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Event: Forced Migration Research Hub Launch & Symposium

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Forced Migration Research Hub Launch & Symposium

WANTED: New Paradigms? Forced Migration, Mobilities and Humanitarianism in Australia and Beyond

A preliminary program is now available.

POLITICS, policies and approaches to management and care of forced migrants are shaped by moral and practical imperatives and informed by often-implicit sets of values and knowledge.  This two-day symposium will critique current paradigms framing thinking and practice and will interrogate new paradigms that situate mobility and morality at the center.

A key focus of this symposium is on humanitarian discourses and their consequences, as applied to the problem of forced migration.  The symposium will

• facilitate an intensive face-to-face discussion among scholars and practitioners who are working on issues of forced migration in Australia and the region;

• take stock of the state of the field and identify new research agendas.

The symposium will also mark the launch of the Forced Migration Research Hub, a new network for researchers working on issues of forced migration and mobility in the Asia-Pacific region.

Symposium discussion and debate will be organized around the critical anthropological scholarship of our keynote speaker: Professor Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton and Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

The symposium will be held in the Hawthorn Campus, Swinburne University of Technology. Early bird registrations are due by 26 September 2012.

Early bird: $215.00* or $105.00* for full time students

Standard (after 26 September): $275* or $165* for full time students

View the symposium flyer

Download the registration form

 

Call for Papers: Spaces of Refuge: Exploring Practices, Perceptions and Policies in Forced Migration and (Re)Settlement

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Call for Papers:

Spaces of Refuge:

Exploring Practices, Perceptions and Policies in Forced Migration and (Re)Settlement

 

6th Annual Conference of the

Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)

Hosted by:

The Department of Sociology and Criminology and
The Atlantic Metropolis Centre
Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS

March 7-10, 2013

The 2013 CARFMS Conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, displaced persons, and advocates from diverse disciplinary and regional backgrounds to discuss spaces of refuge for forced migrants in the context of a changing global geopolitical context. We invite participants from a wide range of perspectives to explore the practical, experiential, policy-oriented, legal and theoretical questions raised by situations of forced migration as a result of conflict, development, climate change, and natural disaster. We also invite studies of short and long-term options for, challenges of, and success with respect to, integration, settlement, resettlement and voluntary return. In the area of both migration and settlement, we are particularly interested in studies that address threats to humanitarian space, and recommendations to counter such threats and build solidarity with those who seek refuge. Papers that consider the relevance of gender and intersectional analysis for displacement, and issues of specific relevance for refugee children and youth, are particularly encouraged. The conference will feature keynote and plenary speeches from leaders in the field and refugees, and we welcome proposals for individual posters, papers, organized panels and roundtables structured around the following broad subthemes:

1. Global/Transnational Causes and Solutions to Forced Migration

Main causes of displacement include conflict, environmental disasters and climate change, development, and frequently a combination of these. What’s more, one of the most concerning trends in the current global context is the number of long-term internally and internationally displaced persons. This suggests the usefulness of taking a global approach to understanding displacement and seeking solutions. Furthermore, the search for solutions must explore the balance between short-term emergency responses and durable solutions in the context of broader structural problems. In sum, this theme is an attempt to solicit analyses that explore causes for and solutions to displacement from global and transnational perspectives.

2. Challenges to Asylum/Resettlement and Humanitarian Space in Local Contexts

This theme seeks to analyze changing procedures and practices regarding asylum and (re)settlement more broadly. Recent changes in legislation on asylum in Canada, for example, illustrate the shrinking space for humanitarian action that characterizes the wider global context. What are the short and long-term implications of these changes in Canada and abroad? What are the responses of different social actors to such changes? What alternatives are available for humanitarian action? Another set of questions addresses how forced migrants, and the agencies assisting them, are coping with changes in perceptions, policies and practices concerning refugees, asylum seekers, and other forced migrants: Where and with whom do refugees and other forced migrants look for support? Where do displaced persons find or seek to find a sense of belonging? How are identities of forced migrants negotiated in different contexts of reception? In sum, this theme solicits exploration of the changing contexts of reception for forced migrants, and how forced migrants, agencies, and other advocates are responding to these changes.

3. Researching and Theorizing Displacement

Grounding current theories and methods of research in concrete examples of displacement will lead to a better understanding, and ultimately to better policies and practices affecting the displaced in local, regional, national, and international contexts. What are the practical issues and challenges of researching displacement? How do we do research on displacement, and how does this influence what we know? How should conventional research methods be adjusted to studies of forced migrants, who are often difficult to locate, on the move, and highly vulnerable? What role do these paradigms play in how we understand different situations of displacement, and how we respond? What are the implications of positioning ourselves as academics, policy makers, displaced persons, advocates, or activists when we are looking into issues of displacement? In sum, this theme solicits primary research into specific situations of displacement, with the goals of highlighting specificity, making comparisons, testing theory, practicing reflexivity, and examining policy appropriateness in a variety of national, and international contexts.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS

Individuals wishing to present at the conference must submit a 250-word abstract and 100-word biography by Thursday, November 15. The conference organizers welcome submissions of posters, individual papers, proposals for panels, and roundtables.

Please submit your abstract online via the conference website:

http://carfmsconference.yorku.ca.

Instructions on submitting online abstracts are available at: http://carfmsconference.yorku.ca/index.php?conference=carfms13&schedConf=carfms13&page=announcement&op=view&path[]=30

For more information, please contact Michele Millard at: mmillard@yorku.ca

APPEL DE COMMUNICATIONS

Espaces de refuge :

Explorer les pratiques, les perceptions et les politiques relatives aux migrations forcées, à la réinstallation et à l’intégration

6e conférence annuelle de

l’Association canadienne des études relatives aux réfugiés et à la migration forcée (CARFMS)

organisée par

le Département de Sociologie et de Criminologie et

le Centre Métropolis Atlantique

Université Saint Mary’s, Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse

Du 7 au 10 mars 2013

La Conférence de 2013 réunira chercheurs, représentants gouvernementaux, des personnes déplacées, des avocats et des acteurs issus de diverses disciplines et d’origines géographiques, pour discuter des espaces de refuge pour les migrants forcés dans un contexte géopolitique global en évolution. Nous invitons les participants à explorer, depuis une large variété de perspectives, les aspects théoriques et pratiques, nourris par l’expérience, de nature juridique ou politique, que soulève la migration forcée suite à des situations de conflit, de développement, de changement climatique ou de désastre naturel. Nous invitons aussi les participants à explorer les différentes questions concernant l’intégration, l’établissement, la réinstallation des réfugiés et le retour volontaire des migrants forcés, ainsi que les solutions à court terme ou de nature durable pour faire face à ces problèmes. Dans les domaines de la migration et de l’établissement, nous sommes intéressés à recevoir des soumissions concernant l’étude des facteurs posant une menace à l’espace humanitaire et formulant des recommandations pour faire face à ces menaces et pour promouvoir la solidarité avec les personnes qui sont à la recherche d’une protection. Des présentations portant sur les recherches analytiques intersectionnelles relatives aux questions de genre lors des déplacements forcés, aux mineurs et aux jeunes réfugiés sont tout particulièrement encouragées. Des personnalités reconnues dans le domaine de l'(im)migration et des réfugiés interviendront pendant la conférence inaugurale et les sessions plénières. Nous sollicitons la soumission de présentations individuelles, d’affiches, de panels et de tables rondes autour des axes suivants :

1.      Les causes globales et transnationales des migrations forcées et les solutions

Parmi les principales causes de déplacements forcés figurent les conflits, les désastres environnementaux, le changement climatique, les projets de développement, qui sont souvent combinés. L’augmentation considérable du nombre de personnes déplacées de manière durable, tant à l’intérieur de leur propre pays qu’à l’international, est un développement particulièrement préoccupant. Il est par conséquent nécessaire d’adopter une approche globale pour analyser les migrations forcées et explorer des solutions appropriées aux défis que soulève ce phénomène. Ce faisant, il importe d’assurer un équilibre entre les solutions d’urgence à court terme et des réponses durables aux problèmes d’ordre structural et systémique. Ce thème vise à promouvoir des analyses explorant diverses causes des migrations forcées et les solutions qui peuvent y être apportées dans des perspectives globales et transnationales.

2.      Asile et réinstallation: Défis et solutions humanitaires dans des contextes locaux

Ce thème vise à analyser l’évolution des procédures et des pratiques relatives à l’asile, à la réinstallation et à l’intégration des réfugiés plus largement. Des changements récents dans le système canadien d’asile illustrent la tendance restrictive au regard du droit des réfugiés et le rétrécissement de l’espace réservé à l’action humanitaire qui caractérisent le contexte global actuel. Quelles sont les conséquences immédiates et à long terme de ces changements dans le système canadien d’asile et dans d’autres pays? Quelles sont les réponses de différents acteurs sociaux face à ces changements? Quelles alternatives s’offrent à l’action humanitaire? Ce thème s’intéresse également aux manières dont les migrants forcés et les agences qui les aident réagissent face aux changements dans les perceptions, les politiques et les pratiques concernant les réfugiés, les demandeurs d’asile et les autres migrants forcés. Il explore entre autres les questions suivantes : où et auprès de qui les réfugiés et les migrants forcés trouvent-ils du soutien? Où cherchent-ils un sens d’appartenance? Comment sont négociées les identités des migrants forcés dans divers contextes de réception? En d’autres mots, quelles sont les réponses apportées par les migrants eux-mêmes et par les organismes et les défenseurs des droits des migrants face aux conditions d’accueil plus restrictives et plus globalement, face aux défis d’intégration et de recherche d’un sens d’appartenance?

3.      Les nouvelles approches et théories dans l’étude des migrations forcées

Ancrer les théories et les méthodes actuelles de recherche dans des exemples concrets de déplacement vont donner lieu à une meilleure compréhension et éventuellement à de meilleures politiques et pratiques ayant un impact sur les personnes déplacées au niveau local, régional, national et international. Quelles sont les méthodologies, les théories et les questions pratiques et les difficultés liées à la recherche dans le domaine des migrations forcées? Comment les méthodes de recherche propres aux sciences humaines sont-elles adaptées à l’étude des migrants forcés qui sont souvent en mouvement et dans une situation vulnérable? Comment le point de vue de différents chercheurs peut-il varier en fonction de leur position ou de leur statut d’universitaire, de représentant gouvernemental, de décideur, de représentant du milieu associatif, d’avocat, de défenseur des droits humains ou de migrant forcé? Dans le cadre de ce thème, nous sollicitons entre autres des présentations  sur des recherches empiriques portant sur des situations de déplacements forcés et qui ont pour but d’explorer ces situations, de faire des comparaisons, de tester des théories,  ou d’examiner les politiques dans une variété de contextes nationaux et internationaux.

SOUMISSION DE COMMUNICATIONS

Les personnes qui souhaitent présenter une communication individuelle, une proposition de panel, ou organiser une table-ronde ou toute autre événement lors de la Conférence sont priées soumettre un résumé de 250 mots de leur communication ou des présentations composant le panel ou la table-ronde, ainsi qu’une note biographique de 100 mots via le site internet de la conférence :

http://carfmsconference.yorku.ca.

Les informations relatives à la soumission des propositions sont disponibles à l’adresse suivante: http://carfmsconference.yorku.ca/index.php?conference=carfms13&schedConf=carfms13&page=announcement&op=view&path[]=30

La date limite des soumissions est le 15 novembre 2012.

Pour plus d’information, prière de contacter  Michele Millard : mmillard@yorku.ca

Start here to submit a paper to this conference.
Step one of the submission process

 

Call for Presentations: 28th ALNAP Meeting on Evidence and Knowledge in Humanitarian Action

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Call for presentations: 28th ALNAP Meeting on Evidence and Knowledge in Humanitarian Action

The ALNAP Secretariat, on behalf of the Network, invites humanitarian practitioners, academics, and other suitably qualified individuals and organisations to make proposals for presentations at the 28th Annual Meeting taking place in Washington, D.C. in the week of 4 March 2013 (date subject to final confirmation).

Presentations are particularly welcome from members of the ALNAP Network and should focus on new learning and emerging best practice in the understanding of evidence and in the collection, analysis and use of evidence in humanitarian action. There are two conference themes:

  1. Building an evidence base for humanitarian action: methodologies and approaches for the collection and analysis of information and evidence in humanitarian action
  2. Getting evidence used: ensuring the use of evidence in strategy, policy and operations

Please see the Call for presentations for more details, including a list of indicative topics.

Abstracts should be sent to the Secretariat by Friday, 16 November 2012.

Link for Further Details:  http://www.alnap.org/story/128.aspx

 

Course: Post Graduate Certificate Refugee & Forced Migration Issues

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Details of the Post Graduate Certificate Refugee & Forced Migration Issues at York University in Canada.

From the Program Summary:

This non-degree certificate program will consist of three 38-hour courses for a total of 114 hours. The overall goal of the program is to improve the settlement experiences of refugees by strengthening the programs and services that assist them. Participants will build on their own professional experiences. They will better understand: national and international legal and immigration policies and their rationale, the experiences of refugees from diverse backgrounds, and be able to recognize and address the psychosocial needs of their clients.

Pedagogy: The Program will be offered online via Moodle. It will consist of a combination of readings, power point presentations with synched media-site live video presentation of the instructor. In order to ensure/encourage interaction, on-line discussions will be used to enhance feedback between instructor and students.

For further details click here.

 

Event: Community Conversation: Responding to young asylum seekers’ trauma – VU

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Community Conversation: Responding to young asylum seekers’ trauma – VU

Footscray, Thursday, 1 November 2012

Please join Social Work, welfare, and community development staff, students, and field colleagues for our

Community Conversation: Responding to young asylum seekers trauma

with Professor Louise Newman, AM, Professor of Developmental Psychiatry at Monash University, Chair of the Detention Expert Health Advisory Group and Convenor of the Alliance of Health Professionals for Asylum Seekers

Drawing on recent research, our guest will discuss the trauma suffered by young asylum seekers in immigration detention, and will explore both advocacy and direct practice responses to their needs in detention centres and in the community.

Details

When: Thursday, 1 November
Time:   3pm-5pm
Where:  Lecture Theatre M001, Building M, Victoria University Footscray Park Campus, Ballarat Road, Footscray
http://www.vu.edu.au/campuses/footscray-park

RSVP:  By 29th October 2012 to ssp.dropbox@vu.edu.au  or Phone 9919 4673

SOURCE: The School of Social Sciences and Psychology and the School of Community Services Victoria University

Link to flyer Responding to Young Asylum Seekers’ Trauma_CCVUTinvitation

Seminar: Rescuing Migrants in Libya: The Political Economy of State Responses to Migration Crisis – The Case of Ghana

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The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) has the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on:

Rescuing Migrants in Libya: The Political Economy of State Responses to Migration Crisis
– The Case of Ghana
Tuesday, 30 October 2012, 14.00-15.45

Danish Institute for International Studies
Nordskov Meeting Room,
Wilders Plads 8H, 3rd floor, 1401 Copenhagen K

Background

When war broke out in Libya in 2011, an estimated 1.5 million labour migrants in the country were affected. Sub-Saharan migrants – widely accused of being Gaddafi’s mercenaries – found themselves in particularly difficult circumstances. The upheavals in Mali, following the return of Touareg armed groups, are well-known. But what is the situation in other African states?

This seminar examines the involuntary return of Ghanaians labour migrants from Libya. Following migrant appeals for help and mounting public pressure, Ghana engaged in rescue missions, bringing her nationals ‘back home’ from the war. By July 2012, more than 18,500 Ghanaian migrants had been repatriated to Ghana and registered by the authorities. Other than that, state assistance has been very limited. The Ghanaian case raises questions concerning why and how the state respond to their migrant populations in times of crises. Which rationalities and technologies are state interventions based upon? And which historical and contemporary mobility regimes and political economy do they reflect?

Speaker

George M. Bob-Milliar is based at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, and is currently a visiting researcher in the Migration unit at DIIS. His work focuses on democratization in Africa, African Diaspora, chieftaincy, and Ghanaian migration patterns. Bob-Milliar has received several prizes for his work, which has been published in African Affairs, Africa, Urban Anthropology, and the Journal of Modern African Studies, amongst others journals.

Programme

14.00-14.15       Arrival and Coffee

14.15-14.25       Introduction
                        Nauja Kleist, Senior Researcher, DIIS

14.25-14.55       Rescuing Migrants in Libya: The Political Economy of
State Responses to Migration Crisis – The Case of Ghana
                        George Bob-Milliar, Visiting Researcher, DIIS

14.55-15.05       Discussant
                        Finn Stepputat, Senior Researcher, DIIS

15.05-15.45       Open Discussion

Chair: Nauja Kleist, Senior Researcher, DIIS

Practical Information

The seminar will be held in English.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use below online registration form no later than Monday, 29 October 2012 at 12.00 noon.

Registration

Yes please, I would like to register for the DIIS event mentioned above:
Full Name, Organisation, and E-mail must be filled out. If a field is not filled out, the form cannot be sent

Please await confirmation by e-mail from DIIS for participation. If you have not received a confirmation from us within 2 workdays, please contact us directly, email: event@diis.dk or telephone +45 32 69 87 51.

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Call for Papers: Forced Migration Review (FMR) Issue on Fragile States

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Forced Migration Review issue 43 – to be published in April/May 2013 – will include a feature on ‘Fragile states’.

Deadline for submission of articles: January 7th 2013

The combination of conflict and what is known as ‘state fragility’ has been a major driver of forced displacement in many parts of the world. The international system gives the state primary responsibility for the well-being and rights of its citizens and others present within its borders. Yet when the state itself is caught up in internal conflict, or lacking in authority, stability, capacity and governance systems or legitimacy, or any combination of these, the welfare and rights of displaced people can be severely compromised. Little of what is written about ‘fragile states’, however, deals explicitly with forced migration.

See full call for articles at www.fmreview.org/fragilestates

The FMR Editors invite reflective, analytical and practice-oriented submissions focusing on situations of forced displacement which address questions such as the following:

·         What is the relationship between state fragility and displacement?

·         To what extent does forced migration contribute to state fragility, within particular states, or across regions?

·         What is it about state fragility that is most likely to result in forced displacement?

·         How useful are emerging concepts like survival migration and crisis migration for thinking about flight from fragile states?

·         To what extent is weak governance a significant factor in environmental displacement?

·         What special challenges does forced migration pose for processes of ‘state building’ and post-conflict reconstruction?

·         Does ‘state building’ or the attempt to reduce state fragility produce improved protection for displaced people? Is it possible to build state capacity to address displacement issues?

·         As regards fragile states, what assistance strategies are effective or ineffective in addressing the needs of displaced people or contributing to the achievement of durable solutions for refugees and IDPs?

·         Can fragile states be held to account for their obligations in respect of displaced people?

·         How do displaced people claim their rights when the state from which they should be able to claim them is ‘fragile’? And what role does the international community have in this respect?

·         How does originating from fragile states affect refugees’ chances of obtaining asylum or achieving a durable solution for their displacement?

·         Are people fleeing fragile states adequately covered by the existing refugee definition and existing normative frameworks?

·         How should the international community adjust its attitudes or practices in respect of people displaced within or from fragile states?

·         Are there particular issues and strategies to be considered in relation to gender and age when responding to people displaced within or from fragile states ?

·         What roles can and do IDPs and refugees play in improving the lot of their compatriots in fragile states?

Maximum length of article for submission: 2,500 words

Please note that space is always at a premium in FMR and that published articles are usually shorter than this maximum length.  Your article, if accepted for publication, may well be shortened but you will of course be consulted about any editing changes.

If you plan to submit an article, please consult our Guide for authors at www.fmreview.org/writing-fmr  If possible please let us know in advance what particular aspect/s you propose to write about; email us at fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

We also welcome articles on other subjects relating to forced migration for consideration for publication in the ‘general articles’ section of the issue.

We would be grateful if you would forward this email to those whom you think might be interested in the theme.

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Call for Papers: Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers

Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers Interdisciplinary conference on migration jointly organised by the NORFACE Research Programme on Migration and the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at UCL 10 – 13 April, 2013 University College London Paper submission deadline: 16 December, 2012

Call for Papers:  http://www.norface-migration.org/sites/index.php?site=5&page=1

Further Information:

Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers

To download the poster for the call for papers, please click here

Invited Academic Speakers include: Richard Alba, Jagdish Bhagwati, François Bourguignon, Leah Boustan, David Card, Barry Chiswick, Claudia Diehl, Frederic Docquier, Ayse Guveli, Jens Hainmueller, Anthony Heath, Jennifer Hunt, Frank Kalter, Ethan Lewis, Mirca Madianou, Valentina Mazzucato, David McKenzie, Judi Mesman, Kaivan Munshi, Giovanni Peri, Lucinda Platt, Imran Rasul and Jeffrey Reitz.

Academic Podia on:

  • Transnational and Multicultural Lives
  • Ethnicity, Religion and Discrimination
  • First and Second Generation Migrants
  • Migration and Knowledge Spill-overs
  • Migration and Development
  • New Frontiers in Migration Data

Policy Podia on:

  • How should Governments Best Address World Trends in Migration?
  • Migration: the Key Challenge for the EU?

Invitation to submit: The NORFACE Research Programme on Migration and the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at UCL are jointly organising a large interdisciplinary conference on migration.  The conference will be held from 10th – 13th April, 2013 at University College London. It will feature invited talks, contributed sessions and a number of academic podia on topics at the frontier of the migration research agenda, as well as two policy events, where high level practitioners, politicians and media representatives will discuss migration related issues.

We welcome scholars from economics, sociology, psychology, demography, anthropology, development studies, and other disciplines with an interest in migration issues, to submit innovative papers on any aspect related to migration.  Papers and abstracts should be submitted electronically,  using the on-line submission link below.

Submission Guidelines: Submissions for presentation should include an abstract (max. 250 words) and a full paper.

Submission Deadline: Submissions of full papers (pdf files) for contributed sessions are expected by 16th December, 2012.

To submit a paper, please click here

Acceptance decisions will be communicated to the submitters by 31st January, 2013.

Presentation Format: The selected papers will be grouped by category. There will be parallel sessions, with four presentations in each session. Each parallel session will be two hours long. Each presenter will be allocated 30 minutes, including time for discussion.

Other: Travel and accommodation expenses should be covered by the participants themselves. However, there will be a limited number of registration fee waivers for participants under exceptional circumstances.

 

Refugee Archive: Off Air Recording Requests, WB 28/10/2012

The following off-air recording requests have been made for the Refugee Council Archive for the week beginning 28 October, 2012.  Full details of the programmes requested are as follows:

Sunday 28 October

1900-2000: BBC2: (3/6) Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve. (Part 3 – Kenya to Somaliland)

2100-2200: BBC1: (6/8).  Andrew Marr’s History of the World (Series 1 Part 5: Revolution).  Series Recording.

2100-2200: Channel 4: (4/12). Homeland.  (Series 2 Part 4 – New Car Smell).  Series Recording.

Monday 29 October

2320-0020: BBC1: (3/3) Our War.  (Series 2 Part 3 – The Lost Platoon).  Series Recording.

Tuesday 30 October

2235-2330: BBC1: Britain’s Hidden Hungry.

Wednesday 31 October

2100-2200: BBC1: (2/3) Brazil with Michael Palin. (Series 1 Part 2 – Into Amazonia). Series Recording.

 Friday 2 November.

1930-1955: Channel 4: Unreported World – (Episode 1 – USA: Talk-radio Nation).  Whole Series Requested.

 

New Publications on Canada; the Middle East; Syria; and Return Migration

Publications on Canada:

*New Canadian Law Attempts to Block Bogus Refugees (The Asylumist, Oct. 2012) [text]

Shaping the Future: Canada’s Rapidly Changing Immigration Policies (Maytree, Oct. 2012) [access]

Update on Impact of Federal Cuts to Refugee Health Services (Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, Sept. 2012) [text]

*Whither Refugee Protection in the Changes to the Canadian and British Asylum Systems?, Presentation to RLI Seminar, 17 Oct. 2012 [text]

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Publications on the Middle East:

Iranian Defects at UN General Assembly: A New Case for Political Asylum (HR Brief Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

Refugees in the Middle East Peace Process: Evaluating the Impasse (PRRN Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

Restricted Existence: A Study of the Social Dynamics and Legal Challenges Faced by Non-camp Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon, IMES Capstone Paper Series (George Washington University, May 2012) [text]

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Publications on Syria:

Amnesty “Deeply Alarmed” at UK Government Attempt to Return Syrian Activist to Damascus (Amnesty International UK, Oct. 2012) [text]

Analysis: Not-so-open Borders for Syrian Refugees? (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

Back From the Field: Turkey, Jordan & Iraq (Refugees International, Oct. 2012) [text]
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Europe: Act Now to Help Refugees Fleeing Syria (Amnesty International, Oct. 2012) [text]

Iraq/Turkey: Open Borders to All Syrian Refugees (Human Rights Watch, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Syria’s Refugees Face a Bleak Winter,” The Lancet, vol. 30, no. 9851 (Oct. 2012) [full-text]

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Lebanon, Syrian Instability, and the Risks of Sunni-Shiite Competition.
Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies
[Download Full Report]
(Source: DocuBase)

Losing Syria (And How to Avoid It).
Brookings Institution.
[Download Commentary]
(Source: DocuBase)

Publications on Return Migration:

International Migration

International Migration

Return Migration: The Experience of Eastern Europe.
A new article by Reiner Martin and Dragos Radu.
International Migration –Volume 50, Issue 6, pages 109–128, December 2012.
From the Abstract:

Over the last decade, a significant share of the labour force in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has been exposed to work spells abroad followed by return migration. Although there is a growing literature on CEE return migration, most previous studies are country-specific and no enquiry for the region as a whole has been undertaken so far. In this paper, we attempt to fill this gap. We collate data from the European Union (EU) Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS) for a cross-country analysis of return migration in CEE countries. The aim of the paper is threefold. We first review the available evidence and literature on the characteristics and labour market behaviour of return migrants in CEE countries. Second, we provide a descriptive analysis of recent returnees using EU-LFS data. Third, we specifically analyse the income premia for work experience abroad, the occupational choices and the selectivity patterns of recent returnees in CEE countries from a cross-country perspective. Consistent with previous results, we find that the average income premia for work abroad range between 10 per cent and 45 per cent. Migrants are less likely to actively participate in the labour market upon return. They are, however, more likely to choose self-employment rather than dependent employment upon return. Recent migrants are also more likely to experience spells of unemployment in the first year after their return. The latter two findings are reversed, however, when adjusting for the unobserved heterogeneity of return migrants and for regional effects.

[Abstract and Further Information]