Daily Archives: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Publications on Climate/Environmental Change; LGBT Asylum Claims; and New Journal Issues

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/

New Publications on Climate/Environmental Change

“Climate Change and Migration: An Overview,” Chapter in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Feb. 2013) [free full-text]

Climate Change: Natural Disasters Made History in 2011 (IRIN, Nov. 2012) [text]

The Climate Reality Project: Climate Displacement in Africa (Refugees International, Nov. 2012) [access]

Climate-Related Migration Often Short Distance and Cyclical, Not International (Worldwatch Institute, Nov. 2012) [text]

Environmental Change and Migration: Perspectives for Future Action, Briefing Paper 15/2012 (German Development Institute, Nov. 2012) [text]

“Environmentally-induced Migration, Theoretical and Methodological Research Challenges,” Chapter in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Feb. 2013) [free full-text]

“Environmentally-induced Migration, Vulnerability and Human Security: Consensus, Controversies and Conceptual Gaps for Policy Analysis,” Policy Arena Focus Section, Journal of International Development, vol. 24, no. 8 (Nov. 2012) [contents]

“Should the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Recognize Climate Migrants?,” Environmental Research Letters, vol. 7, no. 4 (2012) [open access article]
– Note: This article is included in a special focus section on “Environmental Risks and Migration: Causes and Consequences.”

“Sinking Islands? Formulating a Realistic Solution to Climate Change Displacement,” New York University Law Review, vol. 87, no. 4 (Oct. 2012) [full-text]

New Publications on LGBT Asylum Claims

Country-of-origin Information to Support the Adjudication of Asylum Claims from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (‘LGBTI’) Asylum-seekers: Belize (Asylum Research Consultancy, Nov. 2012) [text via Refworld]

Gay Rights and the UN: One Step Back, One Step Forward (The Asylumist, Nov. 2012) [text]

Guidelines on International Protection no. 9: Claims to Refugee Status based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity within the context of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention and/or its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]
– See also related Human Rights First blog post.

Judging Gender: Asylum Adjudication and Issues of Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, Keynote Statement at Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees’ Workshop on Asylum Issues relating to Gender, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Geneva, 25-26 October 2012 [text]

Over Not Out: Refreshed 2012 – A Research Report on LGBTI Asylum Seekers (Metropolitan Migration Foundation, July 2012) [access]

Strengthening Protection for LGBTI Refugees (Human Rights First, Sept. 2012) [text]

US Recognizes LGBT Rights for Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Purposes (Human Rights Brief Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

New Journal Issues

Bulletin de veille stratégique, vol. 9, no. 3 (Sept. 2012) [full-text via Oppenheimer Chair]
– Mix of articles including “Parrainage privé des réfugiés au Canada : Quel passé? Quel avenir?” and “Année 2011, la pire de la décennie pour les réfugiés.”

European Journal of Migration and Law, vol. 4, no. 4 (2012) [contents]
– Mix of articles.

Geopolitics, vol. 17, no. 2 (2012) [contents]
– Special issue on “The Geopolitics of Migration and Mobility”; includes “The Geopolitics of Migrant Mobility: Tracing State Relations through Refugee Claims, Boats, and Discourses” and several articles on detention and deportation.

Immigrants & Minorities, vol. 30, nos. 2-3 (2012) [contents]
– Special issue on “Refugees in Britain: Cultural and Political Transfer since c.1830”; the preface and introduction are freely available in full-text.

Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 14, no. 3 (2012) [contents]
– Special issue on “Cinemas of Displacement and Destitution.”

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, vol. 14, no. 6 (Dec. 2012) [contents]
– Special focus on chronic disease; includes three articles on refugees.


Publications on Africa; Oceania; and UNHCR Activities & Assessments

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 Africa

“The 1969 African Refugee Convention: Innovations, Misconceptions, and Omissions,” McGill Law Journal, vol. 58, no. 5 (Nov. 2012) [abstract]

Back from the Field: Mali (Refugees International, Nov. 2012) [text]

“Food Aid and Dependency Syndrome in Ethiopia: Local Perceptions,” Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (Nov. 2012) [full-text]

Hidden Victims: Mali’s Internally Displaced People (RI Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

North Kivu Situation Report No. 12 (OCHA, Nov. 2012) [text]
– The latest report as of this posting; previous sitreps can be found on ReliefWeb.

Round-up: Congo Conflict Uproots More than 140,000 (AlertNet, Nov. 2012) [text]

Rwanda: Why UNHCR is Wrong about Cessation (openDemocracy, Nov. 2012) [text]

Sahrawi Refugees’ Double Trouble: Obesity and Malnutrition (Nature, Nov. 2012) [text]

South Sudan’s Hidden Crisis (Doctors without Borders, Nov. 2012) [text]

Training Sessions on Human and Women’s Rights to Address Violence against Persons Accused of Witchcraft, Gender Equality Unit – Field Practice Series (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]
– Project in Central African Republic.

UNHCR Position on Returns to North Kivu, South Kivu and Adjacent Areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo Affected by On-going Conflict and Violence in the Region (UNHCR, Nov. 2012) [text]
– See also related press release.

Publications on Oceania

The Last Mile: Experiences of Settlement and Attitudes to Return among People from South Sudan in Australia (STATT, Nov. 2012) [text]
– See also related blog post.

Refugees in Western Australia: Settlement and Integration (Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre, Aug. 2012) [text]

Review of Refugee Decision Making within the Current POD Process (Australian Dept. of Immigration and Citizenship, June 2012) [text]
– POD stands for “Protection Obligations Determination.”

Settling In: Refugees in Nelson (Nelson Multicultural Council, Oct. 2012) [text]
– Note: Nelson is in New Zealand.

Publications on UNHCR Activities and Assessments

On 12-13 December 2012 in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees will hold a Dialogue on Protection Challenges that focuses on “Faith and Protection.”  The aim is to “highlight the important role that local religious communities play in protecting asylum-seekers, refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR and the core values shared with the broader humanitarian community” and “explore how humanitarian actors can better engage with religious communities to improve the protection of forcibly displaced and stateless people.” For more information on topics that will be addressed, check the schedule, and read the background document and the concept note.  In addition, the web page for the meeting provides access to a series of documents that shed light on the perspective of various religious traditions towards refugee assistance and protection.

Forced Displacement in 2012: Current Dilemmas for UNHCR (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Global Appeal 2013 Update (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [access]

Organisational Effectiveness Assessment:  Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network, Dec. 2011) [vol. 1] [vol. 2]

Report of the Sixty-third Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme, UN Doc. No. A/AC/96/1119 (UN General Assembly, Oct. 2012) [text]

Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: Covering the Period 1 January 2011-30 June 2012, UN Doc. No. A/67/12 (UN General Assembly, 2012) [text]
– See also related HC speech and ICRC statement.

New Publications on Climate Change & Migration; Statelessness; and Evaluations/Lessons Learned

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 Climate Change and Migration

Climate Change Litigation – A Rising Tide? (CDKN, May 2012) [text]

Climate Displacement and Migration, Loss and Damage, and the Journey Forward (FIELD, Nov. 2012) [text]
– See also related UKCCMC blog post.

Human Security in the Pacific: The Climate Refugees of the Sinking Islands, Thesis Submitted to the School of Law (Golden Gate University, Nov. 2012) [text]

Where the Rain Falls: Climate Change, Food and Livelihood Security, and Migration (UNU-EHS, Care & CIESIN, Nov. 2012) [access]
– Global policy report and case studies available via the link.  See also related IRIN news story.

Will Climate Refugees Get Promised Aid? (IPS, April 2012) [text]

Publications on Statelessness

UNHCR has published a Self-Study Module on Statelessness that forms part of its E-Learning Course on Statelessness. (Note:  The former is publicly available, the latter is not.)  Other protection-related training modules in this series are provided on Refworld’s Standards and Training web page.

“Addressing Statelessness,” Chapter in Global Appeal 2013 Update (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

“Book Review: Statelessness in the European Union: Displaced, Undocumented, Unwanted, Caroline Sawyer & Brad K. Blitz, eds., New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011,” Law & Society Review, vol. 45, no. 4, p. 1077 (2011; posted Nov. 2012) [text via SSRN]

The CoE Tackles Statelessness, but Ends up Mired in the Politics of Multiple Nationalities (ENS Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

The Gulf’s Stateless People without Rights Decades after Independence (Human Rights First Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

Terrorized, Starving and Homeless: Myanmar’s Rohingya Still Forgotten (CNN, Nov. 2012) [text]

Under the Radar and Under Protected: The Urgent Need to Address Stateless Children’s Rights (ENS Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]
– A UNHCR Regional Protection Officer provides background re. this report.

Publications on Evaluations and Lessons Learned

Asylum and Population Control: Assessing UNHCR’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme in Guatemalan Refugee Settlements, Working Paper, no. 83 (RSC, Sept. 2012) [text]

Commander’s Guide to Supporting Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: Observations, Insights and Lessons (Center for Army Lessons Learned, Sept. 2012) [text]

Coordinated Assessments in Emergencies – What We Know Now: Key Lessons from Field Experience (ACAPS, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Dangerous Liaisons? A Historical Review of UNHCR’s Engagement with Non-state Armed Actors, PDES/2012/03 (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

Evaluation and Review of Humanitarian Access Strategies in DG ECHO Funded Interventions (Global Public Policy Institute, June 2012) [text via ALNAP]

Evaluation of the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA) Pilot (DARA, 2012) [text via ALNAP]

Evaluation of the Protection Standby Capacity (ProCap) and Gender Standby Capacity (GenCap) Projects (Global Public Policy Institute, Dec 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

Organisational Effectiveness Assessment: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network, Dec. 2011) [vol. 1] [vol. 2]

Special Evaluation Study: ADB’s Response to Natural Disasters and Disaster Risks (Asian Development Bank, Oct. 2012) [text]


New Publications on Europe; Europe & Migrant Rights; and Europe & Law/Policy

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 Europe

Access to an Asylum Process: Experiences of the Asylum System in Europe from the Perspective of Unaccompanied Refugee Children (Malmö University, 2012) [text]

An Efficient and Protective Eurodac: UNHCR Comments… (UNHCR, Nov. 2012) [text]

Immigrants and Refugees: Legislation, Institutions and Competences (EMN Italy, May 2012) [text]

An Inspection of the UK Border Agency’s Handling of Legacy Asylum and Migration Cases (Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, Nov. 2012) [text]

JHA Council 25-26 October: One Step Closer to a Common European Asylum System (Council of the European Union, Oct. 2012) [text via EMN Belgium]

Seeking Asylum, Ending Destitution (openDemocracy, Nov. 2012) [text]

Publications on Europe and Migrant Rights

Carte des Camps (Migreurop, Dec. 2012) [access]

“Developing an Independent Anti-Racist Model for Asylum Rights Organizing in England,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, iFirst Article, 22 Oct. 2012 [eprint]

“An Introduction to Frontex: Frequent Criticism,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 32 (Dec. 2012) [full-text]

Leveson Report Finds Sensational or Unbalanced Reporting in Relation to Immigrants and Asylum seekers is Concerning (EIN, Nov. 2012) [text]

The Protection of Migrant Rights in Europe: Spain (Migreurop, Nov. 2012) [text]

Q&A: For Europe-Bound Migrants, Rights Violations Await (IPS, Nov. 2012) [text]
– Interview with Matt Carr, author of Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Community (Oct. 2012).

Publications on Europe and Law/Policy

60 ans de la Convention de Genève: La Pratique Belge (Comité Belge d’Aide aux Réfugiés, June 2012) [analyse] [recommandations]

Instruire la demande d’asile: Étude comparative du processus décisionnel au sein des administrations allemande et française, Dissertation submitted to the Social Sciences Faculty (Université de Strasbourg &Philipps-Universität Marburg, Sept. 2012) [text]

“Key Priorities of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union (January-June 2013) in the Fields of Immigration and Asylum Policy,” Interview with Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice and Equality of the Republic of Ireland (EurAsylum, Dec. 2012) [text]

“The Shortcomings of Dublin II: Strasbourg’s M.S.S. Judgment and Its Implications for the European Union’s Legal Order,” European Yearbook on Human Rights 2012 (NWV, July 2012) [eprint via SSRN]

“A Tale of Two Decades: War Refugees and Asylum Policy in the European Union,” Washington University Global Studies Law Review, vol. 10, no. 1 (2011) [open access text]


New Publications on the Middle East; Asia/Pacific; and Legal Items

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

Analysis: Politics and Humanitarianism in Israel-oPt (IRIN, Nov. 2012) [text]

Assessment of the Situation of the Syrian Refugees in Kurdistan Region Iraq, MPC Research Report 2012/15 (Migration Policy Centre, 2012) [text]

The European Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis: What Next?, MPC Research Report 2012/14 (Migration Policy Centre, 2012) [text]

Labour Force Survey among Palestinian Refugees Living in Camps and Gatherings in Lebanon, 2011 (ILO & EU, Nov. 2012) [exec. summ. via ReliefWeb]

Out in the Cold: Syria’s Children Left Unprotected (Save the Children, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Palestine: The Demographic and Economic Dimension of Migration, CARIM Analytic and Synthetic Notes 2012/04 (CARIM, 2012) [text]

Syrian Refugee Camps and Conflict in Turkey (DIIS Comment, Nov. 2012) [text]

Syrian Refugees: Reliance on Camps Creates Few Good Options (Refugees International, Dec. 2012) [text]
– See photo above.

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: The Humanitarian Approach under Political Divisions, MPC Research Report 2012/13 (Migration Policy Centre, 2012) [text]

Syrian Refugees Living in the Community in Jordan: Assessment Report (IFRC, Sept. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Publications on Asia/Pacific

Analysis: Australia’s Offshore Asylum Process (IRIN, Nov. 2012) [text]

Challenges of IDP Protection: Research Study on the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Afghanistan (IDMC, Nov. 2012) [text]

Country of Origin Report: Vietnam (CORI, Sept. 2012) [text via Refworld]

Myanmar: COI Compilation (Accord, Nov. 2012) [text via Refworld]

“Protecting and Assisting Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Malaysia: The Role of the UNHCR, Informal Mechanisms, and the ‘Humanitarian Exception’,” Journal of Political Science and Sociology, no. 17 (2012) [full-text via KOARA]

“Psychiatric Ethics and a Politics of Compassion,” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, vol. 9, no. 1 (2012) [extract]
– Focuses on asylum seeker detention in Australia.

UNHCR Afghanistan: Statistical Summary of Conflict-induced Internal Displacement (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Publications on Legal Items

Difficult to Believe: The Assessment of Asylum Claims in Ireland (Irish Refugee Council, Nov. 2012) [text]

Podcast: Stephen Yale-Loehr and Stanley Mailman on 125 Years of Matthew Bender (LexisNexis, Nov. 2012) [access]
– Discussion with editors of the 21-volume Immigration Law and Procedure.

“Protecting the Protectors or Victimizing the Victims Anew? ‘Material Support of Terrorism’ and Exclusion from Refugee Status in U.S. and European Courts,” ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law, vol. 18, no. 2 (2012) [text via SSRN]

Return and Reintegration of Internally Displaced Persons in Post-Conflict Situations: Right Based Approach to Peacebuilding (SSRN, Nov. 2012) [text]

The Role of ‘Credibility’ in International Protection Claims, Dublin, 9 Nov. 2012 [info]
– Videos of speeches and other materials are available here.

Call for Papers: Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

Write 4 Children – Special Edition – May 2013

Diversity, Inclusion and Equality: Disability and accessibility, culture and heritage, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic background and family composition in children’s writing and literature.

Call for Papers

Beth Cox and Alexandra Strick will be editing this special edition of Write 4 Children Journal. Deadline for papers: 1.3.13

We live in a diverse society, yet the books we read don’t necessarily reflect this. How are children who don’t fit into the norm, represented in the books that they read, and how does this affect the way they are perceived by others? It is well known that reading promotes empathy; how would a more diverse reading experience nurture this? In the age of the tablet and the ebook, are books more accessible to children with additional needs, or are opportunities being missed?

We are inviting submissions for papers on all aspects of diversity: disability and accessibility, culture and heritage, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic background and family composition. Within the topic of diversity, it is possible to cover a wide breadth of topics. From accessible books, and how e-readers and iPads have made books more widely accessible by many people, to issue books versus books with characters who just happen to be disabled/gay/Romany/adopted etc. The possibilities are endless.

Topics might include, but are by no means limited to:

• How ebooks have improved accessibility.

• Do an adequate proportion of books feature disabled characters?

• The representation of modern families in books for children.

• How inclusive books can combat bullying.

• Where are Romany/Traveller children in literature?

• The perpetuation of negative stereotypes in books.

• The representation of refugee children in books.

• Is it right that there are books for boys and books for girls?

• How do looked after, adopted and fostered children see themselves in books? • How do fairy tales challenge or promote stereotypes?

• Should overt representations of LGBT characters be confined to older (ie: YA/teen) books? (Or,put differently: is it appropriate to have overt representations of LGBT characters in books for very young children?).

• Are transgender identities ever suitable material for children’s books? • Where are the big political ideas in pre-teen children’s books (ie: challenges to governments, the

status quo)?

• Using books to reassure young children experiencing family breakdown. • Is there too much political correctness in children’s books?

• Where are the mixed-race families?

• What are the merits, or otherwise, of gendered marketing?

The editors will be pleased to consider for publication original manuscripts which deal with any of this broad range of themes. Papers should not have been published previously, or submitted elsewhere simultaneously.

Papers should be submitted by March 1st 2013. If you want to send an initial synopsis, please submit by January 14th 2013. Submissions and queries should be sent directly to beth@withoutexception.co.uk and alex@strick.co.uk

Instructions for Authors

• Discussion papers should be written between 1000 and 3000 words • Articles should be between 2000 and 5000 words in length, accompanied by an abstract of not more than 100 words, and six keywords for indexing purposes. Though this can be negotiable. It is also possible to include links and illustrations (with appropriate permissions).

• Reviews should be no more than 500 words. Including student reviews – Calling all Post Gradand MA students we would like to invite you to submit reviews of books you have engaged with (both creative and critical). This is a good opportunity to publish in a recognised academic journal. Reviews should be no more than 750 words long and should adhere to our submission guidelines (see webpage www.write4children.org)

Information about the editors for this issue

Beth Cox – www.withoutexception.co.uk Beth is a freelance editor and inclusion consultant. Having worked at Child’s Play for over 7 years, where she was instrumental in ensuring that the books that they developed truly reflected our diverse society, she went freelance in 2011. Whilst at Child’s Play she developed guidelines for illustrators on all aspects of diversity and equality – gender, heritage and race, culture, disability, sexual orientation and age – which are sent out with all new commissions. In 2009 she was involved in a Booktrust Equal Measures seminar at the London Book Fair where she spoke about how publishers can successfully include images of disabled children in their books. She also wrote an article on the subject for Team Around the Child journal. As part of her freelance work, Beth advises publishers on avoiding stereotypes and positively reflecting our diverse society, as well as reviewing books for specialist bookseller Letterbox Library. She has recently developing training for teachers on the importance of inclusive books in schools. Beth was on the steering group for the Scope In The Picture project where she met Alexandra Strick, they have collaborated on ideas and campaigns ever since.

Alexandra Strick – www.alexandrastrick.co.uk Alex is a freelance consultant/project manager, with a passion for making books accessible and inclusive for disabled children. She worked within both the children’s book world and disability sector before bringing the two interests together and becoming freelance in 2002. She worked at Booktrust, managing children’s literature activity/Bookstart and then at Whizz-Kidz, managing projects empowering and enabling young disabled people. As a freelance consultant, she still works as a regular advisor and project manager for Booktrust, as well as independently. She has managed several projects consulting disabled children about books and reading, runs Booktrust’s website on disability issues (www.bookmark.org.uk), was on the steering group for Scope’s ‘In the Picture’ project, writes articles and reviews, runs Booktrust’s Equal Measures seminars at the London Book Fair, advises many writers and illustrators, speaks at events and conferences, has run training on accessible/inclusive books (including internationally) and has co-written an inclusive picture book to be published in 2013.

Information about Write 4 Children Journal

Write4Children – The International Journal for the Practice and Theories of Writing for Children and Children’s Literature Write4Children seeks to provide an international forum for peer reviewed research papers and debates about writing for children and children’s literature.

It contains articles and discussions which:

• Provide an international forum for high quality academic and pedagogic research into writing for children and children’s literature

• Promote best practice and academic research in advancing international debates on writing for children and children’s literature

• Promote debate in peer reviewed articles and discussions on controversial issues in writing for children and children’s literature: such as, race, class, gender, sexuality, drug culture, sex, multiculturalism and education.


Call for Papers: Encounters in Canada – Deadline Extended!

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Encounters in Canada: Contrasting Indigenous and Immigrant Perspectives York University, Keele Campus, Toronto, Canada May 15–17, 2013

Call for Papers

**Deadline extended to January 15, 2013**

Indigenous peoples are the original caretakers of Canada, but their encounters with settlers have been marred by assimilation and territorial dispossession over hundreds of years.  The result has been significant alienation between Indigenous peoples and Canadian governments.  Conversely, immigrants to Canada, which for the purposes of this conference include early colonists, recent immigrants, refugees and displaced persons, have often viewed the country as a haven or land of opportunity.  However, many are sorely unaware of Indigenous history, rights and contributions to Canada’s development.  No people or community can speak for another; individual and group knowledge is intrinsic and internal.  However, in keeping with the ideal of “mutual sharing” emphasized in the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, respect and trust can be fostered through shared difference.  While the specific experiences of Indigenous peoples, immigrant communities, refugees and Canadian-born citizens are very different on many levels, connections can be developed through dialogue and reciprocity.  Indigenous peoples as well as immigrant and refugee communities experience discrimination, racism, stigmatization and marginalization.  These encounters represent a wider systemic problem in Canadian political, legal, sociocultural and historical contexts.  Efforts to overcome exclusion can be built through increased awareness and knowledge-building, with support from allies.

This conference aims to fill this gap in knowledge and will bring together leaders from government and the judiciary, legal scholars, academics and practitioners to formulate practical solutions.  The primary objective is to build bridges – cultural, political, intellectual and social connections – between those who share the lands of what is now Canada.  The underlying rationale of the conference stems from the fact that Canada is now shared by Indigenous peoples, descendants of early settlers and more recent immigrant and refugee communities.  These communities encounter Canada in very different ways based on racial identity, ancestral heritage, cultural background, community belonging, language and spiritual practice.  Bridging the chasm that exists between Indigenous peoples and all newcomers, whether early or contemporary immigrants or refugees, is urgently needed in order to end discrimination and achieve equitable quality of life for all who live in this country.  To this end, the objective is to understand how Indigenous peoples and various immigrant groups experience their lives in Canada.  How are the challenges they face different?  Are there shared goals and experiences upon which to build future alliances to achieve improved quality of life in Canada?

Conference papers are expected to be published subsequently in an edited volume, and acceptable topics will relate to the following broad themes:

(1)   “Colonialism versus Consent”: Indigenous peoples have been and continue to be negatively impacted by colonialism.  They did not consent to assimilation or territorial dispossession.  Early settlers and contemporary immigrants and refugees generally have chosen to make Canada their home; this choice was not imposed on them.  In the context of colonialism and consent, what have been the contrasting experiences of Indigenous peoples versus settler/immigrant/refugee communities?

(2)   “Exclusion and Identity”: Indigenous peoples have faced centuries of exclusion and assimilation on their own lands.  Early settlers did not face these forms of discrimination, but new immigrants and refugees often experience life on the perimeters of Canadian society.  How are these experiences of race and identity different or similar?  Are there similarities in how Indigenous peoples and immigrant communities maintain or revitalize their cultures and languages?  Could encounters with exclusion and discrimination become points of “shared difference” between Indigenous peoples and immigrant communities?  If so, is there the potential for building alliances?

(3)   “Place and Displacement”: The role of “place” is a vital component of identity.  Spiritual and cultural attachment to the land is a predominant component of most Indigenous identities.  Similarly, displacement and attachment to home significantly impact life experience, sense of security and the physical and mental well-being of immigrants and refugees who come to Canada.  Are there similarities between the territorial dispossession experienced by Indigenous peoples in Canada and refugee communities?  What are the impacts of forced migration, especially for those communities who seek to revitalize, recreate or reinvent their identities after losing a sense of “place”?  How is “place” experienced by immigrant groups who voluntarily or actively choose to reside in Canada?

(4)   “Nationalism and Alienation”: Any form of exclusion or discrimination is apt to result in alienation.  While experienced differently and in different contexts, Indigenous peoples and immigrant/refugee communities are often alienated from the Canadian mainstream.  This perpetuates disadvantage, erects barriers between communities and highlights the differences between “others”.  How should the myriad of different national identities be respected in Canada?  How should the original contributions of Indigenous peoples be recognized?

(5)   “Recognition and Respect”: Recognition of difference – historical, cultural, political and social – is a vital sign of respect for a people or nation.  Many who live in Canada are unaware of the distinctive histories and contributions of Indigenous peoples.  Many are also unaware of the cultures and values of immigrant and refugee communities.  What should be done to promote awareness and appreciation of the different groups that share what is now Canada?  What might recognition of difference look like in legal, political and cultural contexts, and how would recognition differ for Indigenous peoples versus immigrant/refugee communities in practice?  How should the differing cultural practices, histories and identities of Indigenous peoples be promoted and respected?  In contrast, what should Canadians learn about immigrant and refugee communities?

(6)   “Relationship-Building and Community Engagement”: Indigenous peoples face an alarming array of dire problems, akin to third-world conditions in an otherwise prosperous country.  Immigrant and refugee communities also often contend with poorer quality of life than the “average” Canadian.  How are these experiences different?    What needs to be done to remedy these problems?  Is relationship-building and reconciliation the answer for Indigenous peoples, and if so, what should approaches look like?  Can and should alliances be forged between Indigenous peoples and settler/immigrant communities, both early and recent?  How and in what contexts (i.e. legal, political, cultural, social) should all communities be actively involved in the creation of their futures?

Interested participants are requested to submit abstracts as soon as possible, and no later than **January 15, 2013,** after which time they will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee.  Proposals for paper presentations and/or panels are welcomed from academics, practitioners and advanced graduate students from across Canada and internationally.   Submissions should include a title, an abstract of no more than 250-350 words demonstrating the relevance of the topic to the conference themes as well as brief biographical and contact information along with institutional affiliation (100 words) for each presenter. The conference is actively sourcing funding to support travel and accommodation. If successful, we will be able to provide modest support to selected participants based on financial need. If applying for travel support, please email a brief one-page budget outlining financial need for travel and accommodation to Michele Millard at mmillard@yorku.ca .

Abstract submissions should be submitted online at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGY3NlRIcVBza1psWWVwX3ZPNFQydHc6MQ . Any technical questions about the online submission process should be directed to Michele Millard, Centre Coordinator and Conference Administrator, Centre for Refugee Studies at York University ( mmillard@yorku.ca).

All other questions concerning the conference should be directed to the principal academic organizer, Dr. Jennifer Dalton, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy & Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, and Centre for Refugee Studies Scholar ( jedalton@yorku.ca ).

Interested participants may also contact the members of the Conference Organizing Committee: Dr. David McNab, Associate Professor of Indigenous Thought and Canadian Studies, Departments of Equity Studies/Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies ( dtmcnab@yorku.ca ); Dr. James Simeon, Acting Director, Centre for Refugee Studies, and Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies ( jcsimeon@yorku.ca ); Dr. H. Tom Wilson, Professor, Faculties of Graduate Studies, Law and Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, and Senior Fellow of McLaughlin College ( htwilson@osgoode.yorku.ca ).

Co-sponsored by:

School of Public Policy and Administration, York University Centre for Refugee Studies, York University


Courses: EU Asylum Law & Policy; Intl. Refugee Protection

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Registration for the Refugee Law Initiative’s 2012-2013 courses is now open.

1. Short Course:  European Union Asylum Law and Policy

Where:  School of Advanced Study, University of London

When:  Eight week evening course (18.00-20.30 on Mondays), February-March 2013

The Refugee Law Initiative is pleased to announce its short course on European Union Asylum Law and Policy, to be held in London in early 2013. It will focus on both procedural and substantive aspects of the common asylum regime and provide attendants with an in-depth look at the complex relation between the universal and European systems of refugee protection.

The programme has been designed to cover all major areas of interest in EU asylum law, with each seminar delivered by leading academic experts and practitioners, with the purpose of providing a comprehensive view at the current status of refugee law in the EU.  It is aimed at lawyers, policy-makers, NGO workers, international agency staff, post-graduate students, and others working in the field or interested in European Union asylum law and policy. Course attendance will be formally certified by the School of Advanced Study and CPD Points can also be accredited to participating barristers and solicitors. Each session is delivered by an expert in this specialized field.


4 Feb 2013

Week 1: Introduction / EU institutional framework and sources of law Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex

11 Feb 2013

Week 2: European human rights protection and asylum – the European Convention on Human Rights and Strasbourg jurisprudence Dr Cathryn Costello, University of Oxford

18 Feb 2013

Week 3: The scope of EU protection – qualification and status under EU Law Dr Maria-Teresa Gil-Bazo, Newcastle University (tbc)

25 Feb 2013

Week 4: Reception of asylum-seekers and asylum procedures in the EU Mr Kris Pollet, European Council of Refugees and Exiles

4 Mar 2013

Week 5: The externalization of protection – resettlement, offshore processing and regional protection programmes Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax, University of Liverpool

11 Mar 2013

Week 6: Responsibility-sharing and solidarity in the Common European Asylum System Mr Michele Cavinato, UNHCR Bureau for Europe

18 Mar 2013

Week 7: Recent jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice and its implications for the Dublin system Mr Mark Symes, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

25 Mar 2013

Week 8: International and European systems – the influence of European asylum law on international refugee protection Professor Hélène Lambert, University of Westminster

2. The International Protection of Refugees and Other Displaced Persons

Where:  School of Advanced Study, University of London

When:   Eight week evening course (18.00-20.30) Wednesdays, February-March 2013

The upcoming short course is a core project of the Refugee Law Initiative that serves to disseminate a strong grounding in the protection of refugees and other displaced persons under international law among lawyers, policy-makers, NGO workers, international agency staff, post-graduate students, and others working with refugees or interested in refugee issues. It consists of eight once-weekly evening sessions that will be delivered to participants by leading academic experts and practitioners in international refugee law.

Course attendance will be formally certified by the School of Advanced Study and CPD points can also be accredited to participating solicitors and barristers. Participants have the opportunity to join the Refugee Law Initiative network based at the School of Advanced Study, and will be encouraged to engage with other activities run by the Refugee Law Initiative.


6 Feb 2013

Week 1: Introduction – concepts and history of refugee protection Dr Paresh Kathrani, University of Westminster

13 Feb 2013

Week 2: Refugee status in the Refugee Convention and regional instruments Professor Dallal Stevens, Warwick School of Law

20 Feb 2013

Week 3: Exclusion from refugee and complementary protection statuses Professor Satvinder Juss, King’s College London

27 Feb 2013

Week 4: The international rights of refugees – focus on non-refoulement Professor Hélène Lambert, University of Westminster

6 Mar 2013

Week 5: International responses to refugees – States and UNHCR Mr Jean-François Durieux, University of Oxford

13 Mar 2013

Week 6: Refugees in the UK/European Union – an implementation case study Mr Mark Symes, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

20 Mar 2013

Week 7: Refugees and displaced persons in situations of armed conflict Dr David James Cantor, University of London

27 Mar 2013

Week 8: Contemporary challenges in refugee protection Dr Jeff Crisp, Head of UNHCR Policy Development and Evaluation Service


Applications for these courses must be returned to:

Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, Room 230, Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; or by email to RLI@sas.ac.uk by 17.00 on Wednesday **19 December 2012.**

Please find the relevant forms at http://rli.sas.ac.uk/events-courses-and-training/short-courses/

A limited number of subsidised places are also available. Please visit http://rli.sas.ac.uk/events-courses-and-training/short-courses/ for more information, application forms and deadlines.

Further details: Please contact the Research Coordinator at rli@sas.ac.uk



The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Prof. François Crépeau, has completed  a nine-day official visit to Greece, the fourth and last country visit in connection with a “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 May/ June 2013.  In addition to the visit to Greece, he previously conducted official visits to EU offices in Brussels, Tunisia, Turkey, and Italy.

One point of particular interest in the Special Rapporteur’s end-of-mission statement is that Frontex sea patrols in Greece are not along being used to patrol the external sea border of the EU (Greece-Turkey), but are also being used…

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