Daily Archives: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Course: Psychosocial Interventions in Emergency Displacement

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Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is offering a:

Course in Psychosocial Interventions in Emergency Displacement III Edition, A.Y. 2012-2013 Pisa, 4 – 16 March 2013

Key facts:

Location: Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna’s campus, Pisa, Italy

Length: 12 days, Monday-Saturday, full time Working language: English Scientific Board: Prof. Andrea de Guttry (Scuola Sant’Anna), Prof. Guglielmo Schininà (IOM Geneva), and Prof. Renos K. Papadopoulos (University of Essex) Faculty includes: Felicity de Zulueta (King’s College in London), Nina Papadopoulos (Indep. Consultant), Leslie Snider (War Trauma Foundation), Emmanuel Streel (UN Consultant), Peter Ventevogel (TPO), Oussama Safa (ESCWA).

Participants:

The maximum number of participants is set at 30.

10 places are reserved to qualified IOM professionals/consultants that will be identified directly by IOM.

20 places will be assigned by the Scuola to qualified candidates following a public selection process.

For more information and to apply online go to: http://www.sssup.it/context.jsp?ID_LINK=11297&area=46

Application deadlines: First Round – **7 January 2013** | Second Round – 4 February 2013

Applicants not having EU citizenship are strongly encouraged to apply for admission in the First Round, in order to have enough time to obtain their visa for Italy.

Description

The focus of the Course is on providing a given frame of understanding of the psychosocial dimension of displacement and crisis-affected societies, while presenting harmonized ethics, approaches and tools associated with psychosocial support. The rationale of the course follows two paradigms: the intervention pyramid for MHPSS supports in emergency, and the psychosocial approach model which looks at the interconnectedness of the social, psychological and cultural anthropological aspects in responses, trying to identify best models and tools to look at this interconnection through the different level of the intervention pyramid.

The Course will enable participants to acknowledge the complexity of MHPSS Interventions in crisis situations, conceptualize holistic responses, understand the interrelation of the different sectorial responses and gain advanced specific knowledge in each sector of intervention. More in particular, it aims to acquaint participants with knowledge and skills in: Mental health and psychosocial paradigms in displacement: psychological, social, cultural and anthropological perspectives; International standards in MHPSS in Emergencies; How to foster a non-harmful humanitarian assistance in camp set up and coordination, health, food and non food items distribution; Principles of psychological first aid and psychological counselling; Care for the most vulnerables and referral; Medical/non medical responses; Small scale conflict management and transitional justice; Participatory needs assessment; Creative and art based interventions; Emergency psychosocial project cycle.

Target group

The course addresses the needs of psychologists, social workers, educators-teachers, medical doctors and psychiatrists, nurses, applied artists (e.g. dance therapists), humanitarian workers, emergency experts, development workers or similar, who meet the following minimum requirements:

– Have at least a 3 years University degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines.

– Have at least 2 years of work experience in a related field.

– Have a proficient working knowledge of English.

Knowledge of any other language and/or any further relevant training, voluntary or professional experience would be an asset.  Relevant publications are also an advantage.

Methodology

The Course has a practical orientation and relies heavily on case studies to enhance participants’ skills and abilities to effectively provide psychosocial support. Practical exercises will include advanced role-playing and simulations. The participants’ and trainers’ field experience will be captured within sessions especially dedicated to knowledge and lessons learned sharing.

Contact person:

Course Project Officer: Ms Alessia Lenci
E-mail: a.lenci@sssup.it
web: http://www.sssup.it/context.jsp?ID_LINK=11297&area=46

 

Call for Papers: Examining Migration Dynamics

Theorizing the Evolution of European Migration Systems (THEMIS)
Examining Migration Dynamics: Networks and Beyond
24-26 September 2013
Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

Keynote speakers include:

– Thomas Faist (Bielefeld University)

– Douglas Massey (Princeton University)

– Ewa Morawska (University of Essex)

The conference

Why do some migrants set off the movement of thousands of people, while others are followed only by a few, or remain virtually alone in the destination country? Some answers can be found in the variation in economic and social conditions in different places. Another vital part of the puzzle relates to the historical, social and cultural practices of migration: those who move now are following in the footsteps of those who left before. This conference examines how enduring patterns of migration emerge, are sustained and decline; the mechanisms by which the migration processes of yesterday influence those of today; and the role of the migrant as a social actor in the face of these historical and social processes.

This THEMIS conference will take an inter-disciplinary approach to migration dynamics drawing on  comparative studies of international and internal migration processes. We welcome contributions covering both origin and destination countries/regions. There will be three main themes:

• Emergence and development of migration systems: What explains the emergence and establishment of migration systems? With time, the initial moves of pioneer migrants might result in relatively stable patterns of migration which exhibit their own dynamics. Cumulative causation, the emergence of a system, may not however be concerned with passing a threshold in numbers; low levels of migration between particular localities, either in the international or internal domain, may also be associated with system dynamics. We invite papers exploring the evolution and the life of migration systems – their beginnings, development, and sustenance, but also their potential weakening and decline.

• Feedback processes in migration: Migration between localities is influenced by a set of factors not limited solely to conditions posed by these two contexts – that of origin, and that of destination – but also including previous histories as well as social and cultural conditions of movement. It is important to examine a range of mechanisms by which these feedback processes operate. This enquiry takes us beyond a narrow focus on networks to include interactions such as those with the state, employers, travel agencies, educational establishments and new connections created by social media and ICT. We invite papers concerned with these various forms of feedback and its transmission, critically re-thinking the role of migration networks and their composition, as well as examining emerging forms of indirect feedback, and their potential contribution to the evolution of systems over time.

• Migrants as social actors: How is the migration of an individual intertwined with the migratory movements of others? The role of agency of migrants is often missing from an analysis of migration systems. Such agency, in an interplay with other structural factors, helps to explain why, once started, migration processes tend to gain their own momentum. This theme challenges the determinism which pervades much of the earlier work on systems and incorporates a richer analysis of the agency of social actors in migration processes. We invite papers exploring the role of pioneer migrants, or how early migrants shape subsequent migrations, as well as papers highlighting the rich texture of various migration cultures.

Submission of abstracts

We invite contributions within the three conference themes. We also welcome papers covering overarching issues that straddle the themes, for example: the methodological challenges of multi-sited and mixed methods research, or the relationship between broader social theory and migration processes.

Submissions should be clearly marked as falling into one of the following five areas:

– Emergence and development of migration systems

– Feedback processes in migration

– Migrants as social actors

– Methodology

– Cross-cutting

Abstracts of up to 300 words maximum to be submitted by **15 January 2013**

Notification of acceptance to be made by March 2013

Submission of full papers in English required by 1 August 2013

For more information, including instructions for submission of abstracts and details about registration please visit www.imi.ox.ac.uk/research-projects/themis/conference2013

Contributions from scholars in the global South are welcomed.

If you have any queries relating to the conference, please email themis@qeh.ox.ac.uk

The THEMIS project

The conference is being organised as part of the culmination of the THEMIS project – Theorizing the Evolution of European Migration Systems. This four-year project funded by NORFACE has been a  collaborative venture between researchers at the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford (UK), the Peace Research Institute Oslo (Norway), the Department of Sociology, Erasmus University (Netherlands), and the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, Lisbon University (Portugal). We also closely collaborate with partners in Ukraine (National Academy of Sciences, Kiev), Brazil (Universidade do Vale do Rio Doce, Governador Valadares) and Morocco (National Institute of Statistics and Economics, Rabat).

This project set out to understand the development of migration systems and to answer the question: why do some migration processes, once started, tend to gain their own momentum? This question has implications for migration theory, trying to bridge the divide between theories explaining the initiation of migration processes and those explaining their continuation. For more details see: www.imi.ox.ac.uk/research-projects/themis

Funders

THEMIS is funded by NORFACE, New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe, which is a partnership between 14 research councils designed to increase co-operation in research and research policy in Europe. The project is part of the NORFACE transnational Research Programme on Migration: www.norface.org/migration-projects.html .  IMI is a member of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University, and received additional funding from Dr James Martin (founder of the School) to match the THEMIS grant from NORFACE: www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk

 

[IIAS Workshop] Harnessing Counter-Culture to Construct Identity: Mapping Dalit Cultural Heritage in Contemporary India. Leiden, 7 – 8 December 2012

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In order to critically engage with the emerging trajectories of Dalit cultural heritage, IIAS in collaboration with LIAS is organizing a two-day international workshop for which you are cordially invited.

Harnessing Counter-Culture to Construct Identity: Mapping Dalit Cultural Heritage in Contemporary India

Date
7 – 8 December 2012

Venue
Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities, Lipsius Building (room 148), Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden

Convenor
Prof. Ronki Ram, ICCR Professor of Contemporary India Studies, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies & International Institute for Asian Studies

About the seminar
Dalits in contemporary India are closely engaged in a herculean task of building their exclusive centres of Dalit cultural heritage at the local as well as national levels. Through this engaging but challenging process of constructing Dalit cultural heritage they are in fact exhibiting their dormant and long cherished will to build a separate Dalit identity which could help them gain dignity and visibility in the hitherto dominated public sphere in the mainstream Indian society. Dalits hardly figure anywhere in the most sought after popular centers of cultural heritage in India. They often attribute their conspicuous absence in the mainstream cultural heritage centers to their historic exclusion from the civil society as well as to the dominant discriminatory social structures that relegated them to the periphery in the name of low caste birth based as it was on Varnashramdhrama (four-fold Hindu social order). They also allege that their rich indigenous cultural heritage was deliberately made oblivious simply to keep them away from the corridors of power.

The nascent ongoing diverse Dalit cultural heritage project seems to coalesce tradition and modernity. In their (Dalits) concerted efforts of constructing Dalit cultural heritage, the tradition ceases to be a value of the past and the modernity loses its aura in the fast acclimatising present in the images of yesterdays. It is in this critical context that tradition and modernity are acquiring new meanings and nuances to the advantage of the socially excluded sections of the society. Consequently, this has led to a sort of perennial conflict between the hitherto dominant communities and the ex-untouchables who find in their resurfacing cultural heritage a hope of reclaiming their long-overdue share in the local/national structures of power.

Information and Registration
Registration is free of charge. Please visit our website for the programme and to register:
http://bit.ly/XAvgWK

For more information please contact Ms. Titia van der Maas at t.van.der.maas@iias.nl

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Call for Papers: Iraq – 10 years on

Iraq – 10 years on
conflicts – migrations – futures
a multi-disciplinary conference at The American University in Cairo(Tahrir Campus)
3-4 June 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS
March 19 2003 was one of the signal moments of the early 21st century. Invasion of Iraq, followed by “regime change” and transformation of the political system, was to have profound consequences – locally, regionally and at the global level. These have seldom been examined systematically: with partial withdrawal of occupying armies the Iraq crisis is often declared to be “over”, its impacts largely ignored by politicians and media outside the country.

A decade after the events of 2003, this conference considers how invasion, occupation and reconstruction have affected Iraq, Iraqis, and regional and international politics. It addresses four key issues:

 political and economic change     outcomes for regional/ international politics
 migration in and from Iraq         cultural impacts in Iraq and the diaspora

Iraq and the region
Few societies have undergone such rapid and controversial change as that experienced in Iraq since 2003. The political order has been radically reshaped, a new economic agenda has been emplaced and Kurdish regional authorities have assumed a governmental role. Iraq has meanwhile become one of the world’s largest source countries for refugees; almost equal numbers of Iraqis have been “internally” displaced.

People formerly excluded from Iraqi politics have secured new positions of authority, while some who enjoyed privileged status have been marginalised. Inequalities have become more pronounced: a minority has been enriched, while millions of Iraqis have for the first time been classified as “urban poor”. Similar changes are evident in a diaspora that has increased greatly in size and extent – some refugees have prospered while most face economic disadvantage and general insecurity.

There have been significant impacts in the Arab region. Protests over invasion and occupation of Iraq have contributed to grassroots activism – especially in Egypt, where they are seen retrospectively as markers of change that finally brought revolution in 2011. The idea of “regime change” by means of external intervention continues to influence debates on political transformation, notably in the cases of Libya and Syria. At the same time, Iraqis – now widely dispersed across the Arab region – have been largely excluded from public discussion about events which profoundly changed their lives.

Papers and publications
Iraq – 10 Years On will take place on 3 and 4 June 2013 at the Tahrir Campus of The American University in Cairo. It will be hosted by AUC’s Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS), School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP), and sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.The organisers invite papers, including joint contributions and panels, from across the academic disciplines and especially from social scientists, historians and others who have recently conducted research on Iraq and Iraqis. We also invite participation from writers, artists, film-makers and others involved in cultural activity. Key papers will be published in one or more volumes which will break new ground by reflecting on the long-term outcomes of 2003 for Iraq and its people, and the impact of recent events upon Arab society.

There will be limited funding available to support travel and accommodation in Cairo: priority will be given to Iraqi scholars and researchers, and to young academics. Please send an abstract of not more than 300 words to the Organising Committee, email: iraq10years@yahoo.com by 31 January 2013.

The Organising Committee is convened by: Prof Keiko Sakai (Chiba University, Japan),
Prof Ibrahim Awad (The American University in Cairo), Prof Dawn Chatty (University of Oxford),
Prof Raymond Hinnebusch (University of St Andrews), Prof. Mahmoud al-Qaysi (University of Baghdad)
and Prof Philip Marfleet (University of East London)

New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance and the Middle East

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/

Aid to Syria: Winning Friends and Influence (IRIN, Nov. 2012) [text]

Beyond the ‘French Doctors’: The Evolution and Interpretation of Humanitarian Action in France, HPG Working Paper (ODI, Oct. 2012) [text]

Cultures of Humanitarianism: Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific, Keynotes, no. 11 (Australian National University, Sept. 2012) [text]

Humanitarian Policy Notes (Oxfam) [access]
– “A series of short papers on Oxfam’s positions on the important issues facing humanitarian response to conflicts and natural disasters.”

Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (Protection Cluster, Oct. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Aid to Syria: Winning Friends and Influence (IRIN, Nov. 2012) [text]

Desperate Choices: Conditions, Risks and Protection Failures Affecting Ethiopian Migrants in Yemen (DRC &Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat, Oct. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, vol. 28, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]
– Special theme issue with 10 articles focusing on “Iraqi refugees” in Australia, Egypt, Europe, Indonesia, Jordan, Syria, and the U.S.

Syria Crisis: An Update on the Humanitarian Response, London, 31 Aug. 2012 [info]
Report for second roundtable.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Role of the European Union (Amnesty International, CCME & ECRE, Nov. 2012) [text]

Syrian Refugees: Who Will Tell Their Story? (Refugees International Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

Libya: “We are foreigners, we have no rights”: The plight of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Libya
Amnesty International.

In a prevailing atmosphere of lawlessness and xenophobia, undocumented foreign nationals in Libya are at continuous risk of exploitation, arbitrary and indefinite detention in harsh conditions, as well as physical beatings. Even so, the EU seeks to prevent at any cost foreign nationals from reaching Europe, including those fleeing war and persecution. For now, foreign nationals have nowhere to turn to seek justice and redress. Urgent action is needed to end the indefinite detention, violence and other abuses suffered by foreign nationals in Libya.

[Download Full Report]

New Publications from Human Rights Watch and Selected Advance Access Articles

Human Rights Watch Reports:

“Tell Them That I Want to Kill Them”

“Tell Them That I Want to Kill Them”

“Tell Them That I Want to Kill Them”:Two Decades of Impunity in Hun Sen’s Cambodia.
By Human Rights Watch.

This 68-page report documents key cases of unsolved killings of political activists, journalists, opposition politicians, and others by Cambodian security forces since the 1991 Paris Agreements, which were signed by 18 countries, including the five permanent United Nations Security Council members. The Paris Agreements and the subsequent United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission were supposed to usher in a new era of democracy, human rights, and accountability in Cambodia. More than 300 people have been killed in politically motivated attacks since then, yet not one case has resulted in a credible investigation and conviction.

[Download the full report]

“The Law Was Against Me”

“The Law Was Against Me”

“The Law Was Against Me”:Migrant Women’s Access to Protection for Family Violence in Belgium.
By Human Rights Watch.

This 59-page report found three major protection gaps for migrant women who experience domestic violence in that country. Women who migrate to Belgium to join a husband or partner may face deportation if they report the violence during the period when their status is being confirmed, as do undocumented migrant women. And domestic violence victims, especially undocumented women, lack adequate access to shelters.

[Download the report]
Read the Press Release – Belgium: Abused Migrant Women Fear Deportation

Death of a Dictator

Death of a Dictator

Death of a Dictator: Bloody Vengeance in Sirte
by Human Rights Watch

This 58-page report details the final hours of Muammar Gaddafi’s life and the circumstances under which he was killed. It presents evidence that Misrata-based militias captured and disarmed members of the Gaddafi convoy and, after bringing them under their total control, subjected them to brutal beatings. They then executed at least 66 captured members of the convoy at the nearby Mahari Hotel. The evidence indicates that opposition militias took Gaddafi’s wounded son Mutassim from Sirte to Misrata and killed him there.

Under the laws of war, the killing of captured combatants is a war crime, and Libyan civilian and military authorities have an obligation to investigate war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law.

[Download the full report]
Read the Press Release – Libya: New Proof of Mass Killings at Gaddafi Death Site

Selected Advance Access Articles

Creating a Frame: A Spatial Approach to Random Sampling of Immigrant Households in Inner City Johannesburg
By Gayatri Singh and Benjamin D. Clark
Journal of Refugee Studies.
Link:-  http://jrs.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/10/27/jrs.fes031.1.short?rss=1

Sampling in an Urban Environment: Overcoming Complexities and Capturing Differences.
By Joanna Vearey
Journal of Refugee Studies
Link:-  http://jrs.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/10/27/jrs.fes032.1.short?rss=1

Gutters, Gates, and Gangs: Collaborative Sampling in ‘Post-Violence’ Johannesburg.
By Jean-Pierre Misago and Loren B. Landau.
Journal of Refugee Studies.
Link:-  http://jrs.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/10/27/jrs.fes033.1.short?rss=1

Quantitative Methodological Dilemmas in Urban Refugee Research: A Case Study of Johannesburg.
By Darshan Vigneswaran and Joel Quirk.
Journal of Refugee Studies
Link:-  http://jrs.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/10/27/jrs.fes035.1.short?rss=1

Readmission Agreements of EU Member States: A Case for EU Subsidiarity or Dualism?
By Marion Panizzon.
Refugee Survey Quarterly.
Link:- http://rsq.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/11/02/rsq.hds014.short?rss=1

 

New Publications on Human Rights Indicators; Afghan Asylum Seekers in the UK; Ethiopian migrants in Yemen; Transatlantic Trends; China; the Housing and Migration Network

HUMAN RIGHTS INDICATORS A Guide to Measurement

HUMAN RIGHTS INDICATORS A Guide to Measurement

HUMAN RIGHTS INDICATORS A Guide to Measurement.
By the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 2012.

The human rights journey from standard-setting to effective implementation depends, in large  measure, on the availability of appropriate tools  for policy formulation and evaluation. Indicators,  both quantitative and qualitative, are one such essential tool.
While the importance of indicators for the realization  of human rights is widely recognized, and even  enshrined in human rights treaties, as in article 31
of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with  Disabilities, their use has not yet become systematic.  The present Guide will help in filling this gap.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Librarians and Human Rights blog).

Broken futures: young Afghan asylum seekers in the UK
and on return to their country of origin.
UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research – Research Paper No. 246.
By Catherine Gladwell.
[Download Full Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR).

Desperate choices – Conditions, risks and protection failures affecting Ethiopian migrants in Yemen Oct 2012.
A new report by the Danish Refugee Council.

A joint report of the Danish Refugee Council (Regional Office for the Horn of Africa & Yemen) with the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS). The research and publication of this report is funded by the European Commission and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Article – Over 51,000 Ethiopian refugees entered Yemen since July 2012).

Transatlantic Trends 2012.
By the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

From the Forward: Over more than a decade, Transatlantic Trends has become the preeminent source of U.S. and European public opinion on a host of transatlantic issues, including common foreign policy challenges, support for NATO, the economy, and the rise of other world powers. The data provided by the surveys have become an invaluable tool for policymakers, the media, think tanks, and academics who have an impact on foreign policy decisions within their respective countries. In addition to producing original research, the survey’s goal is also to foster debate on the strategic policy goals, objectives, and values of the United States and Europe as members of the transatlantic community.

[Download the Key Findings and Access the Country Profiles]
(Source: DocuBase]

China and the International Human Rights System.
Source: Chatham House.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: DocuBase)

Housing associations and provision for destitute migrants
By the Housing and Migration Network.

The Housing and Migration Network has launched a destitution pack highlighting how housing associations and charities can work together to provide short-term housing, as well as the support needed, for destitute asylum seekers and other migrants in the UK. The destitution pack has been developed to help in particular, destitute asylum seekers who have no access to public funds but who have some prospect of regularising their status.   The pack is based on a Hope Housing model developed by Hope Projects in Birmingham.

[Download the Destitution Practice Pack October 2012 and also the Destitution Pack appendix October 2012]

The Housing and Migration Network has also published recent reports on:

  1. Findings of Metropolitan Migration Foundation survey on housing and migration
  2. Housing and Migration: A UK Guide to issues and solutions June 2012
  3. UK Migrants and the Private rented sector Full Report and Findings – February 2012
  4. Over Not Out: Research Report on LGBTI
Over Not Out: Research Report on LGBTI

Over Not Out: Research Report on LGBTI

The first ‘Over Not Out’ report has had a significant influence on UK policy and practice. Since it was published in 2009, the UK Border Agency began recording data on asylum claims based on sexual orientation and the Government Equalities Office developed and published two action plans on LGBT and Transgender equality, highlighting the main issues that LGBT people are facing and how these can be addressed.

Paul Birtill, Director of Metropolitan Migration Foundation said: “A lot has improved since our original report, however, there are still many challenges. For example, many interpreters haven’t been trained on LGBTI issues and housing strategies have largely ignored issues of migration, let alone LGBTI asylum seekers, despite previous commitments. There are still many LGBTI refugee and asylum seekers at risk of persecution in their home countries and unfortunately at risk of harassment and sexual and financial exploitation in the UK.”

(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – Housing and Migration Network launches a destitution pack).