Daily Archives: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Publications on Schengen; UK Labour Market; Housing; Morocco; Inspections; Immigration

Schengen and solidarity:the fragile balance between mutual trust and mistrust.
A new policy paper by the European Policy Centre.
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)

Immigration and the UK Labour Market: The Latest Evidence from Economic Research.
By the Centre for Economic Performance
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(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)

Benefits and Housing in the UK: A Guide for Refugees Living with HIV.
By the National Aids Trust.
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(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)

Responses to irregular migration in Morocco: Promising changes, persisting challenges.
By the Institute for Public Policy Research, (IPPR).
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)

An Inspection of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Immigration Team.
A new inspection report the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
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(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)
See Also – UKBA Response to the Independent Chief Inspector’s report

Parochial and Cosmopolitan Britain: Examining the Social Divide in Reactions to Immigration.
By Robert Ford.
Transatlantic Trends Immigration Focus Paper.
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Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (HC 194).
House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee: 6th Report of Session 2012-2013.
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New Publications from the Forced Migration Discussion List

For your reference, the Forced Migration Discussion List has received announcements about the following new reports and publications:

Anti-Trafficking Review, no. 1 (June 2012) http://www.antitraffickingreview.org/component/content/article/2-uncategorised/9.html
– New periodical from the Global Alliance against Traffic in Women (GAATW).

Arrested Development: Colombian Youth in Panama (Women’s Refugee Commission, July 2012)

Asylum Under Threat: Assessing the Protection of Somali Refugees in Dadaab Refugee Camps and along the Migration Corridor (Danish Refugee Council)

Climate Change, Vulnerability and Human Mobility: Perspectives of Refugees from the East and Horn of Africa (UNHCR & UNU-EHS, June 2012) http://www.unhcr.org/4fe8538d9.html

A Commentary on the June 2012 Sudan Operational Guidance Note (Still Human, Still Here, June 2012) http://stillhumanstillhere.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/shsh-commentary-on-the-june-2012-sudan-ogn.pdf

Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 28 (July 2012) http://frlan.tumblr.com/

Global Estimates 2011: People Displaced by Natural Hazard-Induced Disasters (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, June 2012)

Human Trafficking in Mexico and Neighbouring Countries: A Review of Protection Approaches, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 229 (UNHCR, June 2012) http://www.unhcr.org/4f070a83540.html

Humanitarian Exchange, no. 54 (May 2012)

“A Liberal Theory of Asylum,” Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Forthcoming)

Pledges 2011: Ministerial Intergovernmental Event on Refugees and Stateless Persons (UNHCR, 2012)

Revue Asylon(s), no. 9 (juin 2012)

Smuggling of Asylum-seekers and Criminal Justice, RLI Working Paper, no. 5 (Refugee Law Initiative, June 2012)

S.O.S. Europe: Human Rights and Migration Control (Amnesty International, June 2012)

“Supplement: A World of Refugees,” Le Monde Diplomatique (June 2012) http://mondediplo.com/2012/06/15unhcr
– See five articles listed in the menu on the right.

Trafficking in Persons Report 2012 (U.S. Dept. of State, June 2012) http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2012/index.htm


Call for Papers: Migrating Minorities. Challenging the Boundaries of Belonging

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Call for Papers for a Special Issue

Migrating Minorities. Challenging the Boundaries of Belonging
Remus Gabriel Anghel, Jon Fox, István

International migration is decidedly one of the main challenges to
Western liberal democracies nowadays. After the end of the Cold War, the
growing pace of globalization around the World, and the changing economic and
political realities triggered new migration waves towards the West. A large
scholarship has developed on the issue of labor migration, citizenship and
transnationalism in the past years. But this current research does not
adequately address the migration of ethnic minorities as a specific research
topic. Rather, the question of minorities has been subsumed to a more general
interest in labor migration and its effects for the reception and origin
countries, or research on migrants’ transnationalism. Although visible in
actual migration processes, the phenomenon of migrating minorities was labeled
according to migrants’ passports, not their ethnicity.
The purpose of this publication project is to make
explicit the migration of ethnic minorities in the current research agenda on
migration and transnationalism. It aims at unfolding the distinctive mechanisms
of ethnic minority migration, incorporation, and transnationalism, including
the ethnopolitical projects of ethnic minorities. What are the differences
between the migration of ethnic minorities and ethnic majorities? What are ethnic
minorities’ motivations for migration, and how for instance, if at all, do
ethnic conflicts and tensions influence minorities’ migration? How do ethnic
minorities constitute and maintain transnational politics with their countries of
origin and/or with their ethnic homelands?
Therefore, we invite papers dealing with the following
– ethnic return migration;
– ethnic minorities and (ethnic) majority transnationalism;
– ethnic minorities and (ethnic) majority diasporas;
– ethnic minorities and integration;
– ethnic minorities and pan-nationalism in receiving societies;
– ethnic minorities, remittances and development

Interested authors should submit a 250 word abstract on one or more
aspects of the topic of migrating minorities outlined above by September 1st,
2012. Please also provide your current institutional affiliation and a short
list of recent publications. Selected contributors will be asked to submit
a fuller and revised 500 word abstract to be included in a special issue
proposal to a relevant specialist journal.  Final versions of the papers
are expected by early 2013.

Abstracts should
be sent to:

Remus Gabriel Anghel, The Romanian Institute for Researches on National Minorities, Cluj: remusgabriel@yahoo.com
Alternatively, they can be sent to:
Jon Fox, University of Bristol, UK: jon.fox@bristol.ac.uk, or
Istvan Horvath, The Romanian Institute for Researches on National Minorities, Cluj: ihorvath66@yahoo.com

Call for Papers: Migration and Forced Labor

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Call for Papers: Migration and Forced Labor

The Open Society Institute is calling for position papers for an edited volume on human trafficking titled, Human Trafficking: Reconsidering the Problem, edited by Rhacel Parenas and Kimberly Kay Hoang. The editors seek manuscripts from scholars and practitioners from all academic disciplines (economics, law, social sciences, gender and sexuality studies, public policy, health, and business). People working with relevant NGO’s, government agencies, and public health organizations are also invited to submit their work. Open Society will publish the volume in 2013.

The current literature on human trafficking focuses overwhelmingly on the issue of sex trafficking often overlooking the problem of “human trafficking” through the lens of migration and “forced labor”. A focus on “forced labor” avoids conflating trafficking with prostitution, and at the same time calls attention to the susceptibility of a wide range of migrant workers, not just sex workers, to human trafficking. The volume thus, seeks papers on trafficked persons that include not only sex workers but also agricultural, construction, factory, and domestic workers to understand the structures and systems that render migrant workers vulnerable to human trafficking.

In an attempt to expand the literature and research on human trafficking, this volume will consider a wide array of jobs that leave migrant workers vulnerable to human trafficking. We seek papers that describe how the conditions, structures, social institutions, and systems of various occupations leave workers vulnerable to forced labor and human trafficking.

We will focus on the following themes:

–       The vulnerability of migrant workers in the 21st century, including sex workers, agricultural workers, construction workers, and domestic workers among many others.

–       The systematic ways that social institutions such as broker industries and guest worker programs impact human trafficking

–       Papers that work to provide a more precise definition for the concept of exploitation that systematically accounts for the gradations of indenture among victims of “human trafficking,” by distinguishing between peonage, servitude, and slavery

–       Papers that predict long-term consequences of forced labor by examining the reintegration of rescued trafficked victims and the plight of the children and families of migrant workers vulnerable to forced labor

In addressing the themes above, we hope to provide a more systematic understanding of the problem of human trafficking that recognizes the structural problems caused by institutions and systems of migration. Position papers should be written in a style that is accessible to non-academic audiences and no longer than 3500 words (15 double-spaced pages) including all relevant citations.

Please submit papers to: Kimberly Kay Hoang via email at kayhoang@rice.edu no later than **October 31, 2012.**  Acceptance notifications will be made by November 30, 2012.

Please direct all questions and correspondence via postal mail to: Kimberly Kay Hoang | Rice University | 6100 Main St Mech Lab 210 | P.O. Box 1892 MS-38 | Houston, TX 77005.

Call for Papers: RLI Postgraduate Workshop on Refugee Law

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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the RLI Doctoral Affiliates network, we write to bring you news of the forthcoming Postgraduate Workshop on Refugee Law.

The Workshop will be held in London on Thursday 5 December and is timed to precede the Refugee Studies Centre 30th Anniversary Conference taking place in Oxford on 6-7 December 2012. The Workshop will provide an opportunity for early career researchers – including doctoral, postdoctoral and other postgraduate researchers – to showcase their research and gain feedback from their peers and the wider academic community.  It will also provide a forum for developing networks and identifying opportunities for future research and collaboration.

The format of the one-day workshop will be participatory, consisting of thematic roundtable workshops involving 2-3 presenters and an academic chair/discussant.  Academics and practitioners in the field of refugee law will also be invited to attend the workshops and to participate in discussion. The event will close with a plenary session featuring a keynote speaker, followed by networking drinks.

We invite abstracts from all early career researchers, including current doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and others conducting refugee law-related research at the postgraduate level.  We particularly welcome papers that fall within one or more of the following broad themes, however abstracts in all areas of refugee law will be considered.

– Regional developments in refugee law

– Definitional issues and the scope of international protection

– Particular vulnerable groups of forced migrants – e.g. trafficked persons, IDPs

– Strengthening the refugee rights regime

– Securitisation of migration governance

– Intersections between refugee law and other areas of international law

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words, in Word format and include full contact details and affiliation.  Workshop participants will be asked to submit a written version of their paper prior to the workshop, for distribution amongst other participants.  It is anticipated that selected papers from the workshop may be published in an edited volume in the RLI book series (subject to publisher approval).  Please indicate if you do not wish to have your paper considered for publication.  Abstracts should be submitted to tamara.wood@unsw.edu.au by Monday **20 August 2012. **

There will be no conference fee for participants and lunch and refreshments will be provided. However participants will be responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation costs.  For further information about RLI, including the Doctoral Affiliates Network and the Postgraduate Workshop on Refugee Law, please see http://www.sas.ac.uk/hrc/projects/refugee-law-initiative .

Kind regards,

Margherita Blandini

Research Co-ordinator

Refugee Law Initiative

Email: RLI@sas.ac.uk

Table of Contents: TORTURE 2012-Supplementum 1 can now be accessed

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TORTURE - Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture Dear subscriber of TORTURE Journal,

We are pleased to inform you that all contents from the latest issue of TORTURE journal can now be accessed free of charge at http://www.irct.org/torture-journal

TORTURE Vol. 22, Supplementum 1, 2012

Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture

ISSN (Online): 1997-3322


Duarte Nuno

Dismemberment: Cause of death in the Colombian armed conflict
Maria Dolores Morcillo-Méndez, Isla Yolima Campos

Supplementary value of functional imaging in forensic medicine
Siroos Mirzaei, Charlotte Sonneck-Koenne, Thomas Bruecke, Kamran Aryana, Peter Knoll, Rasoul Zakavi

 Neuropsychiatric evidence of waterboarding and other abusive treatments
Stephen N. Xenakis

“Not waving, drowning”. Asphyxia and torture: the myth of simulated drowning and other forms of torture
Jonathan Beynon

Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Torture prevention, documentation and prosecution in the Philippines
Ernesto A. Anasarias, Benito Molino, Edeliza P. Hernandez, Jerbert M. Briola

Statement on access to relevant medical and other health records and relevant legal records for forensic medical evaluations of alleged torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
International Forensic Expert Group


Call for papers: Conference on Development-Induced Displacement & Resettlement

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Call for Papers:

International Conference on Development-Induced Displacement and Resettlement: Bridging Research and Practice, Filling the Knowledge Gaps, 22-23 March 2013

Hosted by the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

The conference invites papers that will contribute to reviving the discussions on development-induced displacement and resettlement. In view of the conference theme, “bridging research and practice, filling the knowledge gaps”, papers facilitating cross-communications between different stakeholders, disciplines and perspectives are very much welcome. As a forum for critical reflections on the current practice and policies, the conference encourages presenters to engage in discussions on the least studied aspects and unanswered questions of DIDR. How much is enough to compensate an oustee for example, or what is a successful resettlement? How do we define the affected populations in the urban? How can we “re”settle mobile populations that are not settled in the first place? Should the affected people have the right to veto the projects?

For further guidance, key themes of the conference are briefly described below. Papers may fall into one or more of the following categories:

Conceptual and ethical discussions

For a broader understanding and critical engagement of policy and processes, there is a need to continue conceptual and ethical discussions on development-induced displacement and resettlement. Under this theme, the conference invites papers conceptualising and theorising aspects and processes of DIDR and ethical and/or human rights perspectives on DIDR.

Policy and practice

This theme will look into strengths and weaknesses of laws and policies, impracticalities and insufficiencies, what works and what does not. Papers might explore the gaps between policy and practice, address the possibilities of having over-arching legal and policy frameworks or discuss the idea of ’success’ in the context of resettlement. Participants from international financial institutions as well as policymakers from across the world are welcome to explain their efforts and challenges in relation to their own policies.

Diverse emphases

This theme will explore the short, medium and long term consequences of DIDR from different perspectives. Taking into account different segments in the society, gender and generations, diverse socio-economic groups, political and ethnic backgrounds, it will seek to encompass reflections of displaced as well as non-displaced and host populations. Papers might examine impacts on livelihoods and living standards, social and family networks, power and relations as well as mental and physical health.

Different contexts

Displacement and resettlement are taking place in various contexts including developed and developing countries, diverse regions and geographies and amongst urban, rural, indigenous, and mobile populations. This theme will examine the unknowns of DIDR in different contexts and compare and contrast its challenges and repercussions. Case specific studies as well as papers with a broader focus at regional levels are very much welcome.

You can download the abstract submission form at https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0DiGnfQIgQSem1hV241NUNFTGM/edit?pli=1 . When the web page opens, click on the “file” tab on the left corner and choose the “download” option. If you encounter any problems with downloading, please inform us at info@didrconference.org

The deadline for abstract submission is **31 October 2012.**

More information about the conference is available at http://www.didrconference.org/index.html