Daily Archives: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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 – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/imig.2013.51.issue-1/issuetoc

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 atdanielle@aprrn.info or Shannon Murphy at  shannon.aprrn@gmail.com.

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: http://www.lotteladegaard.dk.
(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:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

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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