Daily Archives: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Events: The deportation of unaccompanied minors: family-tracing and government accountability in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) project

Workshop – The deportation of unaccompanied minors: family-tracing and government accountability in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) project

Date: 10:30am, Friday, May 03, 2013

Presenter/Convenor: Professor Dawn Chatty and Dr Martin Lemberg-Pedersen

Location: Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

The European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) is an EU project to find new methods for the return of unaccompanied minors, mainly from Afghanistan, who have received a final rejection of their asylum application.

By European law, unaccompanied children cannot be removed before they reach 18 years of age. However, deportations of children from partner countries of the ERPUM project – including the UK – are taking place now, and the lack of consultation or public access to information about the project raises serious questions of government accountability.

This one-day workshop will convene academics and policymakers to discuss this urgent and critical issue.


10:30-11:00 Registration and coffee/tea

11:00-11.15 Introduction – Dawn Chatty, RSC

11:15-11.45 ‘The evolution of the ERPUM project’ – Martin Lemberg-Pedersen, University of Copenhagen 11:45-12:30 ‘Afghan perspectives on ERPUM’ – Liza Schuster, City University London.

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:15 ‘ERPUM and the Convention on the Rights of the Child’ – Rebecca Stern, University of Uppsala 14:15-15:00 ‘The legal and political viability of ERPUM under international law’ – Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Danish Institute for International Studies 15:00-16:00 Coffee/tea

16:00-16:45 ‘Ethical reflections on ERPUM’ – Matthew J Gibney, RSC 16:45-17:30  Panel discussion 17:30-18:00  Summary and closing session


A limited number of places are available to attend this workshop. To register your interest, please complete the online registration form http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/erpum-register-interest

If you are unable to attend in person, this event will be streamed online and we greatly encourage the participation of academics, policymakers, students and activists involved in asylum welfare. Online participants will be able to follow the event live and join the conversation through Twitter. Further details will be announced on the RSC website http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/erpum-workshop/#stream


Courses: ‘EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policies’ and ‘Human Trafficking and Smuggling’ (17 April-28 May 2013)’

As part of HREA’s new certificate program on Migration & Asylum, the following two courses are upcoming: EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policies and Human Trafficking and Smuggling. If you register and pay by 20 March you can still benefit from a 15% discount on the tuition.

EU MIGRATION AND ASYLUM LAW AND POLICIES (17 April-28 May 2013) – http://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=1399&language_id=1

Course instructors: Dr. Diego Acosta Arcarazo and Dr. Violeta Moreno-Lax

Composed of 27 Member States that were traditionally sending countries, but which have become key destinations for migrants and refugees from all over the world in the past half century, the EU is one of the central players in the international community in terms of migration and asylum legislation and policies. The last few years have also seen the resurgence of emigration flows from some EU Member States into other countries and regions in the world. This is coupled with the creation of an Internal Market where free movement of EU citizens in ensured and the establishment of an area of freedom, security and justice whose external borders are jointly controlled.

A number of complex policies and legislation have therefore been adopted in order to address these phenomena while cooperating with third countries in the areas of migration and asylum. For those living and working outside the EU, understanding its migration system can be a true challenge. This e-learning course will focus on the various aspects of EU immigration and asylum law, in particular: institutional aspects; the development of a Common European Asylum System (CEAS); policies on legal migration, including admission of immigrants for labour migration; the rights of third-country nationals in the EU, and their integration in European societies; irregular migration, and measures to combat it; border controls and border security; the external dimension of EU action, including relations with third countries in the fields of return of irregular migrants, readmission agreements and the protection of asylum seekers and refugees.

Course outline

Week 1. Introduction to EU policy and legislation on immigration and asylum Week 2. Irregular migration in the European Union Week 3. Admission of third-country nationals to the EU Week 4. Rights and integration of third-country nationals Week 5. Borders in the EU: Schengen, visas, carrier sanctions, ILOs & Frontex Week 6. The development of a Common European Asylum System II

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit:


HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND SMUGGLING (17 April-28 May 2013) – http://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=1439&language_id=1

Instructors: Dr. Kirill Boychenko and Dr. Veerendra Mishra

Decreasing opportunities for legal migration, and increasing economic and security complications in countries of origin often force people to migrate irregularly and often ending up being victims of exploitation for labor or sex. The high demand for low skilled/low cost labour in the global north (coupled with well-established informal labour practices in destination and transit countries) and bad information about legal migration channels finish the equation that benefit smuggling and trafficking networks.

This e-learning course analyses the concepts of migrant smuggling and human trafficking while discussing various practical cases from around the globe and existing policies and practices of prevention and prosecution to combat these crimes and protect and address the needs of victims such as victim identification and national/trans-national referral mechanisms or regularisation programmes. It also addresses the links between smuggling, trafficking, labour migration and forced migration.

Course outline

Week 1. Introduction to human trafficking and smuggling Week 2. Multi-agency approach to trafficking and smuggling Week 3. Victim identification Week 4. National and trans-national referral mechanisms, Standard Operating Procedures Week 5. Developing national strategies and action plans on human trafficking and smuggling Week 6. Monitoring national strategies and actions plans

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit:



The courses involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction among students and instructors, webinars and quizzes, and is offered over a 6-week period. The courses integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25.


The courses are aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain knowledge in the field of migration and asylum such as: government officials dealing with migration and related issues (at local and national levels); EU policy makers; national authorities of EU and non-EU countries dealing with migration and asylum policies; staff of inter-governmental organisations such as the IOM and UNHCR; NGO staff members and service providers and students of law, international relations, politics and social sciences, among other. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution among the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25. It is also possible to audit the courses. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the courses.


Tuition fee for participants: $ 490 (15% discount) if paid by 20 March 2013; $ 575 after 20 Marc 2013.

For a full list of courses offered in HREA’s Migration & Asylum certificate program, please visit www.hrea.org/migration .

Funding opportunity and event: UNHCR and Tilburg University announce Award for Statelessness Research and international conference


Together with Tilburg University, UNHCR has established a UNHCR Award for Statelessness Research. The Award will be administered by Tilburg and a call for nominations has already been announced for 2013. A prize pool of € 3,000 will be distributed among the winners in three categories for research at the undergraduate, masters and doctorate levels, as decided by the jury comprised of members from UNHCR and Tilburg as well as other leading academic institutions drawn from all geographic regions. Through this award, UNHCR and the Statelessness Programme will be able to map existing research, identify promising young researchers within the field and monitor ongoing gaps in geographic and thematic coverage of research. This is an innovative way for UNHCR to respond to the request by the Executive Committee in Conclusion 106 to promote research on statelessness. The closing date for nominations for the inaugural award is 1 May 2013, and the winners will be announced on 28 September each year, to coincide with the date of adoption of the 1954 Statelessness Convention. Further details are available at: http://www.unhcr.org/512628ab6.html


Also in coordination with Tilburg University, UNHCR will co-host an international conference on statelessness in September 2014 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Statelessness Convention. Entitled “The First Global Forum on Statelessness: New Research and Policy Perspectives”, the conference will be a three-day event, inviting leading academics, international institutions, governmental representatives, NGOs and stateless persons themselves.  The event will be multi-disciplinary and have a strong emphasis on policy as opposed to being purely academic. The conference aims to raise awareness, encourage new research, create dialogue and galvanize action on statelessness within the academic and legal communities, government and civil society actors, the media and stateless people themselves. A pre-announcement for the conference is available at:  http://www.unhcr.org/5141e6a29.html


Dr. Joachim Stern


+43 650 7783 775


juridikum.at Austria’s Critical Law Review eudo-citizenship.eu European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship


Call for Papers: The Multiple Truths of Asylum (University of the Witwatersrand, African Centre for Migration & Society)

University of the Witwatersrand
African Centre for Migration & Society


A symposium to be hosted on the 6 to 7th June 2013 by the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, with a public keynote lecture by Professor Didier Fassin, on the evening of the 5th June.

Call for Papers

Institutionalized via the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 New York Protocol, the politics of asylum and the status of refugees are far from corresponding to a uniform frame. Numerous differentiations exist between countries in terms of procedures to ascertain the legitimacy of the protection sought by people who claim to be victim of, or who fear, persecution because of their “race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion” – these range from the individual assessment of asylum claims to large-scale forced encampments.

This symposium therefore proposes to analyze what can be called the multiple truths of asylum. This expression must be understood in three different ways, which are complementary. First, there is what one considers as the legitimate grounds for seeking asylum and deserving the status of refugee: these grounds have changed over time, with the inclusion of new groups, such as women or homosexuals from certain regions of the world. However, other groups – such as those affected by widespread political or economic turmoil, or environmental change – may be denied legitimacy. Furthermore, asylum claims may differ between countries, certain criteria being more or less relevant depending on where the claim is filed. Second, there is the verification, through various procedures, of the veracity of the narrative of the asylum-seekers: the idea that many immigrants are trying to benefit from the status of refugee has led, in some cases, to increasingly developed bureaucracies and sophisticated investigations, including the request of medical and psychological certificates. It has also, in other cases, led to attempts to restrict the socio-economic entitlements of asylum seekers, and also to extensive systems of rent-seeking within the asylum system. Third, are truths produced in the social field regarding legitimate claims to refuge and socio-economic entitlements to non-nationals – truths produced through public discourse, the media, and also through violence. A critical question we ask here is: what is the relationship between state and juridical truths about ‘asylum’, and those of host populations, asylum seekers, as well as other non-national migrants?

We invite papers from different disciplines which will enlighten the diverse dimensions of the truth of asylum in various geographic, national and historical contexts. A selection of papers will developed into a special edition to be edited by Professor Didier Fassin, from the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton, by Professor Loren Landau, Director of the ACMS, and Dr Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon, researcher at the ACMS.

Please send abstracts of 300 to 500 words, along with a CV, to matthew@migration.org.za and Lenore.Longwe@wits.ac.za by 30 March 2013. Drafts of accepted papers will be expected by the 31 May 2013. Registration for the symposium is free for those with papers accepted, although transportation and accommodation must be covered by the applicant. Partial funding may be available for travel and accommodation for a select candidate from another African country.



Events: RSC Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture 2013


Date: 05:00pm, Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Location: Seminar Room 3, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB

Series: Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture, Public Seminar Series

Register to attend – http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/register-2013-colson-lecture

The 2013 Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture will set out the history of the drastic and often violent dispossession of the peoples of the southern Kalahari. This is an area reached by the 1908 German wars of extermination against indigenous peoples, and where all the forces of colonial occupation have been brought to bear.

For the San living within South Africa, the apartheid regime meant a final eviction from their last remaining lands. This meant that the ‡Khomani became a diaspora of people without rights to land, work or even a place to live; refugees in what was supposed to be their own country. In 1999, a small group of ‡Khomani San succeeded in winning a land claim, as a result of which many were deemed to have rights to land and places to live in new security.

The lecture will follow the events and aftermath of this land claim, looking at how a settlement might achieve justice but may not necessarily bring well-being. As part of the lecture, a 35 minute film will be shown, which follows the people as they launch and then celebrate their claim.

About Hugh Brody

Hugh Brody is an anthropologist, film-maker and writer. He worked in the High Arctic in the 1970s, where he immersed himself in the daily life of Inuit who lived in government settlements yet spent much of their time on the land. He has been involved in land rights and aboriginal research in the USA, India, Australia and Southern Africa, as well as across Canada.

His books include Maps And Dreams and Living Arctic and The Other Side of Eden. His films include Nineteen Nineteen, Time Immemorial, The Washing of Tears, Hunters and Bombers, Inside Australia and The Meaning of Life.

His most recent research and filming has been in the southern Kalahari in South Africa and is centred on the land claim, heritage and languages of the ‡Khomani San.

Hugh Brody is an Associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies at the Univeristy of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada.


Call for Papers: Deadline Extension: Workshop on Transnational Approaches to Historical Research

Call for Papers

Workshop on Transnational Approaches to Historical Research Corinth, Greece, 21-22 June 2013

Transnational approaches as a means by which to develop and inform research are currently widely discussed amongst social scientists.

Transnational approaches to the past offer a method of conducting historical research by focusing on links, flows and networks between places, organizations, groups and individuals. In doing so, they open up broader analytical possibilities for capturing phenomena whose range is subnational, supranational or multinational.

The workshop will be held on Friday and Saturday the 21rst and 22nd of June 2013 at the Department of Social and Educational Policy, University of the Peloponnese, in Corinth, a seaside city of Greece which is located an hour and a half from Athens’ airport and which can be accessed by a train that leaves directly from the airport.

The workshop will be organized in the context of a research project aiming at tracing the establishment and the activities of the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (renamed the International Organization for Migration in 1989). The project is jointly financed by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs of Greece and the European Social Fund (Action “ARISTEIA”).

We invite proposals discussing and debating the term transnationalism, elucidating the methodological issues a transnational perspective in historical research raises, and, highlighting its heuristic possibilities and limits.  In view of our research on the history of the establishment of the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration in the early post-World War II period, we especially welcome papers that focus on transnational approaches of:

–       International Organizations

–       the Cold War

–       intergovernmental or NGOs interventions in migration processes

–       processes defining the policy agenda worldwide

–       processes generating the knowledge needed to steer international


–       experts’ role in the provision of knowledge, analysis and


–       generation of data on labour migration, labour market trends and

their relationship to the world economy

–       the creation of  networks of shared interests and concerns

–       the emergence of discursive and cognitive frameworks that

legitimate the regulation of migration; the elaboration and selection of the terms, concepts and perceptions used to interpret and address migration

The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 March 2013.

The selection outcome will be announced by the end of March 2013.

Researchers interested in participating in the workshop are requested to send their proposals to g.tourgeli@yahoo.gr. Proposals should be approximately 400 words in length and should include a short biographical note of max. 200 words.

Participants should normally obtain support from their appropriate national agencies or from relevant international organizations. A limited number of participants may receive financial support from the organizers.



Call for Papers: International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History, October 2013

Fourteenth Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History

University of Texas at Arlington

Date of Conference: October 25-26, 2013

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: June 1, 2013

Keynote Speakers:

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, University of Texas at Austin

Ann Laura Stoler, The New School for Social Research

The Transatlantic History Student Organization in collaboration with Phi Alpha Theta, the Barksdale Lecture Series, the History Department, and the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Texas at Arlington are sponsoring the Fourteenth Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History.

Transatlantic history examines the circulation and interaction of people, goods, and ideas between and within any of the four continents surrounding the Atlantic basin between the time of the first Atlantic contacts in the 1400s and the present day. Situated primarily in the fields of both social and cultural history, its approaches are problem-oriented in scope, and highlighted by comparative and transnational frameworks.

This conference seeks to explore and further establish shared terminology, methodologies, and defining parameters as they pertain to the field of transatlantic history. It also seeks to serve as an interdisciplinary and intercontinental meeting place where such ideas can converge into a common conversation.

We invite paper and panel submissions that are historical, geographical, anthropological, literary, sociological, and cartographic in nature that fall within the scope of transatlantic studies from both graduate students and young scholars. We will accept submissions for papers written in English, French, Spanish, and German.

Selected participants’ papers will be considered for publication in Traversea, the peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal in transatlantic history operated by doctoral students as a joint project between THSO and the doctoral program in transatlantic history at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

– New World encounters

– Atlantic empires

– Transatlantic networks

– Making of nation-states

– Transnational spaces

– Transatlantic migration

– Diaspora studies

– Collective memory

– Identity construction

– Transatlantic cuisine and consumption

– Intercultural transfer and transfer studies

– Transnational families

– Teaching transnational history

Submission of individual paper abstracts should be approximately three hundred words in length and should be accompanied by an abbreviated, maximum one-page, curriculum vita. Panel proposals (3-4 people) should include titles and abstracts of panel as a whole as well as each individual paper. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2013. We will notify authors of accepted papers by July 1, 2013.

Financial assistance may be available to eligible international presenters.

The Conference Organizing Committee is composed of Nicole Léopoldie, Bryan Garrett and Isabelle Rispler. Please direct submissions and questions to Nicole Léopoldie: nicole.leopoldie@mavs.uta.edu<mailto:nicole.leopoldie@mavs.uta.edu>.


Call for Papers: UCL Migration Research Unit Student Conference 2013

Forced Migration: Global Perspectives and Practices Student Conference 12th June 2013, University College London (UCL)

Call for papers:

As we turn further into the twenty-first century, our ways of making sense of the world are becoming increasingly compromised. Shifting causes and patterns of human movement are encouraging a reassessment of perspectives and practices towards migration. In terms of forced migration studies, factors such as climate change, food security and the economic crisis, as well as the continuation of existing pressures, like protracted refugee situations and internal displacement, have dramatically altered the field. If people are not forced by the violent or persecutory actions of others to seek protection but feel compelled to leave their home due to natural disasters or poverty, to what extent can they be considered forced migrants?

In the face of this changing context, there is a clear importance in widening our analytical vision beyond Western Europe, fostering a global perspective in order to develop new practices and policies on a global, regional and local scale. Are we now starting to push the boundaries and interpretation of terminologies? Is it time for a whole new theoretical and practical vocabulary to take migration studies into the future?

‘Forced Migration: Global Perspectives and Practices’ is a student conference organised in collaboration with the Migration Research Unit at UCL in order to encourage students from different disciplines to share their current research in this area. This conference seeks perspectives from across the world, including current and historical approaches, on issues and experiences in relation to forced migration. The event aims to provide a forum for an exchange of ideas and knowledge between students working on these issues.

We invite all postgraduate students (Masters and PhD level) to submit short abstracts (500 words) of their research by the 15th April 2013 to mrustudentconference@gmail.com. Presentations during the conference will be roughly 20 minutes for each speaker. We encourage students from any academic discipline to contribute, and papers with an interdisciplinary perspective are especially welcome.

Suggested themes include (but are not limited to):

– Accountability, Rights and Responsibility: State, Society and the Individual

– Agency and Victimhood

– Integration, Citizenship and Belonging

– Blurring of Borders and Boundaries: Concepts, Terminologies and Forms of Movement

– Protracted Refugee Situations, Refugee Camps and Durable Solutions

– International Protection, Regional Responses and Local Policy

– Overcoming Barriers: Advocacy, Activism and Civil and Political Rights

– Social and Economic Rights of Forced Migrants

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REFUGE: CANADA’S JOURNAL ON REFUGEES Vol 28, No 2 (2011): General Issue


Vol 28, No 2 (2011): General Issue

Table of Contents




Introduction (Michael Barutciski)

A Refugee Camp Conundrum: Geopolitics, Liberal Democracy, and Protracted Refugee Situations (Jennifer Hyndman) New Approaches to Urban Refugee Livelihoods (Dale Buscher) Welcome to Ireland: Seeking Protection as an Asylum Seeker or through Resettlement-Different Avenues, Different Reception (Louise Kinlen)

Debate on Asylum Policy

Protecting Boat People (David Matas)

Protecting Boat People Reply to David Matas (James Bissett) Protecting Boat People Reply to James Bissett (David Matas)

Special Section on South Africa

Contextual Introduction to UCT Refugee Rights Unit Special Section (Tal Schreier) Critical Challenges to Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Foreign Children in the Western Cape: Lessons Learned at the University of Cape Town Refugee Rights Unit (Tal Schreier) Reunification of the Refugee Family in South Africa: A Legal Right (Fatima Khan) Interpreting for Refugees: “Where practicable and necessary only?” (Fatima Khan) Addressing Xenophobia in the Equality Courts of South Africa (Justin de Jager)

From the 2012 Conference organized by the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Conference Restructuring Refuge and Settlement: Responding to the Global Dynamics of Displacement (Volker Türk) Becoming Queer Here: Integration and Adaptation Experiences of Sexual Minority Refugees in Toronto (David AB Murray)

Refuge is now an open access journal. All articles are freely available online and for download. http://www.yorku.ca/refuge


Events: Conference on Saudi immigration policy

Conference on Saudi immigration policy

Bafakih & Nassief Lawyers and Legal Consultants

According to the latest data available, Saudi Arabia was the most popular migrant destination in the Middle East, fourth most popular worldwide (1). Despite current policies which aim to reduce the reliance on foreign labor in the private sector, hiring of foreign workers in the public sector increased by 61% (2) in the last year, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority relaxed the rules on foreign investment (paving the way for foreign investors to migrate to the Kingdom to invest locally), and many private sector industries continue to rely on foreign labor, despite the Ministry of Labor limitations.

In addition to the above mentioned changes, the Ministry of Interior recently changed its policies towards residency of the children of Saudi Arabian mothers, and issued an amnesty call for long-term residents of Burmese origin, providing them with new residency rights (including the right to legal employment). Given all these changes in immigration related laws and policies, and the limited amount of research available, Bafakih & Nassief Lawyers and Legal Consultants would like to organize a conference to bring together various stakeholders from the private and public sectors, to discuss and examine how the changes affect individual migrants in the Kingdom, potential long-term issues that may arise, and the future of immigration in Saudi Arabia.

We are interested in examining these issues from the perspectives of policy makers, legal practitioners, and academics who are interested in migration and residency in Saudi Arabia. We are currently looking for speakers who can address the following:

* Are restrictions on the employment of foreign workers in the private sector a feasible long-term strategy?

* How has the introduction of restrictions on foreign migrant labor affected the private sector’s ability to retain or hire foreign talent?

* The experience(s) of migrant workers in the Kingdom after the Nitaqat restrictions have been implemented * Issues with the current sponsorship/kafala residency system, and the potential for expanding long-term residency rights to migrants * Irregular migration, refugees, and amnesty in Saudi Arabia, and forced migration (into or out of the Kingdom) * Identifying push and pull factors that influence migration policy change in Saudi Arabia * The impact of the recent changes in residency rights for children of Saudi Arabian mothers on potential citizenship law changes for them and those born in Saudi Arabia of non Saudi Arabian parents

We are also accepting suggestions for other Saudi Arabian migration themes we can address. If you have any suggestions for topics or speakers, or would like further information, please contact Arwa Aulaqi at arwa@bnfirm.com


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Call for Articles: Forced Migration Review issue 45 on ‘Crisis migration’

Call for Articles:


Deadline for submission of articles: September 2nd 2013

FMR 45 – to be published in December 2013 – will include a major feature on ‘Crisis migration’, focusing on people who move or become ‘trapped’ in the context of diverse humanitarian crises but do not fit well within existing legal, policy and operational frameworks for the protection of refugees and internally displaced people.

‘Crisis migration’ focuses on movements stemming from humanitarian crises, which are often triggered by a broad array of situations in which there are widespread threats to life, health, physical safety or subsistence. These events and processes include acute natural hazards (e.g. floods and earthquakes); slower-onset environmental degradation (e.g. drought and desertification); environmental disasters such as nuclear and industrial accidents; violence and political instability that do not rise to the level of armed conflict but render communities unsafe; and epidemics and pandemics that cause high levels of morbidity and mortality. Stressors such as governance deficiencies, human insecurity and mega-trends also interact with such triggers, creating or perpetuating humanitarian crises and leading to many different forms of displacement.

This issue of FMR is being prepared in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University. ISIM is working on a three-year project to identify and develop principles and effective practices to address the protection of ‘crisis migrants’ (see http://isim.georgetown.edu/work/crisis/). FMR 45 will include articles based on papers commissioned for the project. We are also seeking additional submissions. Please see the full call for articles at www.fmreview.org/crisis .

The FMR editors are looking for practice-oriented submissions, reflecting a diverse range of opinions but focusing on situations of forced displacement and the protection of ‘crisis migrants’, which will supplement the ISIM papers (listed at the end of the Call for articles online) and address questions such as the following:

. What are the implications of broadening discussion of forced migration to ‘crisis migration’?

. What cases of displacement  fall outside the scope of the existing frameworks relating to refugees and internally displaced persons? Could these be classified as ‘crisis migration’?

. Are there legal, policy, operational and organisational frameworks that address or have the potential to address crisis migration and the protection of crisis migrants?

. In what ways do practitioners already fill gaps in existing legal and policy frameworks to deal with crisis migration and crisis migrants?

. What are the needs of crisis migrants – those who are displaced, move in anticipation of threats, or become trapped? What are or should be their rights?

. What forms of protection should be afforded to different types of crisis migrants?

. What are the specific issues and strategies to be considered with regard to non-citizens, such as refugees, asylum seekers, migrant workers or stateless people, who are caught in a place experiencing a humanitarian crisis?

. Are there specific issues and strategies to be considered with regard to gender, age or other potential causes of vulnerability, in relation to specific forms of crisis migration?

. What are the roles, responsibilities and obligations of states and of the international community in responding to crisis migration?

. Are there emerging or predictable challenges locally, regionally or globally that might be considered as likely to cause ‘crisis migration’ but that are not yet on policy or assistance agendas?

We are looking for examples of good, replicable practice and experience. We are also particularly keen to reflect the experiences and knowledge of communities and individuals directly affected by these questions.

Please note: as the Editors already have a set of submissions in hand from the outputs of the ISIM project (see list of ISIM papers below), you are strongly advised to contact the Editors at fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk about your proposed submission before writing, in order to check that it does not duplicate material already planned for publication. Thank you.

Maximum length: 2,500 words.

Deadline for submission: September 2nd 2013

If you are thinking of writing for FMR, please consult our guide for authors at www.fmreview.org/you/writing-fmr.

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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Call for Papers: Denaturalizing climate change: migration, mobilities and spaces

Call for Papers:


Artec | Research Centre for Sustainability Studies, University of Bremen,

31 October 2013 – 01 November 2013

Denaturalizing climate change: migration, mobilities and spaces

Call for papers

This workshop has two goals: on the one side, we aim at further developing critical empirical research perspectives that address social processes linked to climate change. On the other side, we want to use climate change as a “theory machine” (cf. Helmreich 2011, Galison 2003) that helps us to gain new insights into transformation processes of the 21st century more generally.

In recent years, the climate change and mobility nexus has become a central focus for the interdisciplinary field of climate change adaptation research. Much attention has been given to defining, measuring, and consequentially managing environmentally driven migration, mirroring widespread public concerns about increased human mobility from global South to North in the context of climate change. So far, the issue has been largely discussed along existing categories of migration control, often overlapping with security discourses addressing perceived threats of future climate change. Determining the role of environmental factors for human mobility remains contentious and tends to rely on a problematic distinction between society and nature as two clearly separable realms.

With this workshop, we want to revisit the climate change and migration nexus and bring at least two bodies of critical literature into the conversation. On the one hand, the wide field of critical mobility and postcolonial theory theorizes struggles on interpretational sovereignty and asks questions on new conflicts around resources and postcolonial identities. We believe that these critical interventions, such as the transmigration perspective and the “autonomy of migration”‐ concept (Mezzadra, 2011; Moulier Boutang, 2007; Tsianos, 2007) and postcolonial perspectives that deconstruct new forms of “othering” of potential climate migrants (Farbotko 2012) should play a crucial role in our attempts to understand the social transformation processes linked to climate change. They could help us e.g. to analyse how adaptation measures and related discourses can stabilize or destabilize elites in different social fields, depending on how new resources are distributed and which epistemic communities are strengthened. On the other hand, scholars at the intersections of critical geography, anthropology and science and technology studies have challenged the society‐nature dualism with new theoretical verve (cf. Hinchliffe 2007, Castree/Braun 2001). Understanding climate change as a necessarily social and natural phenomenon at the same time opens up new perspectives on human dealings with social natures that challenge naturalizing understandings of human mobility in a climate‐changed world (cf. Piguet 2013).

Taking a broader view of literature on adaptation to climate change, we believe that the far reaching social, political and legal implications of transformations taking place within the context of climate change are so far both overpoliticized and undertheorized. They are overpoliticized in the sense that formal politics, conventions and institutions have been widely researched in recent years, and adaptation research is itself highly politicized with a wide range of contract research, lobbying groups and political interests on every side. At the same time, climate change adaptation is undertheorized, and in some ways underpoliticized, largely overlooking sub‐political practices that may change or reinforce power relations on different scales and that may create new stratification processes. Theorizing these social effects of climate change could also give a new impetus to social sciences and humanities, since many aspects of climate change are symptomatic for transformations in the 21st century. These aspects could be, but are not limited to, the following:

Climate change could have a catalytic role in conflictual North‐South relations: on the one hand, the North‐South divide sharpens and new resource conflicts arise. On the other hand, a closer entanglement of actors and a blurring of boundaries between the old binary is challenging existing power relations. In the context of climate change, old resource struggles can emerge into new configurations and connotations. How are postcolonial relations and continuities reconfigured or reinvigorated in the context of climate change and human mobility? How can the concept of climate justice be mobilized to address climate change effects beyond narrow local, regional or national frames?

The meaning of space can change radically in the light of climate change. The phenomenon of global reach challenges spatial practices on different scales, and sparks debates about future human uses of a climate‐changed environment, as in debates about the relocation or managed retreat of coastal settlements. On the level of social spaces, climate change could contribute to the emergence of cosmopolitical (Heinlein et al. 2012) and transnational spatial concepts, again through discourses on climate justice.

Furthermore, spatial aspects are often closely connected to temporalities related to risks and responsibilities. Increasingly, dealing with scientific uncertainties is recognized as an inevitable factor in political decision‐making, especially in the context of climate change. How can human mobility be conceptualized in a more complex way that acknowledges environment as social nature and evades essentializing discourses?

We invite empirically grounded papers from different disciplinary backgrounds addressing these and related aspects of climate change, human mobilities and spaces. Abstracts of proposed papers (up to 400 words) may be submitted to Dr. Silja Klepp (klepp@uni‐bremen.de). Deadline of submission is 30 April 2013. Notification of selected papers will be 30 May 2013.

If your abstract is accepted, we will ask you to send a paper for pre‐circulation and crosscommenting by October 1st. The workshop itself will consist of paper presentations followed by comments and discussion. We envisage the publication of an edited volume. Reimbursement of travel costs to Bremen will be available for a limited number of participants.

Workshop organisation:

Silja Klepp, klepp@uni‐bremen.de

Friederike Gesing, f.gesing@uni‐bremen.de Johannes Herbeck, herbeck@uni‐bremen.de


Deadline for abstract submissions: 30 April 2013 Notification of selected papers: 30 May 2013 Full papers due: 01 October 2013 Workshop date: 31 October 2013 ‐ 01 November 2013

Venue: Gästehaus Teerhof, University of Bremen, Germany


Castree, Noel, and Braun, Bruce (2001) (eds.): Social nature: Theory, practice, and politics. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing

Farbotko, Carol (2012): Skilful Seafarers, Oceanic Drifters or Climate Refugees? Pacific People, News Value and the Climate Refugee Crisis, in: Moore, Kerry, Bernhard Gross & Terry Threatgold (eds.) Migrations and the Media. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 119‐142.

Galison, Peter (2003): Einstein’s Clocks, Poincar´e’s Maps: Empires of Time. New York: W. W. Norton.

Heinlein, Michael, Kropp, Cordula, Neumer, Judith, Poferl, Angelika & Regina Römhild (2012): Futures of Modernitiy. Challenges of Cosmopolitical Thought and Practice. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag

Helmreich, Stefan (2011): Nature/Culture/Seawater. In: American Anthropologist 113 (1), 132‐144.

Hinchliffe, Steve (2007): Geographies of nature: Societies, environments, ecologies. Los Angeles: Sage

Mezzarda, Sandro (2011): The gaze of autonomy:capitalism, migration and social struggles. In: Squire, Vicky (ed.) The contested policy of mobility. London: Routledge, 121‐141.

Moulier Boutang, Yann (2007): Europa, Autonomie der Migration, Biopolitik, in: Pieper, Marianne, Thomas Atzert, Serhat Karakayali & Vassilis Tsianos (ed.) Empire und die biopolitische Wende. Die internationale Diskussion im Anschluss an Hardt und Negri. Frankfurt am Main, New York: Campus, 169‐178.

Piguet, Etienne (2013): From “Primitive Migration“ to “Climate Refugees“: The Curious Fate of the Natural Environment in Migration Studies. In: Annals of the Association of American Geographers 103(1), 148‐162.

Tsianos, Vassilis (2007): Imperceptible politics. Rethinking radical politics of migration and precarity today. Dissertation, Universität Hamburg.


Call for Panellists: Children and migration in Africa and the African diaspora at the European Social Science History Conference, 23-26 April 2014

Call for Panellists:

Children and migration in Africa and the African diaspora at the European Social Science History Conference, 23-26 April 2014

Following a successful interdisciplinary workshop on children and migration in Africa, held at SOAS, University of London in 2012, we invite abstracts for papers that explore this theme further. We particularly welcome papers that will expand the geographical scope of the panel into the African diasporas and that emphasise the experience of children themselves.

While African children are heavily involved in migration, they remain obscure in grey and scholarly literatures dominated by the male labour migratory model. Furthermore, work on young migrants often conflates the social categories of ‘child’ and ‘youth’ and children themselves are divided into the binary states of agents or victims. Although recent scholarship on children and migration in Africa has acknowledged the importance of African children as discrete agents in migratory processes, analytical shortcomings remain.

Papers could address, but are not limited to, the following issues: family structures, patterns of fosterage, child circulation between Africa, Europe and the Americas, the role of education, child labour,religion and ritual, cultural exchange and conceptions of place and ‘home’.

Interested scholars should send us an abstract in English (max. 250 words) and a short bio (max. 200 words) by 15 April 2013.

Marie Rodet mr28@soas.ac.uk
Jack Lord jl79@soas.ac.uk
Elodie Razy elodie.razy@ulg.ac.be


Events: ILA British Branch Spring Conference 2013

ILA British Branch Spring Conference 2013

The Changing Face of Global Governance: International Institutions in the International Legal Order

Friday 12 April 2013 until Saturday 13 April 2013

Venue: Pembroke College, Oxford

Keynote Lecture and Inaugural Oxford Global Justice Lecture – Patricia O’Brien, Under Secretary General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel

The conference will explore the changing nature of international institutions and their impact on international governance, international law-making and law-enforcement. International institutions have become ‘a kind of superstructure over and above the international society of States’ (Mosler, 1974, referring specifically to international organisations). In the past, the content of the term ‘international institutions’ was by and large exhausted by reference to international organisations. However, the term comprises today not only traditional intergovernmental organisations but includes an expanded range of formal and informal institutions of global governance. The conference will explore the full range of international institutions, including international judicial and quasi-judicial organs, which-even when they are (subsidiary) organs of an international organisation-have acquired a life of their own; conferences of parties with wide-ranging powers over the interpretation and application of international treaties; compliance mechanisms; hybrid organisations which provide vital content to generic provisions of international treaties; a system of international criminal justice diffused in States and complemented at the international level; non-governmental organisations; informal networks of regulators, and so forth.

Papers will examine the role of international institutions in making, developing, interpreting, applying and enforcing international law and thus shaping the legal landscape of international and transnational interaction in a globalised world. The conference theme explores the multifarious impact of ever-present international institutions on international law, both by querying their impact in the areas of law-making and law-enforcement and by tracing their presence and importance in ‘sectoral regimes’ of international law, ranging from the law of armed conflict to international economic and investment law, through to the global environment.

Visit http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/conferences/ila/

Co-Chairs of Conference Organizing Committee – Dapo Akande & Antonios Tzanakopolos. For more information please contact: Jenny Hassan

Organised by the Oxford Law Faculty.


Update on UNHCR Refworld website

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UNHCR’s Refworld Team is constantly trying to improve Refworld, so that the database is most useful for you. For example, recently we conducted a Refworld User Survey that has allowed us to better understand the needs of our users and listen to suggestions that might improve Refworld in order for it to be the best tool possible.

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As a result of the feedback from the survey and our own inventory of how to improve Refworld, the website is undergoing a website redesign with a view to serve its users even better. The website content will remain the same, but the interface is being modernized to improve the search functions , as well as the overall user experience.

For this reason, no new documents will be added to Refworld from 28 March onwards, until further notice. Users can continue to use Refworld during this period, but should be aware that as of 28 March no new documents will have been added.

The expected launch of the new and revamped Refworld will be in the second half of April 2013. Again, we remind you that these changes will not affect the content of the site, so all the links that you rely on today will still be available once the new version of Refworld is up.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused, but we hope that Revamped Refworld 2013 will serve you even better in the future!

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