Daily Archives: Thursday, October 4, 2012

New Publications on Climate Change in Bangladesh; Syria; UK Holding Centre Inspections;

The Security Risks of Climate Change Displacement in Bangladesh.
Ben Saul.

From the introduction: This article interrogates whether, and to what extent, climate change-related movement in Bangladesh may give rise to two commonly suggested security risks: transnational security risks in relation to neighbouring countries; and domestic security risks of radicalisation, and social conflict over resources. This article is a modest effort to ground consideration of the links between climate change displacement and security threats in a concrete case study of a particular situation, including through a review of the expert national and regional literature and qualitative field research in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. In doing so, it aims to test the prevailing assumptions in the global literature against social realities on the ground, acknowledging security risks where they exist, and deflating those that bear little substance.

[Access to Paper]
(Source: UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition).

Syria brief: No safe haven – A country on the move, a nation on the brink.
By the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, (IDMC).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre).

Report on an unannounced inspection of the short-term holding facility at Liverpool Capital Building (2 May 2012).
By HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.
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(Source: HM Chief Inspector of Prisons).

Report on an unannounced follow-up inspection of the non-residential short-term holding facility at Sheffield Vulcan House (29 May 2012).
By HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: HM Chief Inspector of Prisons).

New Publications on Immigration Detention; Campaigning; UKREN; Immigration

Border Watch

Border Watch

Border Watch: Cultures of Immigration, Detention and Control.
Written by Alexandra Hall and published by Pluto Books.
From the product description:

Questions over immigration and asylum face almost all Western countries. Should only economically useful immigrants be allowed? What should be done with unwanted or ‘illegal’ immigrants? In this bold and original intervention, Alexandra Hall shows that immigration detention centres offer a window onto society’s broader attitudes towards immigrants.

Despite periodic media scandals, remarkably little has been written about the everyday workings of the grassroots immigration system, or about the people charged with enacting immigration policy at local levels. Detention, particularly, is a hidden side of border politics, despite its growing international importance as a tool of control and security. This book fills the gap admirably, analysing the everyday encounters between officers and immigrants in detention to explore broad social trends and theoretical concerns.

This highly topical book provides rare insights into the treatment of the ‘other’ and will be essential for policy makers and students studying anthropology and sociology.

[Further Details]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)

Campaigning Toolkit: An aid to understanding the asylum and immigration

Campaigning Toolkit

Campaigning Toolkit

systems in the UK, and to campaigning for the right to stay.
Produced by the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns.

The Campaigning Toolkit is a comprehensive printed and online resource for people at risk of removal, and the groups working to support them.

The Toolkit aims help migrants understand the asylum and immigration systems, to know their rights, and to be as well-equipped as possible to make a successful application. In the case of a refusal, we hope the Toolkit enables migrants to know what a campaign is, whether it’s right for them, and to be at the centre of the campaign and of all of the decisions made.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)

People of African Descent in Europe,
A UKREN Briefing Paper – June 2012
By Amy Clarke.
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(Source: Network Ebulletin)

Report: Britain’s ‘70 Million’ Debate: A Primer on Reducing Immigration to Manage Population Size.
Produced by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.[Download Full Report]
(Source: Network Ebulletin)


New Publications on Livelihoods; Immigration; Roma; British Social Attitudes; Statistics; Children; EASO; and Climate Change.

Livelihoods in protracted crises

Livelihoods in protracted crises

Livelihoods in protracted crises.
Written by Simon Levine and published by Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
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(Source: ODI).

Immigration and population growth in the UK
By the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration (UK).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: DocuBase)

Italy: On the edge: Roma, forced evictions and segregation in Italy.
By Amnesty International.
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(Source:  Amnesty International press release – Italy’s Roma still segregated and without prospects)

British Social Attitudes Survey29th edition 2012.
Editors: Alison Park, Elizabeth Clery, John Curtice, Miranda Phillips
and David Utting.  Produced by NetCen.
[Download Full Report]
– See also, specific section on attitudes to immigration: [British Social Attitudes Survey 29 – Immigration]
(Source: Guardian Online – British Social Attitudes Survey – how what we think and who thinks it has changed.)

Annual Mid-year Population: Estimates for England and Wales,
Mid 2011.
Produced by the Office for National Statistics.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: The Telegraph – Population growing by 1,000 a day, Office for National Statistics shows).

Into the unknown: Children’s journeys through the asylum process.
New report produced by The Children’s Society.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: The Telegraph – Children fleeing wars facing ‘culture of disbelief’ – charity.)

European Asylum Support Office Newsletter – September 2012.

EASO Newsletter

EASO Newsletter

Produced by the European Asylum Support Office, (EASO).
[Access to Newsletter]
(Source: European Asylum Support Office, (EASO).).

‘Because I am a stranger’: Urban refugees in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research – Research Paper No. 244.
By Emily Mattheisen.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR)

Communicating Climate Change and Migration: A Report by the  UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition, (UKCCMC).
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(Source: UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition – New research investigates communicating climate change and migration).
See Also: Migrants’ Rights Network – Report: Communicating Climate Change and Migration

In the first report of its kind, analysis reveals that the media debate around climate change and migration has not yet become entrenched. The UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition, who carried out the research, have used the analysis to produce the first ever guidance for organisations on effectively communicating the complex connections between climate change and migration.

Both climate change and migration attract a significant degree of public and media attention. Together they represent a potentially explosive combination that could inflame already heated debates. The report released today argues that without a concerted effort to communicate the issues effectively the debate could be hijacked by political interests opposed to human rights and action on climate change.


New Publications on Right to Asylum; Destitution & Asylum in Scotland; South Africa; UNHCR Detention Guidelines; Settlements

Right to asylum for unaccompanied minors in the European Union

Right to asylum for unaccompanied
minors in the European Union

Right to asylum for unaccompanied minors in the European Union: Comparative study in the 27 EU countries.
A study coordinated by France Terre d’asile.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: France Terre d’asile).

Trapped: Destitution and Asylum in Scotland
A Research Report by Morag Gillespie, (September 2012), and Published by the Scottish Poverty Information Unit, Institute for Society and Social Justice Research, Glasgow Caledonian University.
[Download Full Report]
See Also: Guardian Online Article – Failed asylum seekers in Scotland living below UN global poverty threshold
(Source: Scottish Refugee Council Stop Destitution Campaign)

NO WAY IN: Barriers to Access, Service and Administrative Justice at South
Africa’s Refugee Reception Offices
ACMS Research Report by Roni Amit.
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(Source: African Centre for Migration & Society at the
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)

Detention Guidelines: Guidelines on the Applicable Criteria and Standards
relating to the Detention of Asylum-Seekers and Alternatives to Detention.
Published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, (UNHCR).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).

Role of UN-Habitat in Humanitarian Affairs: Strategic policy on human settlements in crisis and sustainable relief and reconstruction framework.
Report by UN-Habitat.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: ALNAP)

Immigration and Contested Nation-building: explaining the political salience of immigration in multi-national societies
GRITIM-UPF Working Paper Series Number 13 – Autumn 2012.
By Fiona Barker, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
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(Source: GRITIM)


New Publications on Asylum and Population Control; Global Refugee Policy; Mining-Induced Displacement; Refugee Resettlement in America; Refugees of the Arab Spring `Living Under Drones’;

Asylum and population control

Asylum and population control

Asylum and population control: assessing UNHCR’s sexual and reproductive health programme in Guatemalan refugee settlements
Refugee Studies Centre (Oxford) Working Paper Series Number 83.
By Dr Oscar Gil-Garcia.

From the Abstract:

The UN and other multilateral agencies in the fields of relief and development, under the premise of promoting gender equality, increasingly identify reproductive health care to displaced people as a ‘durable solution’ to prevent maternal mortality, complications following abortion, sex gender-based violence (SGBV), and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

The UNHCR response to displaced Guatemalan’s seeking asylum in Mexico is the first case where gender equality discourse was used to justify the inclusion of health interventions to respond to SGBV in its humanitarian projects. Questions remain on how gender equality discourse became institutionalised within UNHCR and its impact in shaping health interventions.What role does gender play in shaping health provision, specifically reproductive health, to refugee communities? What lessons can be gained from displaced communities in their provision of health services? To answer these questions, this paper presents findings from ethnographic research among forced migrants living in La Gloria, the largest of the 36 original refugee camps, located in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico.

[Download Full Working Paper]
(Source: Refugee Studies Centre)

Background paper: Global Refugee Policy: varying perspectives, unanswered

Background paper: Global Refugee Policy

Background paper: Global Refugee Policy

By Sarah Deardorff Miller.

Global Refugee Policy (GRP) is a phrase often used by scholars, practitioners and policymakers, but one that is seldom conceptualised, defined or unpacked. Indeed, understanding of GRP is highly contingent on the ontological assumptions and disciplinary lenses applied from the beginning. And yet despite its hazy nature, scholars of all persuasions generally agree that policies have the potential to deeply affect the lives of refugees and other forced migrants in significant ways, from constraining their access to basic human rights, to influencing how, when and where refugees may choose to move.
This paper has been prepared for the RSC 30th Anniversary Conference, 6-7 December 2012.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Refugee Studies Centre)

Living Under Drones: Death, Injury ,and Trauma to Civilians From US Drones.
A researched and documented study by the New York University Law School Global Justice Clinic and Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Librarians and Human Rights)

Mining-Induced Displacement and Resettlement: Social Problem and Human Rights Issue (a Global Perspective).
By Bogumil Terminski.
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(Source: Social Science Research Network)

Refugee Resettlement in America: The Iraqi Refugee Experience in Upstate, New York.
Cairo Papers on Migration and Refugees Paper No. 1/ July 2012
By Christine M. Fandrich.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: The American University in Egypt)

Refugees of the Arab Spring: The Syrian Refugees in Lebanon April 2011-April 2012
Cairo Papers on Migration and Refugees Paper No. 2/ August 2012
By Sam Van Vliet and Guita Hourani.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: The American University in Egypt)


Call for papers: Anti-Trafficking Review

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

Call for Papers: Anti-Trafficking Review Issue 2, to be published Autumn 2013

Special Issue: ‘Human Rights at the Border’

Deadline for Submission: **31 December 2012**

It is hard to research, and indeed fight for, human rights in border regions. By their nature borders are often geographically remote and have heightened security controls. They are often zones of exceptionalism, either officially exempted from domestic legal and constitutional protections or with few mechanisms for oversight and accountability of state actions. This exceptionalism as well as heightened border security is increasing risks in the migration process, especially in women’s migration. Many people decide that despite barriers and risks they must cross a border for survival, either in terms of economics or safety, and definitions of movement such as trafficking, smuggling, irregular migration and others are irrelevant to them. In many cases, at the point of a border crossing, it is not possible for practitioners to tell if people are being strictly trafficked or whether they fall in another category, yet the risks created by border systems and the violations experienced by individuals at borders are not to be left out of conversations on trafficking and of migrants’ rights more broadly.

The Anti-Trafficking Review calls for papers for a Special Issue ‘Human Rights at the Border’. Papers may address: criminalisation of irregular migration, operational understandings of human rights, (non)identification of violations, human rights implications of screening for potential trafficking cases, transparency and accountability, discriminatory immigration policies, privatisation of immigration functions, trafficking and migration prevention policies, links between increased border security and trafficking, interceptions and push-backs, broker/agents’ rights, and extraterritoriality. The Review welcomes articles that engage empirically grounded analysis of rights-based border-related programs. Also papers can more broadly address how borders and national security measures make migration more expensive and difficult, increasing risks, and, conversely, papers can address positive aspects of border interventions that may uphold human rights.

The Review promotes a human rights based approach to anti-trafficking, and it aims to explore the issue in its broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights. The journal offers a space for dialogue for those seeking to communicate new ideas and findings. Academics, practitioners and advocates, working for, with and including trafficked persons and migrants are invited to submit articles.

Deadline for submission: **31 December 2012** Word limit on articles: 4,000, including footnotes and abstract

Please see our Style Guide at before submitting:


Special Issue Guest Editor: Dr. Sverre Molland, The Australian National University

Editor: Rebecca Napier-Moore

For more information: http://www.antitraffickingreview.org/


New Publications on Resiliance; Columbia; Syria; Displacement in Mali; ESOL in London

The relevance of ‘resilience’?

The relevance of ‘resilience’?

The relevance of ‘resilience’?
HPG Policy Briefs 49, September 2012
Authors: Simon Levine, Adam Pain, Sarah Bailey and Lilianne Fan.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Published by ODI as part of the HPG Policy Briefs series.)

Colombia: Hidden from justice. Impunity for conflict-related sexual violence, a follow-up report”.
Report produced by Amnesty International.
[Download Full Report]
– See also the press release entitled, “Colombian authorities fail to stop or to punish sexual violence against women.”
(Source: Amnesty International).

The Jihadist Element in Syria and its Implications.
By Paul Rogers for the Oxford Research Group.
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(Source: DocuBase)

Mali: Northern takeover internally displaces at least 118,000 people.
By the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, (IDMC).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre).

Two new reports published by the Mayor of London on ESOL for migrants:

Analysis of English Language Employment Support Provision in London.
Produced by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion and commissioned by the GLA as part of London Enriched, the Mayor of London’s integration strategy for refugees and migrants. The Mayor of London’s integration work for refugee and migrant integration is led by the London Strategic Migration Partnership.

An Analysis of English Language Employment Support Provision in London provides a valuable insight into English language training for Jobcentre Plus customers in London. The focus is on those customers whose first language is not English and where their English language level is a barrier to moving into employment. It provides examples of good practice in joint working between Jobcentre Plus and Skills Funding Agency funded providers of English language training. It also looks at how Work Programme providers are addressing customers’ English language needs. The report makes a number of recommendations on how pre-employment English language support can be further strengthened for Jobseeker Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group) customers.

[Download Full Report] and [Download Appendix]

English Language for All
Produced by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education and commissioned by the GLA as part of London Enriched, the Mayor of London’s integration strategy for refugees and migrants. The Mayor of London’s integration work for refugees and migrants is led by the London Strategic Migration Partnership.

English Language for All is a new report which offers a fresh approach to delivering English language learning in London. It gives an overview of the key groups of refugees and migrants in London who now rely on opportunities to learn English outside of Skills Funding Agency funded provision. It then develops three models that are effective in supporting these groups to learn English and also gives a number of case studies of innovative provision currently running in London.

[Download Full Report]


Courses: News of ECPAT UK Training Events

ECPAT UKPlease find enclosed with this posting details of the various training opportunities provided by ECPAT UK, a children’s anti-trafficking charity.

One of the key aims of ECPAT UK is to improve awareness among professionals, particularly those who work regularly with children, so that they are better able to identify victims, safeguard them and assist with support through asylum, access to services, etc. One of key campaign calls is for a system of guardianship for child victims of trafficking so that they have someone with parental responsibility to act in their best interests and support them through the web of UK systems that surround them.

From the introduction to the training brochure,

ECPAT UK is a registered charity that exists to end the commercial exploitation of children, and focuses on protecting children from both trafficking and exploitation in tourism. Since 1994, our multi-agency training programmes have enabled practitioners to reach a required standard of practice that helps them to identify and safeguard child victims of trafficking. Our main aim is to educate professionals to better enable them to protect children from exploitation. Being a not-for-profit organisation, our training events are fairly priced to enable learning opportunities for everyone who wishes to attend.

ECPAT UK offer an Introductory/Advanced training, as well as specialist training for police and a course about the use of Juju/Witchcraft in the exploitation of children.

A calendar of dates is included with this posting as a PDF document. ECPAT UK is a not for profit organisation, so their training programmes aim to be sustainable and not make money, therefore our prices are really reasonable.

Download: ECPAT UK Training Calender.