Daily Archives: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Course: Yemen: Challenges for the Future

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Yemen: Challenges for the Future

A two-day conference at SOAS, University of London

Date: 11 January 2013 Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 12 January 2013 Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS

Twenty-two years after unification, and in the context of recent conflicts and uprisings, Yemen finds itself at yet another historical juncture. The political transition and the forthcoming national dialogue offer a rare opportunity for the country and its people to address the multitude of social, economic, environmental, and regional problems they face. This international conference brings together academic and professional specialists on Yemen to discuss recent research on the country and the challenges ahead.

Academic Panels:

. Yemen: Regional and Global Context

. Perspectives on the Sa’dah Region

. The Southern Question

. Aspects of Inward and Outward Migration . Social Policy: Health, Education and Welfare . Cultural Expressions . Rural Development: Land and Water . Aspirations of Yemeni Youth . The Role of Business in Developing the Yemeni Economy Download the programme at: http://www.al-bab.com/bys/

Admission (including lunch and refreshments): £30 / Concessions, BYS and LMEI Members: £15/ Students Free To purchase tickets please visit the SOAS Online Store and to register as a student attendee e-mail: lh2@soas.ac.uk

Organisers: The British-Yemeni Society (BYS) and London Middle East Institute

Contact email: lh2@soas.ac.uk

Register: http://store.soas.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?modid=1&prodid=0&deptid=0&compid=1&prodvarid=116&catid=218


New Publications on Europe; Africa; and Ideas/Innovations

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

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Dilemma Facing Refused Asylum Seekers (Refugee Council, Dec. 2012) [text]

Do the European Integration Fund and European Refugee Fund Contribute Effectively to the Integration of Third-Country Nationals?, Special Report, no. 22 (European Court of Auditors, Dec. 2012) [text]

Frontex: More of the Same?, Paper presented at conference on “The Governance of Asylum and Migration in the European Union,” Salford, UK, 26-27 January 2012 [text]

Human Rights Violations in the Field of Migration: A Collective Responsibility (European Policy Centre, Dec. 2012) [text]

Immigrants, Asylum Seekers, and Ethnic and Religious Minorities in the Leveson Report (Compas Blog, Dec. 2012) [text]

“Migrant Deaths and the Kater Radez I Wreck: From Recovery of the Relict to Marine Taphonomic Findings and Identification of the Victims,” International Journal of Legal Medicine, Online First, 12 Dec. 2012 [free full-text]
– Note: Free access is only available through December 2012.

“My Life as a Refugee” Photography Exhibit (JRS Europe) [access]
– Taken by refugees themselves, these photos “show the daily life of refugees in five European countries: Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom.”  See image above.

Statewatch Analysis: The Common European Asylum System: State-of-play Update (Statewatch, Dec. 2012) [text]

Publications on Africa

Gaps in Geneva, Gaps on the Ground: Case Studies of Somalis Displaced to Kenya and Egypt during the 2011 Drought, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 248 (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

“Human Rights, Dignity and Well Being: The Plight of Zimbabwean Refugees and Displaced People in Southern Africa,” Developing Country Studies, vol. 2, no. 10 (2012) [open access text]

Mali: Outside the Spotlight, Displaced People in Urgent Need of Assistance (Refugees International, Dec. 2012) [text]
– Includes video report.

Our Lives: A Survivors’ Guide to Hard Time (IRIN, Dec. 2012) [access]
– “A new IRIN series following 20 people in 10 countries as they try to get by in these testing times. The men and women featured – from teachers to truck drivers – describe how they cope with the rising cost of living, and explain their hopes for the future. This series will be regularly updated.”  One of the women featured is “Jane Njeri – Displaced person, Kenya.”

A Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Rapid Assessment: Doro Refugee Camp, Upper Nile State, South Sudan (Danish Refugee Council, July 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Strengthened Protection for Internally Displaced Persons in Africa: The Kampala Convention Comes Into Force,” ASIL Insights, vol. 16, no. 36 (Dec. 2012) [text]

Publications on Ideas/Innovations

Are Migrants Spurring Innovation?, MPC Research Report 2012/11 (Migration Policy Centre, 2012) [text]
– See also related Debate Migration blog post.

The Best Small Ideas of 2012 (Foreign Policy Magazine, Dec. 2012) [text via USCRI FB]

“Out of Africa: A Scheme Where Helping Refugees Helps Everybody,” The Independent, 17 Nov. 2012 [text]

Refugee Livelihoods, Innovation and the Private Sector, Oxford, 26 Nov. 2012 [access]
– Conference organized by the Humanitarian Innovation Project.

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World (Edward Elgar, Aug. 2012) [info]
– Includes chapter on “Starting a Movement for Refugee Rights in the Global South: Asylum Access and Beyond.”  See also related blog post.

“A Vacant Lot Offers Refugees a Taste of Home,” New York Times, 27 Nov. 2012 [text]



New Publications on Detention; Development Displacement/Forced Evictions; and Climate-related Migration

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 Detention

“Detention with a View to Expulsion Based on the Prognosis that the Application for International Protection Will Be Rejected,” Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law, vol. 6, no. 2 (2012) [full-text]
– Scroll down to p. 282.

Dialogues on Detention: Applying Lessons from Criminal Justice Reform to the Immigration Detention System, Washington, DC, 2012/2013 [info]
– Series of events on immigration detention convened by Human Rights First. View the “Latest News” tab for  factsheets, key takeaways, and other resources relating to the dialogues that have already taken place.

The Effectiveness and Impact of Immigration Detention Casework (Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, Dec. 2012) [text]

End Immigration Detention of Children [access]
– New campaign web site.

“Human Rights and the Elusive Universal Subject: Immigration Detention under International Human Rights and EU Law,” Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, vol. 19, no. 1 (Winter 2012) [full-text via U3A Sunshine Coast]

Immigration Detention on Christmas Island: Observations from Visit to Immigration Detention Facilities on Christmas Island (Australian Human Rights Commission, Dec. 2012) [text]

Toward Temporal Limits on Mandatory Immigration Detention (SSRN, Nov. 2012) [text]

Publications on Development Displacement/Forced Evictions

Applying the Concept of Human Security to Research on the Consequences of Mining-Induced Displacement and Resettlement (SSRN, Nov. 2012) [text]

“As Coal Boosts Mozambique, the Rural Poor Are Left Behind,” New York Times, 10 Nov. 2012 [text]

Corporate Responsibility to Respect the Rights of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples (Minority Rights Group, Oct. 2012) [text]

Know Your Obligations: A Guide to Preventing Forced Evictions (Amnesty International, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Preventing Displacement by Recognizing the Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Rural Communities (TerraNullius, Dec. 2012) [text]

Salt in the Wound: The Urgent Need to Prevent Forced Evictions from Camps in Haiti (Oxfam, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Publications on Climate-related Migration

Climate Change: Snapshot of Wins and Losses at the Doha Talks (IRIN, Dec. 2012) [text]

Climate Change and Migration: The UNFCCC Climate Negotiations and Global Forum on Migration and Development (Transatlantic Study Team on Climate-Induced Migration, Nov. 2012) [access]

Climate Change and Statelessness: Assessing the Risks and the Legal Implications, Presentation at the ESF-ZIF-Bielefeld University Research Conference on Tracing Social Inequalities in Environmentally-Induced Migration, Biefeld, Germany, 9-13 December 2012 [access]
– See also the conference web site.

Climate Change, NAPAs, Agriculture, and Migration in LDCs (Transatlantic Study Team on Climate-Induced Migration, Nov. 2012) [access]

“Environmental Migration Towards Terminological Coherence,” Presentation at the First Networking Workshop on Human Rights Legal Frameworks in the Climate Change Regime, Utrecht, 6-7 September 2012 [access]
– See also the conference programme.

Meeting the Challenges of Severe Climate-Related Hazards: A Review of the Effectiveness of the International Humanitarian Regime (Transatlantic Study Team on Climate-Induced Migration, Nov. 2012) [access]

The State of Environmental Migration 2011 (IDDRI & IOM, Nov. 2012) [access]
– The second edition of this annual series.

Resource: One of the first documentaries on the Syrian refugees in Turkey REFUGEE LIVES (Mülteci Hayatlar)

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The convictions were that the Baath regime would be soon overthrown when popular uprisings concluded with a sequence of toppling of the Tunisian, Egyptian and Libyan powers called Arab Spring have reached Syria in March 2011 in the Middle East. But they were reversed due to the Syrian ethnic and religious structure, geographical location and the power relations the Baath regime has generated on the basis of all these differences and international balances of power…

KEMAL VURAL TARLAN Social Documentary Photographer


Middle East Gypsies


KEMAL VURAL TARLAN Social Documentary Photographer


Middle East Gypsies







Call for Papers: Within and Beyond Citizenship: Lived Experiences of Contemporary Membership

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Within and Beyond Citizenship: Lived Experiences of Contemporary Membership – International Symposium

Deadline for abstracts: 17 December 2012

The analysis of the relationship between legal status, rights and belonging is the central theme of two international symposia jointly organised by the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (http://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/), the Refugee Studies Centre (http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/) and the Oxford Institute of Social Policy at the University of Oxford.

For the symposium in Oxford (11-12 April 2013), proposals are invited for papers which investigate aspects related to proliferation and precarisation of legal statuses in contemporary Europe and beyond. We welcome proposals that explore the position of the non-citizen in contemporary immigration and emigration states; the nexus between (forced) migration, immigration enforcement, rights and belonging; the ways coexisting traditions and regimes of rights are negotiated in policy and practice; and the intersection of ‘race’ and other social cleavages and legal status. In particular, we encourage submissions that focus on one or more of the following areas:

* Everyday experiences of ‘illegality’ among children and young people

* Intergenerational impacts of status precariousness

* Physical mobility and legal status

* Forms and modalities of political mobilisation around precarious membership

* Spatial practices and geographies of non-citizenship

* The impact of precarious status on transnational practices and diasporic consciousness

Gender perspectives and methodological and ethical issues of research sensitivity are significant cross-cutting themes throughout these topics.

If you wish to present a paper at the symposium in Oxford, please submit an abstract (max 250 words) and a brief CV (1 page) through our online system (http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/legal-status-submit-abstract) by Monday 17 December 2012 at 5pm (UK time). Participants will be notified if their paper has been selected by Friday 21 January 2012 at the latest. Full written papers should be submitted to the organisers by 15 March 2013 and will be circulated to discussants and participants before the conference. Presentations are expected to be about 30 minutes.

It is anticipated to turn conference proceedings into one or two journal special issues or edited volumes. Papers should therefore be based on original research and should not have been published already or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Please note that inclusion in any publications arising from the conference will be subject to peer review. For further information about the Oxford symposium, please visit http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/legal-status-international-symposia or email vanessa.hughes@compas.ox.ac.uk

NB: Please note that by submitting an abstract you commit to producing an original paper of about 5-7,000 words in length by 15 March 2013.

The joint symposia are convened by Dr Roberto G. Gonzales (University of Chicago – http://ssascholars.uchicago.edu/r-gonzales/) and Dr Nando Sigona (University of Oxford). The Oxford symposium is organised by Dr Nando Sigona (RSC – http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/people/academic-staff/sigona), Dr Elaine Chase (OISP) and Vanessa Hughes (COMPAS).


Courses: Palestine Refugees and International Law

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Palestine Refugees and International Law

15-16 March 2013

The British Institute, 102 Uhod Street
Tla’ Al-Ali, Amman, Jordan

This two-day short course places the Palestinian refugee case study within the broader context of the international human rights regime. It examines, within a human rights framework, the policies and practices of Middle Eastern states as they impinge upon Palestinian refugees. Through a mix of lectures, working group exercises and interactive sessions, participants engage actively and critically with the contemporary debates in international law and analyse the specific context of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza and Israel).

The short course commences with the background of the Palestinian refugee crisis, with special attention to the

socio- political historical context and legal status of Palestinian refugees in the region. This is followed by a careful examination of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights including its philosophical underpinnings and ensuing human rights instruments in international law. The key themes, which have taken centre stage in the debate on the Palestinian refugee crisis, are statelessness, right of return, repatriation, self-determination, restitution compensation and protection. These themes are critically examined along with current discussions about the respective roles of UNRWA, UNHCR and the UNCCP in the Palestinian refugee case.


Professor Dawn Chatty is University Professor in Anthropology and Forced Migration and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. She is a social anthropologist and has conducted extensive research among Palestinian and other forced migrants in the Middle East. Some of her recent works include Children of

Palestine: Experiencing Forced Migration in the Middle East (ed. with Gillian Lewando-Hundt), Berghahn Press, 2005, and Dispossession and Displacement in the Modern Middle East, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Dr Susan M. Akram is Clinical Professor at Boston University School of Law, teaching immigration law, comparative refugee law, and international human rights law She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC (JD), and the Institut International des Droits de l’Homme, Strasbourg (Diploma in international human rights). She is a past Fulbright Senior Scholar in Palestine, teaching at Al-Quds University/Palestine School of Law in East Jerusalem.


Maximum twenty-five spaces

Fee: £350

For further information contact: Heidi El-Megrisi Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB, United Kingdom

Tel: 01865 281728/9 email: rsc-outreach@qeh.ox.ac.uk http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/study/short-courses


Courses: Short Course on European Union Asylum Law and Policy

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Short Course on 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.

The deadline for registering on this short course, now in its 2nd year, is 17.00 hrs on Wednesday 19 December 2012. Applications received after this date will not be accepted. Please book using this link http://link.event.ly/c/262/5773031f2298085e6e860cda51ef30a532c582d5b68c5e907c5079fd5fd8865d


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

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


Imminent Registration Deadline for Short Course: ‘International Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons’

The deadline for registering on this short course, now in its 2nd year, is also 17.00 on Wednesday 19 December 2012. Applications received after this date will not be accepted. Please book using this link http://link.event.ly/c/262/5773031f2298085e6e860cda51ef30a532c582d5b68c5e907c5079fd5fd8865d


Contact Us

Email: RLI@sas.ac.uk
Web: http://rli.sas.ac.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SASRLI
Twitter: @SASRefugeeLaw
Tel: +44 (0)20 78628570

New: Journal of Refugee Studies Advance Access for 17 Dec 2012

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JRS Advance Access

Journal of Refugee Studies
Advance Access Alert
8 December 2012 to 17 December 2012


Exiles, Art, and Political Activism: Fighting the Pinochet Regime from Afar
Jacqueline Adams
Journal of Refugee Studies published 17 December 2012, 10.1093/jrs/fes041
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Request Permissions]

Remaining Internally Displaced: Missing Links to Security in Northern Uganda
Susan Reynolds Whyte, Sulayman Mpisi Babiiha, Rebecca Mukyala, and Lotte Meinert
Journal of Refugee Studies published 13 December 2012, 10.1093/jrs/fes040
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Request Permissions]

Resettlement of Somali Bantu Refugees in an Era of Economic Globalization
Yda J. Smith
Journal of Refugee Studies published 13 December 2012, 10.1093/jrs/fes039
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Request Permissions]

In Search of Sanctuary: Border Closures, ‘Safe’ Zones and Refugee Protection
Katy Long
Journal of Refugee Studies published 13 December 2012, 10.1093/jrs/fes050
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Request Permissions]

‘White Tigers’: Researcher Roles in Relation to Linking Social Capital within Tamil Voluntary Associations in Norway
Eugene Guribye
Journal of Refugee Studies published 13 December 2012, 10.1093/jrs/fes046
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Request Permissions]


FMR Call for Articles – Detention and Deportation Sept 2013 Issue

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Forced Migration Review issue 43 – to be published in September 2013 – will include a feature on ‘Detention and deportation’.

Deadline for submission of articles: 15th April 2012

Full details at www.fmreview.org/detention

Detention is used by many states in dealing with different categories of migrants, including refugees and stateless people, migrants who are undocumented or in an irregular situation, asylum seekers awaiting the outcome of their asylum application and failed asylum seekers awaiting removal.

There are increasingly widespread claims that detention and removal are not only damaging to the individuals concerned, abusive and possibly illegal but that they are more expensive than community-based alternatives; that detention is not effective in deterring asylum seekers, refugees and irregular migrants; that it is counterproductive in achieving compliance with final decisions on asylum; and that there are humane, reliable and cost-effective alternatives to detention and to deportation. Yet some states are even intensifying their detention and deportation practices.

This issue of FMR will provide a forum for practitioners, advocates, policymakers and researchers to share experience, debate perspectives and offer recommendations. In particular, the FMR Editors are looking for practice-oriented submissions, reflecting a diverse range of experience and opinions, which address questions such as the following:

  • Under what circumstances is detention legally permissible and with what consequences?
  •  What are the impacts of detention on children and other particularly vulnerable people?
  • What are the practical and political reasons for restricting the freedom of movement of refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants, and what are the human rights issues at stake?
  • What are the experiences in states developing alternatives to detention in these circumstances? What civil society-led initiatives are there? What pilots have there been? How can they be promoted?
  • What evidence is there of the effectiveness of alternatives to detention in meeting the needs and aims of states and the wellbeing and dignity of individuals? What prevents governments from seeking or implementing alternatives?
  • What examples exist of alternatives to detention in transit contexts?
  • Could the processing of asylum seekers externally bring an improvement over current practices of detention and deportation?
  • What factors are necessary for the success of alternatives to detention?
  • What resources are available to support states and civil society in advocating against detention or for alternatives?
  • If detention as a policy continues, what scope is there for improving the rights of detainees, the conditions of detention and the monitoring of detention facilities?
  • What is the political and/or legal relationship between detention and deportation and various statuses such as temporary or exceptional right to stay?
  • What mechanisms and processes are in place to monitor the fate of deportees after their deportation? Can the evidence from such monitoring be used to change states’ deportation practices?

We are particularly keen to reflect the experiences and knowledge of communities and individuals directly affected by detention and/or deportation.

If you are thinking of writing for FMR, please consult our Guide for authors at www.fmreview.org/you/writing-fmr and if possible please let us know in advance at fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk what particular aspect/s you propose to write about.

If your contact details have recently changed, or if you would like us to remove you from our email alerts list, please let us know. Thank you.

With apologies for any cross-posting of this message.

Best wishes

Marion Couldrey & Maurice Herson

FMR Editors

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A migrant boat attempting to sail from Turkey to Greece reportedly capsized near the Greek island of Lesvos on Thursday or Friday.  The boat was carrying about 28 persons.  At least 20 bodies have been recovered.  Only one survivor has been located.  Media reports describe the migrants as Iraqis or “of Asian origin.”  The boat’s captain was reportedly Turkish.

Click here (EN), here (EN) and here (GR) for articles.

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