refugees’ complaints about insufficient, unhygienic food rations. In the second story, Lynch describes the U.N.’s recent initiative to replace food rations with cash aid.

GIHEMBE CAMP, Rwanda – Hunger has become a routine and painful experience for the Congolese refugees living in Rwanda’s Gihembe refugee camp since 1997. The unintended long-term residents have been appealing for more and better quality food for nearly two decades.

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Call for Papers: “External and Internal Displacement: Impacts and Lessons Learned from Resettlement Processes”

Special Sessions – Winter 2016

New Pressures on Cities and Regions

Managing change in your local economy: have your views heard

Session organiser(s)

Andrew Beer, University of South Australia Business School

This meeting is part of an international research study looking at the ways in which key individuals and businesses at the local or regional level are involved in managing the processes of change in the economy.   Regions such as northern Adelaide are undergoing a substantial shift, with more change expected as production at Holden ends in 2017. This change will have knock on effects for other businesses, the community sector, the labour market and probably consumer confidence.  So what do business and community leaders do in response to these challenges?  How involved are you in driving this process of change, and what would you do if you had the capacity to reshape the economy?

This meeting covers these sorts of questions and looks at two scenarios: what happens when a large new business announces that it wants to enter your region, and what happens when they announce their closure.   We will discuss both possibilities, with the results written down and then included in the research.

The other nations participating in this study are Finland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and the USA.  Our results will be compared with the outcomes from these places.  Once the project is finished, the results will be available on the web, or we can send them to you in hard copy or via email.

Submission guidelines

For more information: call Andrew Beer on 0409 696 485 or contact him on email on

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Interpreting long-term urban economic transformation in cities

Session organiser(s)

Ron Martin, University of Cambridge

More information to follow.

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The Political Economy of Brexit

Session organiser(s)

David Bailey, Aston Business School and Leslie Budd, The Open University Business School

More information to follow.

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External and Internal Displacement: Impacts and Lessons Learned from Resettlement Processes

Session organiser(s)

Dr. Yehya Serag, associate professor of urban and regional planning (Ain Shams University- Cairo) and Dr. Abeer Elshater, associate professor of urban design (Ain Shams University – Cairo)

This spatial session aims to provide a review of the resettlement processes and programs on the mass displacement of people throughout the contemporary era. Worldwide, this review can give a solid ground for further innovations for this kind of crises in terms of a better life for all; the hosted and comer. The primary focus is on both displaced people whether they are internally displaced persons (IDPs) or externally displaced persons (refugees) and their impacts on the host territory of displacement. The internally displaced persons, on one hand, have not crossed an international boundary, but have, for whatever reason, fled their homes, causing internal demographic flows. On the other hand, different nations witnessed (and are witnessing) several flows of refugees. Both types of flows have their impacts on the host communities that they end up settling, affecting, for example, their socio-economic aspects, their built environment and reshaping of Human settlements, to mention a few.

Most refugees (58%) now live in cities, not in refugee camps. In cities, refugees face hard conditions and often have their basic rights denied. It is extremely challenging to support refugees in urban settings. As such, one of the aims of this session is to attempt to give a precise morphological analysis and define the process and scenarios of settled accommodation in the host communities. In most resettlement cases, several interventions are made by the host countries as well as International organizations, to provide direct aid for the displaced persons, but of course, such interventions might have their positive and negative impacts of the host communities.

This session aims to start a process of knowledge sharing on how the crises of displacement was and is dealt with, by the host communities and what are the impacts, benefits, and disadvantages of the resettlement processes. Our aim is to invite speakers from Europe and the Middle East to share their experiences and studies on the resettlement process, from its different aspects. This should be done while, taking into consideration that Europe is currently witnessing a flux of refugees as a result of the Syrian unrest. Simultaneously, some Middle Eastern countries (mainly Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon) witnessed and are witnessing several flows of both types of displaced people as a result of regional wars, domestic unrest, and large-scale development projects. Meeting resettlement demands have been dealt with previously in several cases in these countries, thus having a proper experience for dealing with such demands.

The intended outcomes of this session are to collect contributions in various fields such as urban planning and housing approaches and practice, heterodox concepts highlighting local and social economies indicators, strategies of displacement, and others to enhance our knowledge in the following topical areas (and possibly others):

The socio-economic pressures that face the host countries to participate in the resettlements of refugees, and IDPs in their territories.
The socio-economic impacts of the displaced people in the host communities and human settlements.
The physical impact of the resettlement on the built environment and housing sector.
The impact of resettlement on the services sector in the host communities.
The assessment of what the gender-related impacts of resettlement have been.
The role of international aid organizations in the resettlement initiatives
Types of internal displacement, their causes, and their impacts.

Submission guidelines

We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers to this theme. If you are interested in participating in this special session, please send a title and abstract (between 400 and 500 words) to:

Dr. Yehya Serag, associate professor of urban and regional planning (Ain Shams University- Cairo):

Dr. Abeer Elshater, associate professor of urban design  (Ain Shams University-Cairo):


Interview with Tim Finch: Why Britain Chose to Partially Privatize Refugee Resettlement

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YOU COULD BE forgiven for missing the British government’s recent announcement of the “full community sponsorship scheme.” It was not accompanied by much media fanfare. The coverage it did receive tended to focus on the hosting of a Syrian refugee family by the Archbishop of Canterbury at his Lambeth Palace residence.

In reality, the acceptance of private sponsorship of refugees marked the success of a committed campaign to persuade the British government to follow Canada’s lead and allow private groups to shoulder most of the costs and responsibility for resettling refugees.

Tim Finch, who helped set up the National Refugee Welcome Board, was among the leads in making this happen. The former head of research at the Institute for Public Policy Research, a think tank, persuaded the new refugees welcome board to make the push forprivate sponsorship central to the mission.

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Hockey, Baseball, Refugees: An interactive tour of five camps in Greece

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Some 57,000 refugees are living in Greece, and most of them aren’t happy about it. They were fleeing wars in Syria and elsewhere, on their way to other European countries. The border closed in March, and they were stranded. The majority now live in more than 40 camps scattered around Greece. And these are not people used to living like this. A young mom named Ida who’s from Aleppo—once a city of more than two million—now finds herself living in a tent at an old air force base. “I didn’t really know what a tent was,” she said.

The camps are in a crazy variety of places: an abandoned beach resort, an Olympic baseball stadium, a highway rest stop, the grounds of an old psychiatric hospital. A team from This American Life went to see how people are adapting to this new life they do not want. We also sent…

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Reference by Supreme Court to CJEU: Does Enhanced Protection Depend on Permanent Residence?

United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog

Secretary of State for the Home Department v Franco Vomero (Italy) [2016] UKSC 49 (27 July 2016)

In analysing the future role of the courts in the post-Brexit legal landscape, Christina Lienen predicts a rise in EU law cases because of “people’s anxieties about their legal status and rights.” Noting that a number of complex EU law cases are pending before the Supreme Court, she concludes “that we will be in for a treat once the article 50 trigger is pulled.” Though a longstanding pre-Brexit matter, the case of Franco Vomero (FV) is one where the Supreme Court referred a series of questions about the interplay between of article 16 and article 28 of the Citizens’ Directive or 2004/38/EC. Almost four years ago, the Court of Appeal (Pill, Aikens and Rafferty LJJ, [2012] EWCA Civ 1199) held that a four-year period of imprisonment for manslaughter did not affect…

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Call for articles on Resettlement: Forced Migration Review

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Forced Migration Review issue 54 – to be published in February 2017 – will include a major feature on Resettlement.

Deadline for submission of articles: Monday 10th October 2016


Resettlement is one of the three ‘traditional’ durable solutions for refugees. It involves the selection and transfer of refugees from a state in which they have sought protection to a third state which has agreed to admit them, as refugees and traditionally with permanent residence status. As such, resettlement is a tool for refugee protection, designed to meet specific needs of refugees whose life, liberty, safety, health or other fundamental rights are at risk in the country where they have sought asylum. Ironically, it involves the further displacement of the refugees.

Although fewer than one per cent of refugees globally are resettled, resettlement can constitute an expression of international solidarity and a commitment to sharing the responsibility of refugee protection…

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Call for papers on mobility, gender and family relations for flagship report

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UN Women has issued a call for papers on how human mobility and the distancing of family members across places and borders shape gender and generational dynamics within families, for its flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women (Progress) ( ). The deadline for receiving proposals is 29 July, 5 p.m.EDT (UTC–4).

The next edition of Progress, themed “Families in a Changing World,” will look at how laws, policies and public action can support families in ways that enable women’s rights to resources, bodily integrity and voice. To understand how gender and generational relations within families are (re)defined and (re)negotiated in response to broader economic, social and political shifts, the report will include a chapter on families in the context of migration and mobility, including refugee flows and asylum-seekers.

UN Women is seeking regionally diverse, empirically grounded and innovative research on human mobility, gender and family relations to inform…

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Caught in a Flow of Water

Child Migrant Stories

IMG_7802 Eylem outside her cafe Brew for Two in Hackney

My name is Eylem Binboga. I was born in 1976 in Kayseri in the middle of Turkey. I have one older sister, a younger brother, and my mum and dad. We lived in a small house which used to belong to the Armenians. Once my grandmother died, we moved into my granddad’s farm outside the village Kumarli Köyü. I loved the farm.

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I was out as soon as the sun rose and came home when it was dark. A person living in Germany had a summerhouse with lots of cherry trees. I used to steal a lot from that. Cherries stain not just your mouth, your teeth but also your clothes and hands. They knew you’d been stealing cherries [laughs].

And I loved sunflower seeds but sunflowers grow quite tall. So we had to break them and check if…

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Annual Conference on European Asylum Law 2016: Trier, Germany

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The Academy of European Law based in Trier (ERA), Germany  will be organising the following conference which might be interesting for you and your colleagues as it provides you with an update on the reform of the Common European Asylum System and on the situation on the ground. It will give you the opportunity to exchange with high-level experts on key legal issues brought to the fore by the refugee crisis.

Annual Conference on European Asylum Law 2016

Trier, 20-21 October 2016

Key topics:

–    The reform of the Common European Asylum System: state of play
–    Responsibility-sharing mechanisms: Dublin III v. Dublin IV, relocation and resettlement
–    Hotspots in practice: what is their role and does it work?
–    The EU-Turkey agreement: first lessons
–    Labelling countries as safe: a comparative analysis
–    The challenges of mass claims in asylum procedures and the…

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Safe to Return: Asylum and Unlawful Exit from Iran

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SSH and HR (illegal exit: failed asylum seeker) (CG) [2016] UKUT 308 (IAC) (29 June 2016)

With former home secretary Theresa May at the helm as prime minister, these days the British are preoccupied with hammering out a good Brexit deal with Europe. This intriguing case involved exiting Iran by illegal means. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a moment of huge disempowerment for secular Sunni Arabs. As the Chilcot Report has confirmed, military action was premature if not entirely misconceived and unjustified. Diplomatic options, which remained underutilised, were a far superior way of dealing with Saddam Hussein. Apart from successes for the historically betrayed Kurds who finally have some autonomy, a resurgent Iran has greatly benefitted from the lawlessness prevalent in the new Iraq and these days the leader of the Iranian army’s elite Quds force – which specialises in clandestine operations and foreign wars –

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No Section 83 Right of Appeal for Asylum Decision

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MS (Uganda) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 33 (22 June 2016)

This case is somewhat academic because it relates to the construction of section 83 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002. The provision laid down an additional right of appeal specific to asylum claims and has been repealed by section 15(3) of the Immigration Act 2014 by a broader right of appeal but remains applicable to a limited class of persons such as MS. The appeal went to the Supreme Court against the decision of Elias, Lewison and Floyd LJJ, [2014] 1 WLR 2766, who dismissed MS’s appeal. Lord Neuberger (President), Lady Hale (Deputy President), Lord Wilson, Lord Hughes and Lord Toulson came to the same conclusion but for different reasons. MS was granted leave as a student in 2010 until April 2012 but before its expiry he claimed asylum on…

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One Year Photographing the Lives of Migrants

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16CastroGarcia1-1200 Madia, a twenty-eight-year-old from Senegal, wears a mesh veil in tribute to a friend who was killed in Libya. Sicily, Italy, November, 2015. PHOTOGRAPH © JOHN RADCLIFFE STUDIO 2016

By Max Campbell, JUNE 25, 2016

In early 2015, after hundreds of migrants died when their boats capsized off the coast of Libya, the photographer Daniel Castro Garcia and the designer Tom Saxby decided to travel from their homes in London to Lampedusa, the island at the southernmost point of Italy that acts as an entry point for migrants arriving from Africa. Their trip was a reaction against the types of coverage of the crisis they were seeing in the news at the time: “We read articles in major national newspapers that used words like ‘cockroaches’ and ‘swarms’ to describe those that attempt this journey from North Africa to Europe,” Garcia, who collaborates with Saxby under the name John Radcliffe…

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Jamiya VocApp: (Empower) Hacking Refugee Language Learning in Amsterdam

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As well as our core project of working with university to provide online accredited courses in Arabic, Jamiya also has a number of smaller side projects. We spent last weekend in Amsterdam working with great Empower Hack team (thanks Han and Kimi!) for a hackathon on technical language learning support for refugees at European universities. Although there was some heavy lifting done in explaining concepts, directing the work and providing — and at times it felt like chaos — it was definitely worth it: we ended up with a great prototype interface to start testing.

The problem: gaining academic and technical language fluency

The influx of young Syrians to Europe over the last 18 months means potentially thousands will be starting university in Europe in a second language, such as English or German. Prior to the civil war, 25% of Syrians went onto further training or higher education.

Although some will…

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What does a University in Exile look like in the 21st century?

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The driving concept behind much of ’s work is reconnecting displaced communities and networks. 70 years ago during World War II (and a comparable time of human displacement), the University in Exile and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales were established in the New School in New York. But what should a University in Exile look like in the 21st century?

Networks, whether they are business, social or education, do not disappear during conflict and displacement. They are disrupted: the institutional support or infrastructure on which the network relied upon is destroyed or dismantled during war. But they exist before, during and after war.

At Jamiya we’re asking:

  • how to make these networks more resilient before war;
  • how to reconnect them during displacement by conflict; and
  • how they can be re-established and contribute to reconstruction after conflict.

And we’re focussing on higher education networks.

During World War II…

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Let’s Avoid Politicizing the Genocide Against Yazidis

Justice in Conflict

yazidi-refugees Yazidi refugees present United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Special Envoy Angelina Jolie with a banner as she arrived at a refugee camp in southern Turkey (Photo: Umit Bektas / Reuters)

There is no doubt that genocidal acts have been perpetrated against the Yazidi people by the Islamic State (ISIS). A recent report by United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria has given credence to political declarations in the United States, European Union, United Kingdom, and elsewhere that ISIS is waging a campaign to exterminate the Yazidis. ISIS’s particular brand of violent and radical Islam is unambivalent in its zeal to destroy groups that stand in its way of building an Islamic caliphate. Not only has ISIS committed unspeakable atrocities against Yazidi people, but it has clearly articulated its intent to exterminate them. But not every way of recognizing a genocide is equally appropriate. Over the last week, Canada witnessed…

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Sweden: Migrant Children Face Barriers

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Unaccompanied migrant children in Sweden are experiencing delays and difficulties in getting critical care and support, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Sweden has had an unprecedented increase in the arrival of unaccompanied children, but it should do more to ensure that all unaccompanied children get special protection, including swift processing of their asylum claims.

The 32-page report, “Seeking Refuge: Unaccompanied Children in Sweden,” documents shortcomings in the system that prevent children from receiving the care guaranteed by international standards and Swedish law. Children endure long delays in the appointment of legal guardians to safeguard the child’s best interests and wait months before meeting with a social worker or healthcare provider. In some cases, the specific needs of girls are not sufficiently identified or addressed. Amid a backlog of cases, unaccompanied children face lengthy waits in processing their asylum applications.

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The Quiet Crisis Of Europe’s Pregnant Refugees

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`}ýf¶V֐ 9¤|$;wùŠÇÖ}þžïZwY¦Ïø?æý?úh-þ‰Tq´Ds¼ÿ SKALA SIKAMINIAS, GREECE – OCTOBER 02: A man carries his pregnant wife as he arrived with other refugees on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on an inflatable boat on October 2, 2015 near village of Skala Sikaminias, Greece. Despite bad weather due to the upcoming Autumn, migrants and refugees are risking their lives in search of a better one in the European Union. Officals have warned that a rise in migrant deaths is expected as weather conditions gradually worsen. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Around one in 10 refugees traveling through Europe is pregnant. Better coordinated approaches from states and NGOs are urgently needed to keep women and their newborn babies safe and well.

Tehmina was traveling through Greece from Syria when she went into labor. However, the first-time mother was determined to continue her journey and have her baby…

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Divided cities/Unequal Spaces: South Africa’s apartheid legacy photographed by drone

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3728 Sandton/Alexandra, Johannesburg

Johnny Miller used a drone to take aerial photographs of the gulf in living conditions for the poor and the wealthy in South Africa. ‘During apartheid, segregation of urban spaces was instituted as policy,’ he says. ‘Roads, rivers, buffer zones of empty land and other barriers were constructed to keep people separate. Twenty two years after the fall of apartheid many of these barriers, and the inequalities they have engendered, still exist. Often, communities of extreme wealth and privilege will exist just metres from shacks’

3568 Hout Bay/Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town All photographs: Johnny Miller/Millefoto/Rex/Shutterstock

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Out in School: Gender, Sexuality and Fundamentalism

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A Feminist Dissent Event

When: Friday, 1 July 2016 from 12:00 to 16:00 (BST) 

Where: Institute of Advanced Study, Milburn House, University of Warwick – View Map

This Workshop brings together researchers, teachers, community members, activists and policy practitioners to provoke an in-depth discussion on the question of sexuality (including sexual orientation) and fundamentalist religious beliefs and practices within schools. What kinds of conflicts arise in the interface of individual and communal religious beliefs and sexual and reproductive choice? What kinds of specific challenges do children who identify themselves as bisexual, gay, lesbian or trans come up against in terms of dealing with religious orthodoxies within schools, communities and families? How can educators, policy practitioners and feminists create space for such discussions to be “out”, and what kinds of practices and policies are best suited to ensure the well-being of children and the values of secularism, liberty and human rights?…

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Feminist Library Summer Benefit

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When: Saturday, 2 July 2016 from 14:00 to 22:00 (BST)

Where: Feminist Library – 5 Westminster Bridge Rd, London, SE1 7XW – View Map

The Feminist Library is fighting back against its recent eviction threat by organising a Summer Benefit on Saturday 2 July to help raise funds for new premises.

Experience the Feminist Library anew as artists, writers and musicians perform new and old works in spaces, nooks and crannies of the library, including a choral installation, one-to-one performances in a lift, the spectacular launch of the Feminist Library Survival Song and award winning novelist Ali Smith In Conversation. Playing us out will be Ana da Silva and Gina Birch of the legendary Raincoats!

Plus stalls, zines, signed copies of books, food, drink, dancing and a photobooth performance. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Tickets are available on eventbrite  at different price as it suits you…

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Workshop: Being Outside Afghanistan: Everyday Experiences of Social Becoming, Self‐Construction and Resource Mobilisation among Afghans Abroad

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Being Outside Afghanistan: Everyday Experiences of Social Becoming, Self‐Construction and Resource Mobilisation among Afghans Abroad

An interdisciplinary workshop

St John’s College, University of Oxford

28-29 July 2016

We are pleased to announce a two-day international workshop on what migration and belonging mean to Afghans in diverse transitory and destination settings across the globe including Europe, North America, the Eastern Mediterranean and Iran. The workshop is unique in bringing together historical research on Afghan migration together with analyses of contemporary trends such as the recent ‘migration crisis’. The workshop focuses on processes of social becoming, self‐construction and resource mobilisation in contexts of exile and prolonged displacement. We welcome participation from academic and non-academic audiences.

Funded by the University of Oxford John Fell Fund and St. John’s College Research Centre.

Convened by Zuzanna Olszewska (University of Oxford), Esra Kaytaz (Coventry University), and Carolin Fischer (University of Neuchâtel).

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Commemoration Meeting on 22nd Anniversary of Shahid Janani Jahanara Imam

Community Women's Blog

By Ansar Ahmed Ullah

Today is the 22nd death anniversary of Jahanara Imam, a legendary Bengali feminist and the mother and a wife of founder martyrs, who fought and died for the independence of Bangladesh nation-state in 1971.  On the occasion of her anniversary, the Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee in London has organised a discussion at Iftar time to be held at Shaad restaurant, 13 Brick Lane. London E1 6PU.

 Jahanara Imam courtesy: Nirmul Committee. UK, 20 June 2016 Jahanara Imam courtesy: Nirmul Committee. UK, 20 June 2016

The committee invites everybody to the Discussion and Iftar in memory of our founder Martyrs Mother Shahid Janani Jahanara Imam to be held at 8.00pm today. The cost of iftar will be covered by attendees’ donation. We would like to request everyone to contribute ((ideally £10 per person) towards the cost of Iftar . We hope that you will join us to make the discussion useful and successful.


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Underground Care: Syrian doctors quietly fill a treatment void in Turkey

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0701syria02 Doctors treat an injured civilian in a field hospital after shelling by forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, on November 19, 2015. The area controlled by rebels fighting to topple al-Assad has been shelled continuously and the injured are taken to basements and shelters transformed into field hospitals run by medical staff who have stayed in the battered city. BASSAM KHABIEH/REUTERS

BY ZIA WEISEON 6/19/16 AT 8:00 AM

Four months after Dr. Rami opened the doors of his illegal medical clinic in Istanbul, he has yet to find enough doctors to staff it. An Arabic-language poster at the entrance says the clinic provides pediatric care, dentistry and a pregnancy unit. He still hasn’t crossed out that last service, despite the fact that his Syrian gynecologist and obstetrician both left Turkey just after the clinic opened in February—traveling across the Aegean Sea to Greece, and then on to…

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Project Highlight: Jamiya Project – Delivering Higher Education to Syrian Refugees

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Jamiya Project: Delivering Higher Education to Syrian Refugees  


Conservative estimates suggest that there are around 100,000 Syrian refugees in the Middle East who cannot access higher education. Due to financial, social, linguistic and other barriers, an entire generation of Syrians are at risk of being denied the opportunity to fulfil their education potential. This situation is not only creating a ‘lost generation’ of young educated Syrians, but it is also making the eventual task of rebuilding the country much harder, and potentially heightening the risk of prolonged instability. Displacement on a scale such as that resulting from the Syrian conflict disturbs the networks and institutions that would have previously provided university education for the whole country. But what if those displaced communities could use technology to restart university education by re-establishing and re-connecting these networks?

The Jamiya Project aims to address this challenge by bringing together Syrian academics, European…

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Call for Abstracts (15 Aug): Refugee Research Methodologies Workshop, Turkey

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Call for Abstracts

“The People on the Move Working Group” in Turkey, composed of independent academics, and with the support of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute Turkey Program, is inviting researchers, academics, and doctoral students to Istanbul on 7-8 October to attend a Refugee Research Methodologies Workshop.

Full details are available here:

Some of the travel and accommodation expenses of the participants will be covered by the RWI Istanbul Office.

Deadline for proposals: 15 August 2016

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Syria’s Romani refugees find sanctuary in Tarlabaşı, Istanbul: but for how long?

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3264 Many Syrian Romani children from the Dom community don’t get an education. Photograph: Elena Senao Baños

David Cox

On the north-western corner of Istanbul’s famous Taksim Square, a small gang of children dart through the traffic, tapping on car windows and trying to catch the attention of passers-by to sell bottles of water. These Syrian Gypsy children from a community known as the Dom are in many ways the forgotten faces of the Middle East crisis, which has left an estimated 26,000 refugee children homeless across Europe.

The Dom speak a separate language which traces back to the Indian subcontinent; even in times of peace they have always existed on the fringes of society, and are used to facing almost universal discrimination.

Before war broke out, there were up to 300,000 Dom living in Syria. Now many live on the streets of Istanbul’s ghettos, part of the approximately 366,000 Syrian…

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A Polgleish speaking cockney -Tomasz Wlodaraczyk

Child Migrant Stories

I was born in 1968 in Lodz, a Polish equivalent of 19th century, industrial Manchester. The old town is pleasing, secessionist architecture.


Lodz Poland c.1970

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The suburbs are communist brutalism.

lodz-polska Communist era apartment blocks in Lodz, 1967

Mother left when I was about seven or eight. I was quite young so I could move to different family members. They were given a 12-month sentence as I might not have been the best-behaved little boy.

My great grandmother was absolutely lovely. She was truly ancient, 90 something and had a lovely house just outside the city so it was gorgeous countryside. I had a good time there.

b293ada1cc8faef79ed9f0dc905b7c68 Countryside near Lodz

I lived with my father for a year or so because they were still together when my mother came here. They divorced when I was probably ten or something. He was a nice enough chap but liked the…

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How asylum seekers could help ease Finland’s tech skills shortage

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608 Iraqi Eyas Taha, left, is one of five recent graduates of the developer programme for asylum seekers. Photograph: Jussi Rekiaro

Pioneering programme is teaching refugees coding so they can become developers and is helping them integrate in society

Jon Henley

Problem one: Finland’s otherwise flourishing startup scene has a chronic shortage of developers.

Problem two: the 32,000-plus asylum seekers who arrived in the Nordic country last year – many young, highly educated and computer literate – face waiting for years before they land a job.

“Essentially, we just thought: there is a way to at least start addressing these issues,” said Niklas Lahti, the chief executive of Helsinki-based web services company Nord Software. “We can teach refugees coding so they can become software engineers.”

This month the first three graduates of Integrify, the developer programme for asylum seekers that Lahti and his friend Daniel Rahman, boss of recruitment company TalentConnect…

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Join the discussion on prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes

SGBC ICC FORUM blog image A centre where women share experiences and weave baskets for income helped this 11-year-old girl in the Congolese town of Bunyakiri to start putting her rape ordeal behind her.  Photograph: Morgana Wingard/USAid

With the prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes (sgbc) gaining momentum, this year’s International Criminal Court Forum focuses on the ICC prosecutor’s mission to end impunity for sexual violence as crimes against humanity, war crimes and means of genocide.

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Event listing Film Screening: A Syrian Love Story


A Syrian Love Story

16 June 2016  | 6:00pm–8:00pm | Click here to book your free ticket
Londonewcastle Project Space | 28 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP

Comrades and lovers Amer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. When McAllister first meets their family in 2009, Raghda is back in prison leaving Amer to look after their 4 boys alone; but as the ‘Arab Spring’ sweeps the region, the family’s fate shifts irrevocably. Filmed over 5 years, the film charts their incredible odyssey to political freedom. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other.

Known for his unique and intimate portraits, maverick director Sean McAllister (Liberace of Baghdad) received the Grand Jury prize at this year’s Sheffield Documentary Festival for this “Bergmanesque portrait of a relationship and love”.

Please note this is event is free, but pre-booking is essential due to limited capacity.

This event is part of our exhibition, Call me by my name: Stories from Calais and beyond, exploring the complexity and human stories behind the current refugee crisis, with a particular focus on the Calais camp.


Event: We are all migrants: an interactive workshop


We are all migrants: an interactive workshop

Facilitated by NOMAD (Nation of Migration Awakening the Diaspora) and performance artist Denys Blacker
18 June 2016  | 3-6pm | Free, no advanced registration required
Londonewcastle Project Space | 28 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP

Nomad (Nation of Migration Awakening the Diaspora) is an organisation working with young refugees in North London.

They will be presenting two interactive workshops that are open to public participation, in collaboration with the performance artist Denys Blacker

“We are all Migrants” is a workshop exploring the different topics and statements around migration and refugee and migrant issues. This activity will invite us to engage in a debate and meaningful discussions. We will take you on journey to explore and challenge the stigmas, taboos and labels attached to “refugee.”

“Call Me By My Name” is a performance workshop during which we will explore the many names we have been called by others. the labels that we ourselves and others use to describe how we look and who we are; the insulting and the complimentary, the affectionate and the funny. The performance is open to audience participation and discussion.

The workshops are free.
No previous experience is necessary.

Link from Migration Museum website:


Seeking papers for the Panel ‘LGBTI refugees in the context of EU-Turkey migration policies’ (30 June)

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For the 2016 Istanbul Human Security Conference (19-21 October 2016, Kadir Has University, Istanbul) we are looking for papers for the Panel ‘Protecting the invisibles: LGBTI refugees in the context of EU-Turkey migration policies’.

Please see the CfP below.

A 300 words abstract, together with a short bio, should be sent no later than June 30th. Participants will be notified shortly after the deadline.

Call for Papers for the Panel
“Protecting the invisibles: LGBTI refugees in the context of EU-Turkey migration policies”
at the sixth Istanbul Human Security Conference
Theme 5: Responses to Refugee Crisis in the World
19-20-21 October 2016, Istanbul Kadir Has University
Conference information:

Panel description:
This panel aims to analyze the evolving Turkish and EU’s migration practices regarding LGBTI refugees. The panel seeks to explore the current legal and political challenges regarding LGBTI asylum seekers in Turkey and in…

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Call for Abstracts (21 June): Connecting the Dots: Migration – Environment – Resilience

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The nexus of migration and climate change – two of the most important processes of our time – is increasingly becoming the subject of scientific, but also public interest. Apart from questions relating to the causal attribution of the two, the acknowledgement of the complexity of this nexus is growing: Treating migration, environmental (and climate) change and resilience as linked in multi-causal and multi-directional ways opens up the chance for investigating their complex interrelations.

This in turn can enable us to address important questions of high social and political relevance, relating for example to the extent and to the mechanisms how migration can contribute to the reduction of vulnerability in general, and to climate change adaptation in particular; or to the conditions and reasons why migration might also have adverse consequences, in social and ecological terms, and in areas of both origin and destination; or, finally, how climate change and…

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Mayor Of Paris Announces Plans for camp for migrants and refugees in the north of France’s capital

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gettyimages-535870928_wide-093bb715aa8fec37a18a013571882a8f67555b38-s1500-c85 Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo attends a news conference in Paris on Monday. Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

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‘Unduly Harsh’ is an Ordinary English Expression

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005MM (Uganda) & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 450 (20 April 2016)

These proceedings are about two foreign criminals, a drug dealer (MM, a Ugandan) and a fraudster (KO, a Nigerian). They pour cold water over the theory that criminally minded individuals are able to overcome expulsion from the UK against the odds by clever use of human rights law. Automatic deportation under section 32 of the UK Borders Act 2007 is avoidable where a foreign criminal can demonstrate under human rights law that the effect on a qualifying child or partner would be unduly harsh. In circumstances where the deportation of a foreign criminal leads to the violation of ECHR rights, then under section 33(2)(a) of the 2007 Act that person should not be deported. The Immigration Act 2014 added fresh flavour to article 8. Because of conflicting tribunal authority…

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Refugee Council Archive at UEL Event: “Different Pasts: Shared Futures”: Showcasing UEL Initiatives Supporting Refugees

UEL and the Refugee Council Archive for Refugee Week Event:

“Different Pasts: Shared Futures”: Showcasing UEL Initiatives Supporting Refugees

Wednesday, 22nd June: 10.30am – 7pm
University of East London, Docklands Campus.
Refugee Council Archive (Ground Floor, Library) and Room DL.3.04

RWlogo ColourWe warmly welcome you to attend our UEL “Different Pasts: Shared Futures” event for Refugee Week 2016. We have organised a mix of sessions to help showcase the initiatives currently being undertaken by staff and students here at the University of East London to help support migrants and refugees and to showcase new projects and research to help promote and celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

Our Timetable of Events for the day will include:
10.30am – 11am:  Registration and Networking

11am-12.30pm: Living Narratives in the Calais Jungle. 
With confirmed Speakers: Dr. Aura Lounasmaa (UEL), Dr. Cigdem Esin (UEL) ,Dr Tahir Zaman, (SOAS/UEL) and Marie Godin, (International Migration Institute, University of Oxford).

1pm Onwards: Refugee Council Archive Open Afternoon and Exhibition. Location: Archive

1pm – 2pm: Film Screening: Performing the Archive: Living Narratives and the Politics of Performance.
A showcase of a recent civic engagement project with our second-year theatre studies students.

2pm-3pm: Archiving Living Histories of the Migration Experience: Living Refugee Archive (JPG) RedOral History, Archives and the Hidden Narratives of Migration.
Dr. Rumana Hashem and Paul Dudman, Archivist at UEL.

3pm – 4.30pm: Workshop: How can we engage with refugee communities and help document and preserve their life histories and enable their stories to be told?

Showcasing our latest civic engagement projects including the Living Refugee Archive and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Online Portal and introducing the IASFM Working Group and Oral History Society Migration SIG and the Migration and Asylum Network.  Led by Dr. Rumana Hashem and Paul Dudman.

4.30pm – 4.45pm: Break

4.45pm – 6pm: Brexit and the Migration Crisis: Redefining refugee, migration and conflict studies in a fragmented Europe?”

Roundtable discussion including past and present UEL Staff and Students on people-centred understandings of conflict and refugee movements and responses to global and refugee inactivates in light of current events. Chair: Professor Giorgia Dona.

6pm: Refreshments and Networking. Location: Ground Floor Library Foyer and Refugee Council Archive.

Organised in Conjunction with the Refugee Council Archive at UEL; the Centre for Narrative Research, Centres for Migration, Refugees and Belonging and Centres for Social Justice and Change at UEL.

Programme Information:

UEL is at the forefront of research and teaching within the fields of refugee, forced migration and conflict studies. Specialist postgraduate masters courses exist in Refugee Studies and Conflict Displacement and Human Security. If you would like to explore the issues discussed during today in further depth, we welcome enquiries in relation to the courses that we have on offer.
MA in Refugee Studies

A distinctive feature of this course is that it considers the perspective and experiences of the people forced to flee conflict, generalised violence, and human rights violations. It highlights social, cultural and community responses to people in search of sanctuary in the contexts of restrictive border practices. It encourages informed understanding about contemporary conflicts, forced displacement and human security.
MA in Conflict Displacement and Human Security

The key aspects of your learning will be the focus on conflict and displacement. We value a people-centred approach and an emphasis on human security which combines both human rights and human development.

The course approaches development as an important security strategy and considers displacement a measure of human security. We will encourage you to adopt an independent critical approach to contemporary theories of conflict, human rights and human security.

Both of these courses are situated within the field of Global Studies at UEL and work in close contact with our research centres including the Centre for Migration Refugees and Belonging; the Centre for Narrative Research; and the Centre for Social Change and Justice. UEL is also the home of the Refugee Council Archive, hosted within the Docklands Library as part of a wider Archives provision, the Archive represents one of the largest collections of material documenting the history and development of refugee and forced migration issues with the UK.

Supreme Court on Detention, Deportation and Mental Illness

United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog

R (O) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 19 (27 April 2016)

Heaven knows: Yarl’s Wood IRC – the infamous British Gulag where pregnant women and children are locked up – may even make the likes of president Putin squirm on an off day. But rarely will the great British state cringe at the ugly truths lurking behind the scenes in detention centres operated by private contractors who profit from “indefinite” detention (and apparently also sexually prey on vulnerable people deprived of their liberty). A Nigerian national aged 38 who entered the UK illegally in late 2003 with her three-year old son, O suffered from mental health problems that instigated attempted suicide, other self-harm, hallucinations, unpredictable mood-swings and impulsive outbursts for which she received high doses of anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medication. She was detained at Yarl’s Wood for almost three years (2008-2011) purportedly justified by the…

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Migration Museum: Stories from Calais and Beyond

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unnamedCall me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond
2 June – 22 June 201612 – 8pm* open daily
Londonewcastle Project Space
28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP

Free admission

The Calais camp has become a potent symbol of Europe’s migration crisis. Public opinion on this ever-evolving shantytown and its inhabitants is polarised: to some a threatening swarm seeking entry to our already overstretched island-nation, to others a shameful symbol of our failed foreign policy. Amid such debate, it is easy to lose sight of the thousands of individuals who have found themselves in limbo in Calais, each with their own story and reasons for wanting to reach Britain.

Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond is a multimedia exhibition, taking place in a momentous month that sees both the EU referendum and Refugee Week. It explores the complexity and human stories behind the…

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How I Got Here: Before I left Damascus I wondered: ‘Trenton, New Jersey … what is that?’

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4015 When I landed in New York City, I remember thinking I had never seen so many lights in my life.’ Photograph: Adel Korkor

I held on to the telegram for a few minutes before I opened it. The mail man delivered it in a grey, wrinkly envelope. The message was from America and it read “The medical residency program director agreed to offer you a position as an intern. I will see you soon.”

It was 1974 and I was standing on the marble entrance hall to our apartment on Porto Alegre Street in Damascus. My mother, who was baking in the kitchen, asked what the mailman delivered. I told her I got a job in America. She went on completing what she was doing and showed no emotions.

I stood by the kitchen door pondering. I had really wanted to go to England. America was so far away and…

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Supreme Court: EU Law Fails ‘Nuisance’ Algerian Criminal

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R (Nouazli) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 16 (20 April 2016)

Algeria and immigration bring to mind the image of radical Islam. For example, in a decade long deportation battle involving six Algerian men which represents a serious blow to UK counter-terrorism efforts, SIAC recently said: “It is not inconceivable that these appellants, if returned to Algeria, would be subjected to ill-treatment infringing article 3. There is a real risk of such a breach.” The home office is not pursuing a further appeal despite its insistence that it is “disappointed” with the ruling against the men, who are accused of having had “direct links” to Osama bin Ladin and are therefore seen as a “risk” by the authorities. But of course the context was radically different in the case of Rachid Nouazli, also an Algerian national who had serious problems of addiction to…

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Book launch, ‘Voices from the ‘Jungle’

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Please come along: It’s free! ‘Voices from the ‘Jungle” launch event Friday April 21, 2017, 7-9pm Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA With Pluto Press and the Centre for…

Voices from the ‘Jungle’ Launch Event

Refugee Hosts

Refugee Hosts is pleased to share this announcement on behalf of Dr Tahir Zaman. Make sure you reserve a ticket for the Voices from the ‘Jungle’ launch event which takes place in Shoreditch, London, on Friday 21 April. The event will comprise of a panel reading and discussion of the new book Voices from the ‘Jungle’. The book features stories from those who experienced life in the Calais Camp, and offers a critical insight into the role narration, storytelling and creativity can play in enhancing our understanding of displacement. You can also read our Refugee Hosts blog and our creative archive. for more on the theme of narrative and displacement, which we will be exploring in more detail through a series of creative writing and translation workships with nine local communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey affected by conflict-induced displacement from Syria.



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How the ‘guerrilla archivists’ saved history – and are doing it again under Trump

Discard Studies

Morgan Currie, University of California, Los Angeles and Britt S. Paris, University of California, Los Angeles

On Inauguration Day, a group of students, researchers and librarians gathered in a nondescript building on the north side of the University of California, Los Angeles campus, against a backdrop of pelting rain.

The group had organized in protest against the new U.S. administration. But, instead of marching and chanting, participants were there to learn how to “harvest,” “seed,” “scrape” and ultimately archive websites and data sets related to climate change.

The need for such work quickly became palpable. Within hours of Trump’s inauguration ceremony, official statements on anthropogenic, or man-made, climate change vanished from governmental websites, including and that of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The UCLA event was one of several “data rescue” missions that have cropped up around the U.S., supervised by the Environmental Data Governance Initiative

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