Daily Archives: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Journal of Refugee Studies Advance Access for 26 Nov 2012

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Journal of Refugee Studies

Journal of Refugee Studies

Journal of Refugee Studies
Advance Access Alert
27 October 2012 to 26 November 2012

Further details on the Journal of Refugee Studies Advance Access Articles can be found here:  http://jrs.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?papetoc


Response to Landau
Paula Banerjee
Journal of Refugee Studies published 26 November 2012, 10.1093/jrs/fes038
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Response to Landau
Stephen Castles
Journal of Refugee Studies published 26 November 2012, 10.1093/jrs/fes037
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On Partnerships, Power and Policy in Researching Displacement
Elizabeth Ferris
Journal of Refugee Studies published 26 November 2012, 10.1093/jrs/fes036
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Representing ‘Hidden’ Populations: A Symposium on Sampling Techniques:  Sampling in an Urban Environment: Overcoming Complexities and Capturing Differences
Joanna Vearey
Journal of Refugee Studies published 27 October 2012, 10.1093/jrs/fes032
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Collecting Data on Migrants Through Service Provider NGOs: Towards Data Use and Advocacy
Tara Polzer Ngwato
Journal of Refugee Studies published 27 October 2012, 10.1093/jrs/fes034
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Creating a Frame: A Spatial Approach to Random Sampling of Immigrant Households in Inner City Johannesburg
Gayatri Singh and Benjamin D. Clark
Journal of Refugee Studies published 27 October 2012, 10.1093/jrs/fes031
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Quantitative Methodological Dilemmas in Urban Refugee Research: A Case Study of Johannesburg
Darshan Vigneswaran and Joel Quirk
Journal of Refugee Studies published 27 October 2012, 10.1093/jrs/fes035
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Gutters, Gates, and Gangs: Collaborative Sampling in ‘Post-Violence’ Johannesburg
Jean-Pierre Misago and Loren B. Landau
Journal of Refugee Studies published 27 October 2012, 10.1093/jrs/fes033
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Course: Northwestern Forced Migration Summer Institute 2013

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The Center for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS) at Northwestern University’s Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies is pleased to open registration for our 2013 Summer Institute. This year the focus of the Summer Institute is on the Refugee Status Determination Process and will take place from June 2nd-9th on our Evanston campus.

The Northwestern Center for Forced Migration Studies Summer Institute is an intensive eight-day, non-degree earning certificate program. Focused each year on a key topic of concern in the field of refugee studies, the Summer Institute is structured to provide participants expert knowledge and a forum to exchange ideas, build relationships, develop new approaches and policy recommendations and learn about new developments in the field. Past participants have included government officials, non-governmental organization personnel, university faculty and graduate students.

The 2013 Summer Institute on The Refugee Status Determination Process introduces participants to the legal basis for refugee status and the variations in how authorities in different countries determine whether an asylum-seeker is eligible for refugee status. It provides students with guidance and workshops on case preparation including taking testimony, evidence documentation, working with victims of trauma and with issues of credibility and includes a focus on special topics such as LGBTI and gang-related asylum claims and cases involving unaccompanied minors.

Faculty include: Deborah Anker (Harvard University); Barbara Harrell-Bond, (University of Oxford); Michael Kagan (University of Nevada, Las Vegas); Ruth Farrugia (University of Malta); Uzoamaka Nzliebe (Northwestern University); Miriam Marton (University of Connecticut) and representatives from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Asylum Division

The 2013 Summer Institute is targeted at UNHCR staff, government employees, NGO refugee case workers and practitioners, academics, law students and other graduate students seeking to expand their knowledge of critical elements of the refugee status determination process.

For more information and to register, visit our Summer Institute website at: http://www.bcics.northwestern.edu/programs/migration/summer.html

For more information about CFMS please visit:


Please don’t hesitate to contact the CFMS if you have any questions: cfms@northwestern.edu.

Thank you,

Galya Ruffer, Director, Center for Forced Migration Studies at the Buffett Center



Hosted by The Wiener Library on Thursday 27 September, the launch of Professor Philip Spencer’s new book, ‘Genocide Since 1945’, was well attended and thoroughly captivating. He spoke for approximately 45 minutes on the wider topic of genocide since 1945, a feat in itself given the effervescent debates and controversies residing within this history currently. Spencer began by listing numerous examples of genocide in the modern world, with statistics of lives lost. It’s shocking to think that out of the Holocaust came a convention which arguably has done absolutely nothing to stop mass murder of certain groups from happening. I was intrigued by Spencer’s provocation that the Holocaust was not unique, it was radical. The word ‘unique’ seems to be thrown around regularly by Holocaust historians and thinkers, yet Spencer is right to call them on it. Arguably, there have been many cases in history where large groups have been…

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Events: Two Refugee Week 2013 Programmes

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Refugee Week Conference 2013

Date: Friday 22nd February 2013
Time: 10am-4pm
Venue:Amnesty International UK,17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

This annual conference will give you the opportunity to hear about our upcoming plans for Refugee Week 2013 (17th-23rd June 2013) and get practical support for being involved on a national and local level, including setting up your own Refugee Week events.

We will be inviting you to join a number of creative workshops led by guest speakers who will be looking at areas such as: media and marketing; accessing local media; social media, Simple Acts and British history. Further details about the Conference programme will be released in the next few months.

This is a free event but places are limited. To reserve your place please contact jess@counterpointsarts.org.uk.


Wednesday 19th December, Tricycle Theatre, 11am-1pm (including lunch)

If you’re an artist or an organisation interested in the arts by, about and with refugees then come along to share updates and hear what others are doing in London.

This will be an informal meeting, a chance to make new contacts and exchange ideas. We’ll also update you on the latest plans for the national Platforma Festival in Autumn 2013 and for Refugee Week next June.

Please RSVP to jess@counterpointsarts.org.uk to reserve your free place. If you have any access or dietary requirements, please let us know.

After the meeting there will be live music from the fabulous Haymanot Tesfa. There will also be an opportunity to see the matinee of the Tricycle’s new show Arabian nights – let us know if you are interested in buying a ticket so that we can organise a group discount.

www.platforma.org.uk / www.refugeeweek.org.uk


Event: British Muslims and the Politics of Religious Diversity

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News from The Swadhinata Trust:

Dear Colleague,

REMINDER: British Muslims and the Politics of Religious Diversity

Following from ‘One Tower Hamlets for All’ programme and ‘Countering Extremism’ seminar held last year at Brick Lane Mosque we are inviting you to a follow up event (agenda attached) on Thursday 29th November 2012, 2pm-3.30pm at the Brick Lane Mosque, 59 Brick Lane. London E1 6QL. At the event we will also launch our Report ‘Countering Extremism’.

The purpose of this event is to bring insights from the project to policy-makers in on-going debates around the politics of religious diversity (e.g. countering extremism, local politics, interfaith partnerships) and to draw on the expertise of participants in finding practical ways to look at what steps could be taken as a way forward.

With warmest best wishes,

Jamil Iqbal                                           Dr Daniel Nilsson DeHanas
General Secretary                                               MPCG Muslim Participation Project
Swadhinata Trust                                                University of Bristol


Winter Short Courses January 13 – 31 2012 (Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at the American University in Cairo (AUC)

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From the Centre  for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at the American University in Cairo (AUC):

Winter Short Courses January 13-31 2012

 The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) is offering the following three short courses during the month of
January 2013:

  1. 1.      Community Interpretation: Practice and Policy in Migration Transit Countries (January 13 –17, 2013)

Course Description:  This course will bring together students of both migration studies and translation and interpretation studies, along with field practitioners in international agencies, NGOs, and governmental entities that provide services to migrants and refugees, for co-learning and interdisciplinary knowledge production on the intersections of migration and interpretation policy and field practice.

The course will examine key legal and rights concepts in migration and asylum, as well as ‘community interpretation’ theory and practice in legal, medical, mental health and aid settings for migrants and asylum seekers in transit countries.  Cases will emphasize the MENA-HOA migration trajectories, with examples from other regions incorporated as needed.  Over the course, students will build frameworks for analysing planning, coordination, training, and evaluation policies of interpretation and translation practice in migration and asylum field settings.

About the Instructor:   Alice Johnson is the Director of the Cairo Community Interpreter Project (CCIP), a training and outreach program of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at AUC.  She has worked as Spanish-English community interpreter and popular education trainer for over 17 years.  She has trained field interpreters working in aid agencies and NGOs in various countries, including Egypt, USA, Turkey, Hong Kong, Tanzania, Thailand, and others, and has provided technical assistance to various organizations on multi-language and interpretation planning and coordination, as a tool to improve service outcomes for refugee and migrant populations.

  1. 2.      From Arab Winter to Arab Spring: Refugee and Migration Movements in the Middle East and North Africa( January 20-  24, 2013 )

Course Description: For decades, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been plagued by a multitude of political and socio-economic challenges. Population displacement has featured prominently among these challenges, and is firmly embedded in the geo-political realities of inter-State and intra-State conflict, as well as predominantly undemocratic systems of governance, yet it does not feature prominently in the general study of the region. MENA hosts the world’s largest and longest-standing refugee problem: that of Palestinian refugees, in addition to millions of displaced Iraqis, and thousands of other displaced groups, including most recently and pressingly, from Syria, as a result of the conflict there. This course will analyze the trends, causes, and consequences of asylum and migration for individuals and societies in MENA during the Arab “Winter,” i.e. before the Arab “Spring,” while highlighting the political and historic context.  It will then go on to unpack and analyze the impact of the popular uprisings in 6 countries in the region on displacement movements, and policies and practices to address them. How has the protection regime in MENA fared in the wake of the Arab Spring?  What has been the impact on displacement patterns? Will the human rights discourse which has pervaded the uprisings in MENA have a positive effect on advocacy for refugee and migrant rights?  Or have the uprisings taken on a direction that might exclude refugees and migrants? What will the impact on the political changes be on policies towards displacement movements in the region?  These are among the questions the course will set out to address.

About the Instructor: Shaden Khallaf is currently teaching at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) of the American University in Cairo (AUC) after having worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for over 10 years, where she most recently acted as policy officer and advisor on Middle Eastern humanitarian and political affairs. She has professional experience and academic background in international human rights law, globalization, democratization, and gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa. Throughout the Middle East, she has worked on refugee status determination, addressing the particular needs of refugee women and children, monitoring detention conditions, finding durable solutions, mixed-migration movements across the Mediterranean, the securitization of asylum and migration, UN coordination in humanitarian relief operations, post-conflict reconstruction, advocacy for and public awareness about human rights and refugee protection, and strategic policy planning. Shaden also has experience analyzing political transformations and their impact on population displacement and human rights, and she has been focusing in 2012 on assessing the impact of the Arab Spring on asylum, protection, and human rights in the MENA region.

  1. 3.      DO NO HARM (January 27 –31 , 2013 )

Do No Harm’ Background:

How assistance that is given in conflict settings interacts with the conflicts? It was known that assistance is often used and misused by people in conflicts to pursue political and military advantage. A number of international and local NGOs collaborated through the LOCAL CAPACITIES FOR PEACE PROJECT for six years to understand how this occurs in order to be able to prevent it. The project was able to identify very clear patterns regarding how assistance and conflict interact and came with the framework.

Assistance can be a significant factor in the context and have important effects on intergroup relations and on the course of intergroup conflict. DO NO HARM helps us get a handle on the complexity of the environments where we work, see how our decisions affect intergroup relationships and helps us think of different ways to have better effects.

Today Do No Harm concepts are widely used in the humanitarian and development Communities and it is one of the best known tools for Peace and Conflict Impact Analysis. And while mainly was designed to be applied in situations conflicts; post conflict; disturbance; or tensions, Do No harm framework and principles can be applied on any context to prevent our assistance increasing any tension or discrimination.

Course description: This course aims at giving participants an understanding of Building Capacity for Peace project and the DO NO Harm framework and principles; analyze some of the mistakes done before in the aid sector; learn how to use the framework when designing assistance in order to help peace and avoid making mistakes that raise tensions; it also help them to understand and consider different options to redesign assistance.

The course will also include an overview of standards initiatives in the aid sectors such as code of conduct, sphere minimum standards and the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership Standard (HAP).

The course will be participatory as the participants will have case studies; group discussions; simulation; documentaries; have exercises to implement the learning. They also will be able to apply the learning on current or previous work.

About the Instructor: Sahar Elsaadany, current Trainer and Advisor for different organizations, made postgraduate studies in International organization; refugee studies; and Master studies in Conflict Transformation and peace building. She worked with many NGOs, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UN Development Program/Rule of Law and Redr UK with whom she delivered different courses related to Humanitarian standards and practice including 22 courses on Do No harm framework in different countries. She worked in Egypt, West Sudan, Iraq, Malaysia, Western Sahara and Pakistan.

Eligibility for all courses:

The courses are offered for graduate level students, researchers and practitioners in the field of migration and refugees. The maximum number of participants in each course is between 25-30.

All courses are conducted in English and no translation facilities are provided.  Participants should have a sufficient command of the English language.

Application procedure for all courses:

To apply for the courses, please fill out the application below and attach your most recent CV and send to cmrscourses@aucegypt.edu: Att. Naseem Hashim and Carla Gazal  and visit the CMRS Short Course web page for more information: http://www.aucegypt.edu/GAPP/cmrs/outreach/Pages/ShortCourses.aspx .

Applicants may apply and be accepted to more than one course. Please do not hesitate to contact cmrscourses@aucegypt.edu if you have any difficulty with the application process.

For the Application Form in PDF format, click on the following link: [Application Form].

The deadline for submitting course applications is DECEMBER 20, 2012.

Applicants accepted for the course will be notified by email maximum by DECEMBER 23, 2012.

Venue of the courses

The courses will take place on the Tahrir Campus in Downtown Cairo, Main Campus.

Course fees:

The tuition fee for each course is $500 USD.

Participants are expected to pay a 30% of the total fees ($150) as a deposit by December 31st.  Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.

More information on payment method will be provided to accepted participants

Tuition fees will cover course material and 2 coffee breaks per course day.

Accommodation costs for those interested in staying at the recommended hotel will be announced shortly. Any other expenses are not included.


Call for Papers: Iraq, 10 Years On

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Iraq – 10 years on

Call for Papers: Iraq – 10 years on: Conflicts – Migrations – Futures Cairo, Egypt, 3-4 June 2013

Hosted by the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at the American University in Cairo and sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences

Deadline for submission of abstracts: **31 January 2013.**

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

A full announcement for this conference is available on the conference’s website: http://iraq10years.info/

For more information, email: iraq10years@yahoo.com



The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Prof. François Crépeau, for the past six months has been conducting “a one-year comprehensive study to examine the rights of migrants in the Euro-Mediterranean region, focusing in particular on the management of the external borders of the European Union.”  The Special Rapporteur will present a thematic report on the human rights of migrants at the borders of the European Union to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2013.  To date he has concluded official visits to EU offices in Brussels, Tunisia, Turkey, and Italy; a nine-day visit to Greece began on 25 November.  The Special Rapporteur has issued preliminary conclusions at the end of each completed mission.  One common concern is that various actions of the EU and neighbouring countries are resulting in human rights considerations being overshadowed by migration control and security objectives.

At the conclusion of…

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