Daily Archives: Monday, January 21, 2013

Forthcoming Events

Details of these new events 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/

The Limits of Refugee Law: Human Trafficking and Challenges to the International Protection Regime, London, 21 February 2013 [info] [book a place]
– Presentation by Ryszard Piotrowicz, who recently authored an article in the International Journal of Refugee Law entitled “States’ Obligations under Human Rights Law towards Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings: Positive Developments in Positive Obligations.”

Economic Migrants and Displaced People in Azerbaijan, Washington, DC, 22 January 2013 [info]

“Humanity and Legality: Rights of Refugees and Legal Mobilisation,” International Refugee Law Seminar Series, London, 22 January 2013 [info]
– The Refugee Law Initiative series continues, with three subsequent presentations scheduled.

“Psychology and Asylum-Seeking Children,” Refugee Protection and Psychology Seminar Series, London, 29 January 2013 [info]
– The Refugee Law Initiative series continues, with one subsequent presentation scheduled.

“Deterrence through Detention: The Implications for Asylum in Canada and the UK,” The Challenge of Change: Confronting Asylum Law and Practice in the United Kingdom and Canada Seminar Series, London, 31 January 2013 [info]
– This joint RLI/CRS series continues, with one subsequent presentation scheduled.

Seminar on the Right to Citizenship: Towards Fuller Implementation of Art. 15 UDHR, Maastricht, 7 March 2013 [info]
– Programme now available.

Conference: “Children First and Foremost: Realising the rights of children and families in an irregular migration situation”

The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) will hold an international workshop entitled:

“Children First and Foremost: Realising the rights of children and families in an irregular migration situation”

on Tuesday 26 February 2013 at the Residence Palace (155 Rue de la Loi, Block C, 1040, Brussels, Belgium)

This international conference seeks to consolidate both PICUM’s work on undocumented children and PICUM’s two-year capacity-building project entitled Building Strategies to Improve Protection of Undocumented Children in Europe.” The conference will highlight the difficulties undocumented children face in accessing rights such as education, healthcare and housing, and the good practice strategies that have been developed to surmount the practical and administrative barriers to accessing rights. This will also be an opportunity for PICUM to present the project’s final publication, a guide on protecting the rights of undocumented children in Europe.

Intended for civil society advocates, front-line organisations, public officials, policy makers, professionals and social service providers, this event will guarantee a rich participation of experts and professionals working with undocumented children.

More detailed information about the conference will be available shortly. The draft agenda is available here. In the meantime please mark this date in your diaries and if you want to register please click here.

The workshop will be free of charge, but places are limited. please note that participants will have to cover their own transport and accommodation costs related to this event. Please feel free to share this information with anyone who might be interested in attending the event.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Sangeetha Iengar on sangeetha.iengar@picum.org or Marta Mateos on marta.mateos@picum.org.

Best,

The PICUM Secretariat

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La Plate-forme pour la Coopération Internationale sur les Sans-papiers (PICUM) tiendra une Conférence internationale intitulée:

“Des enfants d’abord et avant tout: faire valoir les droits des enfants et des familles en situation irrégulière”

le Mardi 26 Février 2013 au Résidence Palace

155, Rue de la Loi, Bloc C

1040, Bruxelles, Belgique

Cette conférence internationale a non seulement le but de consolider le travail de PICUM à propos des enfants en situation irrégulière, mais aussi le projet Elaborer des stratégies pour améliorer la protection des enfants en situation de migration irrégulière en Europe.”, un projet de ‘capacity-building’ commencé il y a deux ans. La conférence veut souligner les difficultés qu’ont les enfants en situation irrégulière lorsqu’ils tentent d’accéder à des droits comme le droit à l’éducation, à la sante ou au logement. De plus, la conférence veut mettre en évidence les bonnes pratiques développées au cours des années pour que les enfants puissent accéder à ces droits et surmonter les barrières administratives présentes dans la réalité.

Cet événement sera aussi l’opportunité pour PICUM de présenter le Rapport final de ce projet. Celui-ci consiste en un guide sur la protection des droits des enfants en situation de migration irrégulière en Europe.

Conçue pour les organisations de la société civile, les associations en première ligne dans la protection des enfants en situation irrégulière, les fonctionnaires publics, les responsables politiques, les professionnels et assistants des services sociaux, cette conférence sera un haut lieu de discussion assurée par une participation importante d’experts et de professionnels travaillant avec les enfants en situation irrégulière.

Plus de détails sur cette conférence vous seront envoyés dans les plus brefs délais possibles. Le programme provisoire en anglais est disponible ici. La version francaise sera disponible sous peu.  En attendant, nous vous prions de marquer cette date dans vos calendriers et, si d’ores et déjà  vous désirez vous enregistrer, nous vous prions de cliquer sur ce lien.

Cet événement est ouvert à tous. Aucun droit d’inscription n’est demandé. Nous ne sommes malheureusement pas en mesure de couvrir les frais liés au transport et à l’hébergement. De plus, les places sont limitées. N’hésitez pas à divulguer ces informations à toute personne qui pourrait être intéressée à cette conférence.

Pour plus d’information, ou si vous avez des questions, nous vous prions de contacter Sangeetha Iengar (sangeetha.iengar@picum.org) ou Marta Mateos (marta.mateos@picum.org).

 

Bien à vous,

Le secrétariat de PICUM

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La Plataforma para la Cooperación Internacional para Inmigrantes Indocumentados (PICUM) va a celebrar un taller internacional titulado:

“Niños primero y ante todo:

Una guía para hacer valer los derechos de los niños y las familias en situación migratoria irregular”

Martes 26 de febrero de 2013 en el Residence Palace

155 Rue de la Loi, Block C

1040, Bruselas, Bélgica

Esta conferencia internacional busca consolidar, por un lado, el trabajo de PICUM sobre los niños en situación irregular, como también el proyectoConstrucción de estrategias para mejorar la protección de los niños en situación migratoria irregular en Europa, de dos años de duración, dirigido al desarrollo de las capacidades. La conferencia hará hincapié en las dificultades a las que se enfrentan los niños en situación irregular, al acceder a derechos como la educación, asistencia sanitaria y vivienda. Asimismo, la conferencia pondrá de relieve una serie de buenas prácticas y estrategias que han sido desarrolladas para superar las barreras prácticas y administrativas que impiden acceder a estos derechos. Esta conferencia supondrá además una oportunidad para que PICUM presente la publicación del final del proyecto, una guía dirigida a proteger los derechos de los niños que se encuentran en situación irregular en Europa.

Esta conferencia se dirige a los defensores de los migrantes, miembros de la sociedad civil, organizaciones de primera línea, trabajadores públicos, a los que diseñan las políticas, a los profesionales y a los prestadores de servicios. Asimismo, garantizará una rica participación de expertos y profesionales que trabajan con niños en situación irregular.

Se le enviara información más detallada muy brevemente. El porgrama provisional en ingles esta disponible aqui. La version en espanol estara disponible muy pronto. Mientras tanto, por favor, anoten esta fecha en sus agendas y si desean registrarse han click aqui.

La participación en este evento está abierta a todo el mundo, y no existe ningún coste de participación, pero tenga en cuenta que los participantes han de hacerse cargo de sus gastos de viaje y alojamiento. Las plazas son limitadas. No dude en compartir esta invitación con cualquier persona que crea que pueda estar interesada en participar.

Para recibir más información, o si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor, no dude en ponerse en contacto con  Sangeetha Iengar  sangeetha.iengar@picum.org o Marta Mateos marta.mateos@picum.org.

Un cordial saludo
La secretaria de PICUM

British Future Report – State of the Nation 2013: Where is bittersweet Britain heading?

State of the Nation 2013: Where is bittersweet Britain heading?

State of the Nation 2013: Where is bittersweet Britain heading?

A new report has been published by British Future and entitled: State of the Nation 2013: Where is bittersweet Britain heading?

Like any adolescent, 2013 Britain is going to be tugged in different directions by those who think they know best about the future. Those to the fore are: the different lobbies on the British relationship with the European Union; those on different sides on whether we need a slimmed down public sector; as well as forces lobbying for and against Scottish independence; those in favour of the government’s currrent immigration cap and those that aren’t; and those arguing that the “shirkers” have it easy and the workers need more support.

But despite the less glamorous image of the year ahead, Britons feel a touch more positive about their families and the places where they live at the start of 2013, compared with the same moment last year. We are even a little bit less pessimistic about the British economy than we were in New Year 2012.

And when it comes to future-gazing, nearly half of parents think the quality of life
of their children will be better, or similar to, their own, in spite of the struggle many young people are encountering with entering the jobs market. On the other hand, a quarter think their children are going to take a shift down.
(Source: DocuBase)

[Download Full Report]

Media coverage of this report are as follows:

The Guardian – Questions and key findings in the British Future poll – graphic.

The Guardian – Come friendly Poles and settle in Slough

The Guardian – Immigration fears have to be faced and defused, not dismissed

The Guardian – Immigration is British society’s biggest problem, shows survey of public

New Publications on Sanctuary in the City; Afghanistan; Humanitarian Exchange; Greece; Sahel; Statistics

Sanctuary in the city? Urban displacement and vulnerability in the Gaza Strip (pdf, 435.32k, 38 pages)

Sanctuary in the city? Urban displacement and vulnerability in the Gaza Strip (pdf, 435.32k, 38 pages)

Sanctuary in the city? Urban displacement and vulnerability in the Gaza Strip
HPG Working Papers
By Simone Haysom and Wasseem el Sarraj

Research into successive waves of forced displacement in Gaza in recent years will make for timely reading. The publication of ‘Displacement and vulnerability in the Gaza Strip’ coincides with the immediate aftermath of the Israeli military operation,‘Pillar of Defence.’

Its contents illuminate the consequences of upheaval generated by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the citizens of Gaza. Based on hundreds of interviews with the enclave’s residents, and those tasked with assisting them, the research demonstrates that the military tactics deployed in ‘Operation Pillar of Defence’ are just one of many factors that generate the displacement, loss of shelter, livelihoods and life that are all too frequently the price paid by civilians caught up in conflict.

The authors offer a series of recommendations to national entities; international governments and donors; international humanitarian and development organisations.  The report is the most recent publication on urban displacement which forms part of the ‘Sanctuary in the city?’ series.

[Download Full Report]
(pdf, 435.32k, 38 pages)

Talking to the other side: humanitarian engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan
HPG Working Papers
By Ashley Jackson and Antonio Giustozzi
[Download Full Report]

Humanitarian Exchange Magazine: ISSUE 56 January 2013 Civil-military coordination.
By the Humanitarian Practice Network.
[Download Full Text]

Greece: The End of the Road for Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and Migrants.
By Amnesty International.
[Download Full Report]

From early warning to reinforcing resilience: Lessons learned from the 2011-2012 Sahel response
By F. Grünewald and J. Paul.
[Download Full Report]

Press release 184 – Non-UK domicile students.
By The Higher Education Statistics Agency
[Access Press Release]
See Also – The Daily Telegraph:  Number of Indian students in higher education down 25% and The Guardian – Fall in students from India and Pakistan as immigration rules bite.