Daily Archives: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

‘Illegal immigrant’ no more


The AP Stylebook today is making some changes in how we describe people living in a country illegally.

Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll explains the thinking behind the decision:

The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term “illegal immigrant” or the use of “illegal” to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that “illegal” should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.

Why did we make the change?

The discussions on this topic have been wide-ranging and include many people from many walks of life. (Earlier, they led us to reject descriptions such as “undocumented,” despite ardent support from some quarters, because it is not precise. A person may have plenty of documents, just not the ones required for legal residence.)

Those discussions continued even after AP affirmed “illegal immigrant” as the best use, for two reasons.

A number of people…

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The Politics of Detention Seminar | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)

The Politics of Detention Seminar


1 Jul 2013 – 9:30 – 16:30


National Centre for Early Music, York

The second seminar of the Exploring Everyday Practice and Resistance in Detention series will take place on 1 July in York.

Speakers include:

Melanie Friend (University of Sussex)

Jerome Phelps (Detention Action, London)

Dr. Caroline Fleay (Curtin University, Australia)

Dr. Chowra Makaremi (L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)

Dr. Anna Pratt (York University, Canada)

Dr. Vicki Squire (University of Warwick)


Detention has become a key technique through which liberal states secure their borders, manage risk and control mobility. The use of detention to govern ‘illegal’ immigrants, asylum seekers, and people deemed risky is proliferating internationally. Detention is often framed as a response to illicit or threatening forms of mobility, but it is more accurately viewed as a means through which categories of citizenship, exclusion and security are shaped and performed. Detention is increasingly preventative and pre-emptive: it interrupts the movement of people seeking humanitarian protection, it exports the sovereign border away from territorial boundaries and it constrains the mobility of suspects in the name of national security. Contemporary detention produces flexible spaces of control where multiple aims of protection, policing and punishment coalesce, and where public authorities, private organisations and civil society groups cooperate and clash in the delivery of detention. Scholars and activists working on detention have increasingly emphasised the political challenges that the detention of immigrants poses to liberal states, and the ambiguous relationship between mobility, freedom and security that contemporary detention practices embody.

This seminar aims to examine the ways in which the routinisation and normalisation of detention hides multiple relationships of power, control and subjugation. Questions will include, but not be limited to: What kinds of subjects are produced by detention? How, precisely, do detention practices differentially value people and lives? What kinds of authority, knowledge and expertise shape detention? Through what devices does detention constrain dissent and protestation? How are these devices experienced? What challenges face those who want to open spaces for the political contestation of detention? To what extent does contemporary detention blur the lines between protection, prevention and punishment?

The workshop is free to attend but capacity for the event is limited, so places will need to be booked (before Friday 14 June please). The organisers are reserving a proportion of the places for practitioners, asylum seekers and former detainees. In the case of the latter two, there are some funds to help with attendance. Please contact Alex Hall alexandra.hall@york.ac.uk to reserve a place or to find out more.

The seminar series will also involve events in Birmingham (‘The Relation Between Prison and Detention’, lead organiser Dominique Moran), Oxford (‘The Everyday Experience of Immigration Detention’ lead organiser Mary Bosworth) and Lancaster (‘Activism in and Around Detention’ lead organiser Imogen Tyler).

The series is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

via The Politics of Detention Seminar | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN).

The rights and entitlements of young refugees and migrants | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)

The rights and entitlements of young refugees and migrants


29 May 2013 – 10:00 – 16:00


Coram Children’s Legal Centre, 48 Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2QA

This training course is organised by the Migrant Children’s Project at Coram Children’s Legal Centre and is aimed at non-legal practitioners working with children, young people and families.

The course will help you increase your understand of the legal framework and the rights of children and young people subject to immigration control, including:

The asylum and immigration process, including different types of status and the appeals process;

The role of legal representatives;

Age assessments;

The legal framework for care and support, including care planning, transition at 18 and leaving care support;

Access to education;

Identifying and assisting victims of trafficking.

£45 plus VAT. All materials and lunch provided.

Please see the CCLC website for more details. For further information, contact Anita Hurrell: 0207 713 2022 or mcp@essex.ac.uk.

via The rights and entitlements of young refugees and migrants | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN).

Free training session: Registration of children as British citizens | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)

Free training session: Registration of children as British citizens


13 May 2013 – 16:00 – 18:30


Coram Children’s Legal Centre, 48 Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2QA

The Migrant Children’s Project and the newly formed Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens, led by Solange Valdez, are offering a free training session. It will provide an introduction to registering children as British citizens, including identifying children who might be eligible, how the process works, and where to go for further advice and assistance.

All materials and refreshments provided. Please see the CCLC website for more details. For further information, contact Anita Hurrell: 0207 713 2022 or mcp@essex.ac.uk.

via Free training session: Registration of children as British citizens | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN).

SDS Conference 2013 – ‘A Future Without Immigration Detention?’ | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)

SDS Conference 2013 – ‘A Future Without Immigration Detention?’


26 Apr 2013 – 17:00 – 27 Apr 2013 – 16:30


SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

SOAS Detainee Support Group (SDS) supported by the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies are organising a conference primarily aimed at those who already have some understanding, expertise and/or experience with migration and immigration detention, such as ex-detainees, students of migration, immigration law practitioners, members of civil society organizations and academics in the field.

They also encourage participants with no previous experience of working with immigration detention to take part and get informed.

The conference will be organised in two parts: On Friday keynote speakers will give keynotes that provide the inspiration and framework for the conference. On Saturday, we will focus on problems related to immigration detention, such as medical concerns, political impact, legal rights and economic effects. They will also discuss the controversies surrounding ‘alternatives’ to detention from a variety of perspectives. The conference will end with practical workshops which will focus on how individuals, organisations and students can support current efforts toward the end of immigration detention. For an updated program and confirmed speakers, see http://sdsconference.wordpress.com/preliminary-program/

Ticket price: £20 (£10 for students, free for asylum seekers and former detainees).


Download the flyer

via SDS Conference 2013 – ‘A Future Without Immigration Detention?’ | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN).

Implementing and Delivering Free Movement of EU Workers and Citizens in the UK | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)

Implementing and Delivering Free Movement of EU Workers and Citizens in the UK


19 Apr 2013 – 10:00 – 18:00


Queen Mary, University of London

This conference organised by ILPA is designed to examine the implementation of free movement of workers in the UK focusing in particular on the questions and problems which arise in practice with the implementation and enforcement of rights. In each session there will be a presentation and panel discussion with experts from other EU Member States to enlighten the audience regarding practices elsewhere in the EU.

The free movement of workers in the European Union is one of the four fundamental freedoms on which the EU was founded. The right to move to seek and take employment anywhere in the EU is among the most highly prized achievements of the EU for the average citizen. EU citizens use their free movement rights frequently; the right to move as a citizen of the Union anywhere in the EU for up to three months without formality is the most used. Every visitor and tourist going for a Euro-city weekend break is using this right, whether he or she is aware of this or not. Students are among the other groups which use their free movement right to study in a Member State other than their home. The right to move for economic reasons, to look for work or take up a job, is symbolically very important for EU citizens, albeit less used.

As EU integration has become an ever greater reality rather than a glint in the eyes of policy makers, EU citizens use their free movement rights in ever more complex ways. The number of cross border workers and self-employed has increased substantially in the past decade, assisted by the expansion of low cost travel in the EU. EU citizens have shown substantial appetite to own a second home in a Member State other than that in which they live, often with the intention of moving to that home in the fullness of time and making it their primary residence. Those who do realise this objective often engage in economic activities: teleworking from their new home for employers in their home State, setting up small businesses or taking part time or full time employment in their new Member State.

Notwithstanding the maturation of the right of free movement of workers and the development of the legislation (Directive 2004/38 and Regulation 2011/492) and the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union, areas of friction regarding the extent and meaning of the right of free movement still arise

in the Member States, including the UK.

Among the key areas which will be dealt with in this event are:

EU citizens and EU workers – what if they are also dual nationals – how to ensure their rights;

Third country national family members and other family members – who can live with a worker – implementation and enforcement of rights;

The transitional arrangements for EU workers (Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia from 1 July 2013) and the standstill clauses for workers in the EC Turkey regime;

Free movement and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights – how can the Charter help enforcement of rights of movement?

Contact ILPA at 020 7251 8383 or info@ilpa.org.uk to book your place today and reference April Euro Conference.

Fee: ILPA members £240, Member Concessionary Rate £120, Non members £480


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Fractured childhoods: the separation of migrant families Report Launch

Fractured childhoods: the separation of migrant families:
Report Launch


17 Apr 2013 – 18:00 – 20:00


Grand Committee Room, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

The removal of migrants from the UK is high on the news agenda. However, inflammatory rhetoric often hides the very real harm which can be caused to children when families are split by immigration control. Join us for the launch of a ground-breaking report and hear from experts in the field and affected families.

Speakers: – Dr. Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England

– Lisa Nandy MP, Shadow Children’s Minister

– A mother who was separated from her children by immigration detention

– Sarah Campbell, author of report, Bail for Immigration Detainees

Bail for Immigration Detainees has researched the cases of 200 children whose parents were detained by the UK Border Agency without time limit. The children of single mothers or fathers were placed in foster care, in some cases moving between unstable and inadequate care arrangements. The impact on children’s welfare was devastating.

In the majority of cases, parents were eventually released by the courts on bail. Their detention served no purpose and caused immeasurable harm. Despite the appalling cases outlined in this report, the laws protecting these families are under attack. Join us to find out more.

There is no charge for this event but booking is essential – RSVP to kamal@biduk.org

Travel expenses payable for unwaged asylum seekers or migrants by prior arrangement – please contact Kamal on 020 7650 0722 to discuss.

via Fractured childhoods: the separation of migrant families | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN).

Legal aid and representation for migrant children | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)

Legal aid and representation for migrant children


16 Apr 2013 – 16:0018:30


Coram Children’s Legal Centre, 48 Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2QA

This training session organised by Coram Children’s Legal Centre will cover the legal aid regime and changes to legal aid for migrant children and families taking effect from 1 April 2013, providing practical guidance on what professionals supporting these children can do.

The session will also cover ongoing issues for professionals who support children and young people to access quality legal representation, including how to find legal representatives and make referrals and how to recognise poor quality provision.

£20 plus VAT. All materials and refreshments provided.

Please see the CCLC website for more details. For further information, contact Anita Hurrell: 0207 713 2022 or mcp@essex.ac.uk.

Link (Migrants’ Rights Network):

Legal aid and representation for migrant children | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN).

Churches’ Refugee Network announce plans for its annual conference 2013 | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)

The Churches Refugee Network will be holding its annual conference at the Bloomsbury Baptist Chruch, central London on 18th May.

The title for the event is ‘Also Human – Who gets included in Britain today?’.

Speakers will include Sarah Teather MP, until recently Minister for Children and Families.  Dave Stamp, project manager of the Birmingham migrant support organisation, ASIRT, and will be talking about the challenges of obtaining legal advice for refugees in the light of legal aid cuts. The Revd. James Davies, Chair of International Care Network, a refugee support charity in Bournemouth, will set out ‘top ten issues for refugees’.

For more information about the event, and to book you place, contact wendy.cooper@urc.org.uk.

Link (Migrants’ Rights Network):

Churches’ Refugee Network announce plans for its annual conference 2013 | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN).


Hamburg University and the Climate Service Centre are co-organising a joint conference and workshop on climate-induced migration in mid-July in Hamburg, Germany.

We are currently seeking participants for both, particularly for the workshop. Deadline for abstract submission for the workshop is April 15th. Priority is given to potential participants from the global south.

Information can be found on the conference at: http://www.climate-service-center.de/035152/index_0035152.html.de. The workshop is a COST Action (IS1101), and more information is provided here: http://www.climate-service-center.de/imperia/md/content/csc/workshopdokumente/cost-workshop_call_for_papers-1.pdf

Courses: Master of Arts in Migration and Displacement, Wits University, South Africa

APPLY FOR A MASTERS OF ARTS IN MIGRATION AND DISPLACEMENT Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa | 2014 intake http://www.migration.org.za/degree/master-arts-ma-migration-and-displacement

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) is the continent’s leading institution for teaching, research and outreach on human mobility.

For more than a decade, the ACMS has offered interdisciplinary postgraduate degrees in migration studies that are theoretically rich, empirically grounded and professionally relevant. Students from across the world continue to benefit from rigorous academic training, field research experience and access to a network of committed professionals, scholars and activists. ACMS graduates now hold senior positions in universities, non-governmental organizations, international agencies and government departments across Africa, North America and Europe.

Students enrolled in ACMS graduate programmes can expect:

. Intensive and small postgraduate classes offering in-depth supervision and engagements with experienced and internationally renowned lecturers; . Specialized training in health, labour, human rights or governance; . Opportunities to embed their research in pioneering projects managed by ACMS researchers; . An intellectually stimulating environment with seminars, workshops and conferences within ACMS and the broader university; . Classmates from around the world with varied professional backgrounds and networks.

Intended to foster critical engagements with global social theory and the empirics of human mobility in Africa, the MA (coursework) is suitable for those aiming to advance their scholarly training in migration studies. Successful applicants will possess a good Honours or equivalent four-year undergraduate degree in the social-sciences or related disciplines.

Students may choose from the following ACMS courses or those offered elsewhere at Wits University:

Introduction to Migration & Displacement (GRAD 7029) Human migration and displacement affect societies around the world. Nowhere are the impacts more visible than in Africa, where movements of people due to war, political persecution, and deprivation have long shaped the continent’s political, economic and social configurations. This course reviews the dynamics of migration-internal and international; forced and voluntary-along with formal and informal responses to human mobility. In place of technical skills or policy recommendations, the course provides a conceptual and empirical foundation for making sense of the complex conceptual, methodological, ethical and logistical concerns surrounding mobility. In doing so, it uses migration to raises fundamental challenges to the epistemological and empirical underpinnings of contemporary social and political theory.

Researching Migration (GRAD 7026)

This course is intended to strengthen students’ capacity for critical, independent social research. The focus is on understanding social science’s objectives and logics, enhancing students’ skills for evaluating the merits of published materials, and developing strategies for conducting methodologically sound, theoretically relevant empirical research in the environments where migrants are typically found.

The Psychosocial & Health Consequences of Migration (GRAD 7052) This course provides a critical introduction to the health and psychosocial consequences of migration. The course’s theoretical core draws primarily from a public health perspective on humanitarian interventions and rights based arguments relating to health care of migrants. It explores the relationships between the state of being a migrant and the conditions that create vulnerabilities to ill health, specifically with regard to HIV/AIDS, mental well-being and reproductive health.

Migration & Human Rights (GRAD 7056)

This course explores the complex relationships among nationality, citizenship, migration and human rights. In a world where domestic and international mobility-particularly unauthorized and ‘illegal’ migration-has become a pressing policy and advocacy issue, notions of universal rights are appealing but rarely resonates with the socio-political realities of contemporary Africa or other regions. Indeed, a focus on universalism often ignores the mechanisms and mindsets that engender and endanger rights. It also presumes a form of legal subjectivity that often poorly reflects the objectives and trajectories of those we-activists, scholars, citizens, and officials-ostensibly seek to protect. This course addresses how international human rights doctrines, concepts, conventions, and mechanisms work to create and protect ‘aliens’, people who have left their countries of origin to work, seek a safe haven, or join family or friends in another country.

Identity, Movement & Control (SOSS 7025) This course explores the intersections among human mobility, regulation, and the making of socio-political space. To do this, it proceeds through two primary sections. The first explores theories of power, sovereignty, and space drawing on literatures from political science, human geography, and anthropology. The second uses cases studies to consider three ‘types’ of space through and within which people regularly move: refugee camps, border zones, and urban centres. In all instances, case material and theory position African examples in a comparative perspective.

Application deadline 30th September 2013

[Please note that the ACMS also offers doctoral studies. For more information on its doctoral programmes, research and outreach, visit www.migration.org.za]


IDPs don’t disappear, but the attention paid to them does

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)

Nadine Walicki, IDMC’s Senior Country Analyst, analyses some of the world’s lesser known internal displacement crises. Based on her latest report, here she discusses her experiences of the North Caucasus,  where thousands of people have been trapped in displacement for over 15 years.

A mother’s lament

When I was in the North Caucasus last year, I met an internally displaced woman, Zainap. When her husband died in the violence in Chechnya in 2000, she was forced to flee her home with her children. She fled to the neighbouring province of Ingushetia, which also borders Georgia. She was living in a former car factory with her children for 10 years.

 Some of Zainap’s neighbours received compensation for their destroyed homes and went back to Chechnya. Her house was only partially destroyed, so she did not qualify for compensation. She wants to return, but cannot afford to rebuild her home…

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UK’s scale of immigration detention 2010 – 2012

The Detention Forum

UK’s scale of immigration detention 2010 – 2012

A very brief overview – 19 March 2013

According to the statistics released by the Home Office on 28 February 2013, the UK’s use of immigration detention has shown no sign of decline since the Coalition Government came into power.  While the number of detained children has fallen drastically after the Coalition government’s announcement to end detention of children in May 2010, the overall number of those who enter detention has continued to rise steadily: in 2012, a total of 28,909 people entered detention.  This shows that the radical reform in child detention practice has not had a significant impact on the overall scale of the use of immigration detention.

The number of people entering detention  [1]

Total number of people (adults and children)Children
201127,089127 (34 in Cedars)
201228,909222 (121…

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