Monthly Archives: January 2013

ESSHC Vienna: migration and ethnicy. Deadline May 15 2013.

*** Apologies for Cross-Posting ***

Dear all

The ESSHC is one of the most important venues for migration researchers. The next ESSHC will be held in Vienna in 2014.

Registration for ESSHC 2014 is now open.

The deadline for pre-registration is 15 may 2013. To go directly to the registration form click

Ethnicity and Migration is the largest network at the ESSHC. There were over 40 sessions and 160 papers on migration and ethnicity at the last two conferences (Ghent 2010 and Glasgow 2012).

We invite you to submit ideas for a session or an abstract for a paper.

A session consists of four speakers, a chair and a commentator. The chair and the commentator can be the same person. The speakers are not to come from the same institute (best also not from the same country).

In the past organisers of sessions have successfully used H-migration for finding additional speakers, chairs and commentators.

We have a preference for the submission of complete sessions, but authors can also submit individual papers. We as network chairs will do our best to allocate them to sessions. It may not always be a perfect match.

Below please find some themes and questions that arose during the last network meeting in Glasgow. We would definitely welcome sessions and individual papers fitting in with these themes. We are going to encourage that the best sessions will lead to publications.

Your contribution might not fit into these areas, or cover very different ground. We will still consider them, since the ESSHC sessions are always open to new and exciting research and themes..

We are looking forward to your ideas and hope that with your participation the ESSHC 2014 will be as successful as the previous one.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Chairs of the Ethnicity and Migration Network

Marlou Schrover            Leiden University, History Department, <>

Dariusz Stola                  Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences <>

Phillipe Rygiel                 Université Paris I, Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle, France, <>

Per-Olof Gronberg         Centre for Population Studies, Umeå University, Sweden, <>

Suggestions for sessions:

+ The Other Europeans. Migrations to and from eastern and central Europe in modern times

+ Forgotten makers of migrations.

Scholarly texts have for a very long time focused mainly on migrants and to a lesser extent states as primary forces determining migration patterns and volumes. We do however know that many other actors take part in the migration process and sometimes greatly contribute to its forms and patterns, be they churches, private companies, unions, and private actors providing means or resources to migrants for various reasons. The fact however has never really been theorized or historicized.

+ Defining the migrants

In any given context, deciding who is and who is not a migrant is a very demanding task. For various reasons a lot of people who cross border are not defined as such, but are called visitors, or tourists or students, or merchants, or expatriates, or illegal foreigners. The definition of these categories, changing over time, promises to shed light on the way state agencies and societies define and regulate the migration process.

+ Migrations and empires

Scholarship on migrations within imperial spaces tends to be divided along national lines (ie French, English, Portuguese, Dutch). Comparing the different experiences would be a first

+ Health and migrations in modern times

Migration control emerges quite often from the will to avoid the spread of diseases and uses some of the same techniques. Also, representations of migrants, quite often insist on them as plague carriers.

+ Transnational norms and migrations. An historical look

Historiography on migrations has been very nation and state centered, and ignored attempt to define international norms for migrations that sometimes, through very similar bilateral agreements, can be traced back to early modern times .

+ Public discourses, Migrations and Ethnicity

Do debates have any effect on the regulation of migration? Do they aim to? Who are the claim makers? Who sets the agenda?

+ Children and migrations

When and  why did children become a separate category of migrants/

+ In defense of migrants

Anti-migrants feelings, and policies, have been flaring up in recent years but they have also witnessed public manifestations of solidarity with targeted migrant or ethnic groups and intense political activism emanating from political actors defining the defense of migrants as an important part of their political agenda. If xenophobic or anti-migrants manifestations and activism has been well documented, the activities of their opponents has been generally overlooked.

+ gender and  migration

Studies which address gender seem to get stuck on the same issues: trafficking, prostitution and exploitation. Furthermore, they tend address femininity and women rather than making comparisons to masculinity and men.

+ selecting migrants

Much of migration policy today and in the past is based on the idea that it is possible to select migrants.

Other issues we would like to see addressed:

– regulating migration: visa policies and migration control

– migration and religion

– migrant cinema

– migration and mobility

– immigration and emigration: two sides of the same coin

– migration and professional networks



The asylum-network is involved in organising the first of a series of seminars on the theme of immigration detention. By bringing together a range of established academics, early-career academics, postgraduates, practitioners, artists, activists and former detainees this seminar series will investigate the ways in which the UK experience of detention reflects and re-produces the contradictory logics inherent in modern global detention practices.

Through five one-day workshop events the seminar series will span the academic disciplines of criminology, geography, politics and sociology in order to examine immigration detention, everyday experiences of detention and the politics of, and resistance to, detention practices. The seminars will also reflect upon the ethical/methodological challenges that the study of detention produces.

The first workshop, on the topic of supporting detainees, will be held this Friday (1st Feb) in London. We have an exciting list of speakers ready and are expecting a stimulating and rewarding day of…

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Notre Dame Refugee Centre

A message from Jonathan Parr at the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) about some wonderful photos taken by our regular visitor Brigitte Nongo – and other asylum seekers and refugees.

He explains:

“JRS Europe launched a photography exhibition at the EU Parliament at the end of last year. After training at workshops, some of our friends here submitted photos and some were selected, including one of Notre Dame Refugee Centre and another with a bike donated by the Red Cross. You may recognise some of our friends…and some of the poets’ names that accompany some of the photos.”

Everyone will recognise Ginette – below – at work in the Cafe. Brigitte, the photographer, says:

“Maison Pierre Chanel: Notre Dame Refugee Centre I like to go there often to meet people, and talk to them as I am often alone at home and I stress more
and more. This is the lounge…

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Call for Papers: 56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Mobility, Migration And Flows


56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association


November 21-24, 2013

Marriott Baltimore Waterfront Hotel

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION:  March 15, 2013 PROGRAM CHAIRS Jamie Monson, Professor of History, Macalaster College Dianna Shandy, Professor of Anthropology, Macalester College


We are soliciting proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables. Presentations may focus on the theme of “Mobility, Migration and Flows” or on broader social science, humanities, and applied themes relating to Africa. We strongly encourage the submission of formed panels. See Theme Statement.


Instructions for submitting proposals are online.


Join the ASA or renew your membership.


Established in 1957, the African Studies Association is the largest organization in the world devoted to enhancing the exchange of information about Africa. Our members include scholars, students, teachers, activists, development professionals, policy makers, donors and many others.  We encourage interdisciplinaryinteractions with Africa.  We provide access to pathbreaking research and key debates in African studies. We bring together people with scholarly and other interests in Africa through our annual meeting and seek to broaden professional opportunities in the field of African studies. The organization publishes two leading interdisciplinary journals on Africa, African Studies Review and History in Africa and promotes an informed understanding of Africa to the public and in educational institutions as well as to businesses, media, and other communities that have interests in Africa.


We welcome your participation in this exciting conference and in the ASA!


Call for Proposals: Analytical Review of South African Census 2011 on Human Mobility

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.


Analytical Review of South African Census 2011 on Human Mobility

***Closing date 28 February 2013***

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) is Southern Africa’s leader for scholarship on human mobility and social transformation. Dedicated to informing academic and policy debate, the ACMS is currently seeking researchers to analyse newly released data from the 2011 South African census.

In November 2012, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) began disseminating findings from the 2011 census. In March 2013, StatsSA will release a one-in-ten sample allowing for independent review. The ACMS is currently seeking one or more researchers to analyse the newly released data. The work outlined below is intended to become a reference point for scholarly and policy deliberation on human mobility into and within the country.

The work required comprises the following tasks:

* A methodological note reviewing the data quality on domestic and international migration included in the 2011 census with reference to strengths and weaknesses vis-a-vis the previous census and 2007 community survey. The note should also include concrete suggestions for improving data collection on human mobility;

* A descriptive report on international migration into and out of South Africa highlighting origins and destinations at the national and sub-national level;

* A descriptive report on domestic mobility at the provincial, district and (selected) municipal level;

*  A descriptive report identifying complementary data sets and their potential interface with the 2011 census data.

Each of the descriptive reports should include, inter alia:

* A profile of migrants at the national, provincial, district and select municipal levels. These profiles should include:

– The total number of migrants in absolute terms and as a percentage of the total population;

– Total population changes between 1996 and 2011 and the contribution of migration to that change using available census and community survey data;

– Where appropriate, the number of people ‘lost’ due to outmigration;

– A matrix of movements by district, province and/or country;

– Welfare status of migrants including housing type, household composition, occupation, education, etc.;

– This analysis should be disaggregated by age, gender, and educational levels.

* A profile of migration trends within the country. This should include:

– Length of stay and frequency of movement;

– Country, province, district and municipality of origin;

– Urbanization;

– Demographic profile of migrants;

– Indication of documentation and/or legal status;

– Correlation between migration and HDI of receiving communities;

– Education and skills profile of migrants (ideally including comparison with current employment status and occupation);

– A discussion of the links between migration and the potential for poverty alleviation.

The reports should be written in accessible language while including annexes providing detailed descriptions of the methods of analysis. Wherever possible, the data should include illustrative charts, tables, and maps on key variables.

Prospective consultants should submit a covering letter, full CV, work plan and proposed budget to Mr. Jean Pierre Misago ( by 28 February 2013. Work is to be completed by 30 June 2013. Please also direct any inquiries to Mr. Misago.

For more on the ACMS, visit:


New Publication: Prison Service Journal – Special Edition Migration, Nationality and Detention

A special volume of the Prison Service Journal has just been published on the subject of `Migration, Nationality and Detention.’  The Prison Service Journal (PSJ) is published by HM Prison Service. Its purpose is to promote discussion on issues related to the work of the Prison Service, the wider Criminal Justice System and associated fields. The PSJ is hosted by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies following the re-structure of the Prison service and the loss of the Prison service website.

This volume is available to download here:   January 2013 No. 205

Exhibition: Somalia photo exhibition at Royal Geographical Society

Somalia photo exhibition at Royal Geographical Society

Where: Royal Geographical Society, London
When: 11.02.2013 – 15.03.2013

ICRC Somalia ExhibitionThe ICRC is celebrating the extraordinary courage and resilience of ordinary Somalis in an exhibition of photos at the Royal Geographical Society. Organized in cooperation with the Somali Red Crescent and the British Red Cross, the exhibition illustrates how humanitarian organizations have worked with Somalis over the last 30 years. Entry is free.

For further information: [ICRC website] and [Royal Geographical Association website].



ToC: International Migration February 2013, Volume 51, Issue 1 Pages 1–212

International MigrationThe latest Table of Contents for the journal International Migration has just been published.  Further details for this issue, namely Volume 51, Issue 1 Pages 1–212 (February 2013) can be found by following the link below and details of some of the articles available are also included.

Link –

Rationalities and Images Underlying Labour Migration from Bangladesh to Malaysia (pages 40–60)
By Petra Dannecker

Foreigners and Outsiders: Exclusionist Attitudes towards Labour Migrants in Israel (pages 136–151)

By Rebeca Raijman.

An Estimation of the Economic Impact of Migrant Access on GDP: the Case of the Madrid Region (pages 169–185)

By Rafael de Arce and Ramon Mahia.

Call for Applications: Short Course on Refugee Law Monday 8 April –12 April 2013 Bangkok, Thailand

Call for Applications:

Short Course on Refugee Law

Monday 8 April –12 April 2013

Bangkok, Thailand

Applications received through 28 February 2013

The Centre for Applied Human Rights (University of York, UK), in partnership with the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), is offering a five-day Short Course on International Refugee Law and Advocacy in Bangkok in April 2013.

The course will cover the following topics:

  1. Understanding the legal and policy framework of the international refugee protection regime
  2. Developing national NGO networks for advocacy
  3. Conducting regional and transnational impact litigation of refugee rights
  4. Implementing refugee rights in domestic law
  5. Engaging elected officials and the development of national legislative caucuses
  6. Using national human rights institutions (NHRIs) to monitor and protect the rights of refugees
  7. Using UNHCR processes to protect the rights of refugees
  8. Engaging the human rights mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council, including its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and special procedures (Special Rapporteurs, Working Groups, etc.)

Fore more details and application please visit this website: Click here.


The short course provides an in depth examination of the law and politics of legal advocacy for the rights of refugees, with a particular focus on Asia. The course explores the various mechanisms through which refugee law is developed and can be enforced.

In adopting this focus, it seeks to address the contemporary challenge of those advocating on behalf of refugees: how can we engage the state and the international community so as to better allow refugees to enjoy the rights to which they are entitled?

The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) will convene this three-day workshop to meet the following objectives:

Why attend?

Whatever your level of involvement with refugee issues, this course will provide you with a deeper understanding of the legal frameworks that govern their rights and new ideas for advocacy based upon current case studies drawn from across Asia. Whether you are a post-graduate student, international agency staff, an NGO worker, lawyer or otherwise interested in refugee issues, the course will provide you with a new, rigorous, rights-based understanding of legal advocacy for refugee rights. Formal post-graduate academic credit available.

To apply, please fill out the application form here.

Please note, space and funding is limited, early application is, therefore, encouraged.  Selected candidates will be contacted during the first week of March 2013.

Finalised agenda and logistical information will be released and circulated to applicants and interested parties prior to mid-March 2013.

Queries are welcome and those seeking further information are encouraged to contact Danielle Grigsby or Shannon Murphy at

University of York, Centre for Applied Human Rights, and APRRN Secretariat
28 January 2013


Refugee Work Rights

Our clients have told us repeatedly, to have work is to have life. However, refugees are still denied access to self-employment, wage earning employment and legal protections around the world. In addition, there is very little research to help us understand the practical barriers to refugee employment.  In the coming months, Asylum Access will begin organizing a global advocacy plan, starting with issuing a survey to better understand these barriers. Armed with this information, Asylum Access, along with partners and coalition members, will start working toward practical solutions for refugees seeking self-sufficiency around the world.

Read more to learn about the ground breaking research survey or to join the  Refugee Work Rights Coalition and help make refugee work rights a reality.

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New Publication on gender based violence and inequality in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Details of the following publication have just been published on the ALNAP website:

When Women are Silenced: A documentation of the methodology and findings of action research carried out by journalists and citizen journalists on gender based violence and inequality in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Produced by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency and published in January 2013.

ADRA Denmark and local ADRA partners in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo focus on the empowerment of women and community solutions primarily through the means of media and communication, especially radios which are widely used in the region. The project is using multiple communication channels to ensure that the lessons learned will be rooted and benefit practitioners at local, national and international levels. One of the efforts to ensure shared and in-depth learning is action oriented research, which has been taking place in the second half of 2012. This report shares the action research methods developed, lessons learned, suggested advocacy themes inspired by the action research as well as summaries of the overall findings from all research teams in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Action research methodology development, text and photos: Lotte Ladegaard/Development Close-up:
(Source: ALNAP)

[Download Full Report]
(Source: ALNAP – Development ceases when women are silenced).


New Publications on Syria; Asia; and Economic/Work 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:

New Publications on Syria

An International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria will be held tomorrow in Kuwait City.  In advance of the conference, the U.S. has just pledged $155 million, while the EU has promised €100 million. The UN is seeking a total of $1.5 billion in assistance. You can monitor funding on the Syria Information Hub and via the Financial Tracking Service.

More information on the role the European Union has played in the Syrian crisis, in terms of both humanitarian aid and accepting refugees, is available on the newly launched web site from the Migration Policy Centre: “Syrian Refugees: A Snapshot of the Crisis – in the Middle East and Europe.”


Hospitals and Doctors under Attack in Syria: Q&A with the Chair of the Humanitarian Aid Committee for the Syrian Expatriates Organization (Migration Information Source, Jan. 2013) [text]
– Audio of the Q&A is also available.

Kurdistan’s Syrian Refugee Crisis (Cato Institute, Jan. 2013) [text]

Syria’s Afghan Refugees Trapped in a Double Crisis (UN Dispatch, Jan. 2013) [text]

Syrian Refugees: Facts and Figures (Library of the European Parliament, Dec. 2012) [text]

UN: To Avoid Tensions with Refugees, Lebanese Hosts Need Support (IRIN, Jan. 2013) [text]

New Publications on Asia

Disaster-induced Internal Displacement in the Philippines: The Case of Tropical Storm Washi/Sendong (IDMC, Jan. 2013) [text]

Feet of Clay: Aung San Suu Kyi, UNHCR and the Rohingya Refugees (Footsteps to Freedom Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

Promoting Psychosocial Resilience among Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal: A Study of Ethnopsychology, Coping Strategies, and Community Resources 2011-2012 (Transcultural Psychosocial Organization-Nepal, 2012) [text]

Refugee Watch Online (Jan. 2013) [full-text]
– News and views on displaced people in South Asia.

Working Differently in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations: The ADB Experience (Asian Development Bank, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Publications on Economic/Work Issues

Economic Empowerment of Urban Refugee Youth: Guiding Principles (Women’s Refugee Commission, Jan. 2013) [access]
– Follow the link for access to the text of the Guiding Principles, an executive summary and a presentation about them.  See also related blog post.

“The Economic Security of Refugees and IDPs: Social Capital, Remittances and Humanitarian Assistance,” Chapter in Global Migration: Challenges in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2012) [info]

“The Economics of Forced Migration,” Journal of Development Studies, Forthcoming (SSRN, Jan. 2013) [preprint]
– See also related COMPAS blog post.

Making Work Safe: Safety Mapping Tool (Women’s Refugee Commission, Jan. 2013 [access]
– “Watch this 2-minute video to learn how to make your livelihoods program safe for women.”

Why Aren’t Refugees Allowed to Work? Asylum Access Launches Global Refugee Work Rights Survey (Refugee Work Rights, Jan. 2013) [text]
– Includes an invitation to join the Refugee Work Rights Coalition.


Refugees, Capitalism and the British State

Below is a speech I gave on Saturday 26 January 2013 as part of ‘Against Racism’, a public meeting organised by Tyneside Community Action against Racism in Newcastle, England. Audio and video were recorded for all of the speeches, and will be posted online soon.

Racism and Politics in British State Welfare – speech by Tom Vickers to Against Racism, Newcastle 26 January 2013

John has spoken about the consequences of the parallel, and substandard, welfare system for asylum seekers, and the growing outsourcing to profit-driven companies. I’m going to talk about the longer history that this is part of, in which the ideals of a ‘welfare state’, based on universal access to the best services available, have been consistently corrupted by other priorities, centred on maintaining the dominance of a British ruling class whose interests, and reach, are global. I’m going to speak on four main topics: the way…

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