Daily Archives: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

UN Human Rights Chief: Speech laws must strike balance

Fifth release of colonial administration records | The National Archives

News release from The National Archives:

We are working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to transfer and begin releasing colonial administration records, referred to as the ‘migrated archives’ between April 2012 and November 2013. This is in accordance with FCO’s published timeline on GOV.UK

The fifth tranche will be made available in the reading rooms at The National Archives from Friday 26 April 2013. The collection forms record series FCO 141: Foreign and Commonwealth Office and predecessors: Records of Former Colonial Administrations: Migrated Archives.

What the records contain

This release will contain records from Ceylon, Kenya, Malta, Mauritius, New Hebrides, Nigeria, Northern Rhodesia, Nyasaland, Palestine, Sierra Leone and Singapore.

The records cover a wide range of subject matter relating to colonial administration. The material reflects events in the territories generally pre-independence and the views of Her Majesty’s Government at that time.

Using the records

A guide to the fifth tranche of files will be published on our website on Friday 26 April 2013, and will provide more information on how to search the records.

For up to date information about the records and ongoing release, go to our colonial administration records page.

via Fifth release of colonial administration records | The National Archives.

Updated List of Current Events and Opportunities

Details of these new events and opportunities 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/

Opportunities and Risk: Enacting Socio-cultural Transformation in Refugee Camps in Uganda, Oxford, 24 April 2013 [info]
– First seminar in new Trinity Term series.

A Future without Immigration Detention?, London, 26-27 April 2013 [info]

Vacancy: Head of the Policy & Research Department, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre [info]
– Apply for this Geneva-based position by 29 April 2013.

Center for Forced Migration Studies’ Summer Institute: “The Refugee Status Determination Process,” Evanston, IL, 2-9 June 2013 [info]
– Schedule is now available; register by 2 May 2013 for reduced rate.

Vacancy: Part-time Communications Assistant, Refugee Studies Centre [info]
– Apply by 9 May 2013 for this job in Oxford.

Summer Short Courses, Cairo, 2-27 June 2013 [info]
– Four courses are being offered – International Refugee Law; From Arab Winter to Arab Spring: Refugee and Migration Movements in the Middle East and North Africa; Addressing Global Trends: Psychosocial and Mental Health Interventions for Refugees Living the Urban Context; and International Migration and the State System – with various application deadlines ranging from 10 May to 22 May 2013.  Follow the link for more details.

CFP: Journal of Internal Displacement [info]
– Special issue on “Forced Migration and Displacement in Somalia and Somali Inhabited Territories”; submission deadline extended to 15 May 2013.

FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement for NGO Programs Benefiting Colombian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in FY 2013 [info]
– Proposal submission deadline is 16 May 2013.

FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement for NGO Programs Benefiting Burmese Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Thailand and Malaysia [info]
– Proposal submission deadline is 21 May 2013.

Regional Protection Programmes: An Effective Policy Tool?, Brussels, 30 May 2013 [info]
– While an agenda is not yet available, registration is open for this event.

The Politics of Detention, York, UK, 1 July 2013 [info]


Course: Master in Migration and Global Interdepedence at Leiden University

Leiden University (undisputed top university in the Netherlands) is offering a master in Migration and Global Interdependence

Migration, integration, discrimination, urbanisation, citizenship, social cohesion, civil society, global interactions and economic crises:

all these are currently major topics of political and public debate.

They are the issues around which the Migration and Global Interdependence specialisation centres.

These topics are the focus of current political and public debate, but the historical and geographical comparative dimension is often missing.

Our MA specialisation will train you to approach these exciting themes from an academic perspective. To gain a deep understanding of these phenomena, you will focus on changes and continuities from the 16th century to the 20th century. Our approach is interdisciplinary; we apply and adapt theories from sociology, anthropology, political science, criminology and economics. Within this methodology you will learn the importance of paying systematic attention to differences based on gender, class, ethnicity and religion.


What characterises our unique programme is not only our approach, but also our preference for working with a wide variety of sources. You will work with diaries, newspapers, parliamentary papers, population registers, interviews, novels, photos and films, statistics, and business archives. This enables you to enhance your skills to work creatively and innovatively.

Moving and staying

Within our programme we look at the movement of people, goods, services, capital, and ideas. All these migrations and movements engendered change, for those who moved and for those who stayed. You will study the impact of connections, and changes within them, on cultures, state formation, economies and societies. We can do this at an individual level (migrants, citizens) or at a collective level (towns, nations, trade networks, organisations, EU, multinationals).

Borders, rules and institutions

Given the central theme of movement in this specialisation, we study means and restrictions, which can be demographic, physical, spatial, political, institutional, legal, technical, financial, and imagined or mental. For instance, in the Early Modern period the boundaries of cities were often more important than national borders. When later citizenship was transplanted from town to nation, the ideal of citizenship was bureaucratised, which had an effect on the way citizens were involved in civil services and civil society.

We saw large numbers of people crossings borders in the twentieth century, but the reverse was also true: borders moved across people when states and colonies lost existence or were created. Given that the influence of the European Union extends beyond the geo-political borders of Europe, the EU and other supranational bodies have in some respects made national borders less important.




Help for NHS staff to spot and support trafficking victims – Press releases – Inside Government – GOV.UK

Press release:

Help for NHS staff to spot and support trafficking victims

Department of Health

18 April 2013

More victims of human trafficking will be identified thanks to new training and advice launched today by Public Health Minister Anna Soubry.

Help for NHS staff to spot and support trafficking victims

More victims of human trafficking will be identified thanks to new training and advice launched today by Public Health Minister Anna Soubry.

The new tools are designed to make it easier for NHS staff to spot and give help to people who have been illegally trafficked and are available to healthcare workers across the country.

Last year, 1,186 potential victims of trafficking were identified through the UK’s victim support framework the National Referral Mechanism. This is an increase of 25 per cent compared to 2011 – but due to difficulties in recognising victims it is likely many more could be saved.

Victims of human trafficking can be men, women or children, who are often brought from abroad against their will. Most are then forced to work or are sexually exploited. Foreign nationals make up the majority of those who are trafficked but UK residents can also be trafficked around the country and abroad.

As a result of these tools, doctors, nurses and other health workers will be better equipped to spot the signs of trafficking and will know what to do if they think a patient might be a victim. Telltale signs could include someone who is afraid to speak to a doctor or nurse, or reluctant to explain how an injury occurred. A victim may also be vague when explaining where they live, work or go to school or be with someone who insists on speaking for them.

Read the full press release via Help for NHS staff to spot and support trafficking victims – Press releases – Inside Government – GOV.UK.

IPS – Inter Press Service News Agency » Blog Archive » Youth video competition on migration, diversity and social inclusion

Youth video competition on migration, diversity and social inclusion

IPS – Inter Press Service News Agency » Blog Archive » Youth video competition on migration, diversity and social inclusion

pluralThe United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), two longstanding IPS partners, invite the world’s youth to submit original and creative videos about migration, diversity or social inclusion to the PLURAL + competition. Young people up to 25 years of age can submit their videos until 30 June 2013.

Visit the PLURAL + website for more details about the competition and how to enter.

Get inspired by reading IPS stories from around the world about how Civilisations Find Alliances and Migration.

Further Information via IPS – Inter Press Service News Agency » Blog Archive » Youth video competition on migration, diversity and social inclusion.

Call for Papers: Transformations of border control: The politics of (im)mobility in times of crisis

We are currently accepting abstracts for our proposed workshop “Transformations of border control: The politics of (im)mobility in times of crisis”, to be organised across three workshop sessions at the 10th Annual IMISCOE Conference, 26-27 August, 2013.

The proposed IMISCOE three-session workshop will focus on the border itself as a locus of control, the control of border crossings (whether at the border or elsewhere) and recent transformations of border control, analysing these issues in the context of a perceived “crisis” of irregular immigration in comparison with the realities on the ground.

In doing so, the workshop will probe into the various contradictions of contemporary border management, including the contradiction between the stated objective to facilitate “legitimate travel” versus the objective to maintain absolute control about in- and, to a lesser extent, outflows; the contradictions emerging from the increasing shift towards risk analysis based and random selective control philosophies and the persistence of traditional control logics; and the contradictions emerging from the increasing use of human rights language by control actors and the exclusion of important aspects of control from the applicability of  (enforceable) human rights.

A second line of enquiry will focus on new and emerging modes of border control, often linked to technologies of surveillance and large-scale ICT based systems and technological fantasies suggesting that technological solutions will help to overcome inherent contradictions of border control and surveillance.

A third line of enquiry will focus on the wide range of pre-border controls established to filter out “undesirable aliens” from “bona fide” travellers before actually reaching the physical border.

Submissions from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and theoretical perspectives are encouraged.

Please send paper abstracts of 300 words or less (along with name, contact information and affiliation) to the workshop organisers Albert Kraler (Albert.Kraler@icmpd.org<mailto:Albert.Kraler@icmpd.org>), Maegan Hendow (Maegan.Hendow@icmpd.org<mailto:Maegan.Hendow@icmpd.org>) and Ferruccio Pastore

(Ferruccio.Pastore@fieri.it<mailto:Ferruccio.Pastore@fieri.it>) by 15 May, 2013. Selected panellists will also be eligible for funding for travel to the conference; if such funding is needed, please also send a brief reasoning for the request.

Selected panellists will be informed of the selection decision by 7 June 2013 at the latest, and expected to submit their full paper by 15 August, 2013.

The full workshop description can be found under http://research.icmpd.org/fileadmin/Research-Website/IMISCOE/Transformat

ions_of_border_control_full_description.pdf, a pdf version of the call for paper is available under http://research.icmpd.org/fileadmin/Research-Website/IMISCOE/CALL_FOR_PA

PERS.pdf. For practical information and the provisional programme of the 10th Annual IMISCOE Conference see http://www.imiscoeconferences.org/.


Events: SOAS Bhutanese Refugee Re-settlement Workshop, 22-23 May 2013

Bhutanese Refugee Re-settlement Workshop


Date: 22 May 2013Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 23 May 2013Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: B111 and L67

Type of Event: Workshop

In the early 1990s, approximately 100,000 ethnic Nepalis left their homes in southern Bhutan and migrated to UNHCR-administered refugee camps in Nepal. 20 years later, none had been repatriated to Bhutan but more than half had accepted offers of resettlement in third countries. The process of third country resettlement is now well advanced, with 60,000 resettled in a large number of scattered locations across the USA and smaller numbers in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and the UK.

Against this background, a workshop on issues and experiences of Bhutanese refugee resettlement is being held on 22nd and 23rd May at SOAS, University of London. The workshop will bring together researchers from across the globe working on different aspects of the re-settlement process and provide a platform to develop themes for future research, share ideas and explore the potential for working collaboratively.

A full draft programme and further information can be found via the following link:

CSAS Workshop – 22.05.13 and 23.05.13.

New Thematic Publications on Detetention and Regional Publications on the Americas

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 Detention

Assessing the U.S. Government’s Detention of Asylum Seekers: Further Action Needed to Fully Implement Reforms (U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, April 2013) [text]

Fractured Childhoods: The Separation of Families by Immigration Detention (Bail for Immigration Detainees, April 2013) [text via Migrants’ Rights Network]

“Over-detention: Asylum-seekers, International Law, and Path Dependency,” Brooklyn Journal of International Law, vol. 38, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]
– Scroll to p. 451.

UK’s Scale of Immigration Detention 2010-2012 (Detention Forum, March 2013) [text]

New Publications on the Americas

The Case for Mexican Asylum Seekers Fleeing Cartel Violence (ExpressO, 2013) [text]

Ecuador’s Frontiers: Recommendations for Border Management within a Human Rights Framework (Duke University, April 2013) [text]

Key Measures in Immigration Bill that Would Advance U.S. Values (Human Rights First, April 2013) [text]

Refugee Status Determination in Latin America: Regional Challenges and Opportunities – The National Systems in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Mexico (Asylum Access Ecuador & USCRI, Jan. 2013) [text] [exec. summ.]

Researching Rural Refugees (IowaNow, April 2013) [text]

“Somali Bantus in a State of Refuge,” Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies, vol. 12 (2012) [full-text]

The Ghosts Behind Egypt’s Sectarian Violence

Egyptian Streets


Sectarian violence has once again gripped the hearts and minds of Egyptians, following the tragic deaths of seven on the outskirts of Cairo. The small town of Kossous was shaken after its streets were left bloodied and littered with smashed cars, burnt-out shops, and shattered glass.

Yet the violence, which left mothers without their children, and daughters without their fathers, is not the first to challenge Egyptian society. For the past few decades, hundreds of Egyptians – mainly Coptic Christians – have been killed amid heightened tensions between Muslims and Christians.

The violence which impacts thousands of Egyptian lives each year is a mystery. The media is quick to show flashing images of rock-throwing, gun-fire, burning cars, and men carrying their comrades to safety, but a few days later Egyptians are left with no solution. The screams of those who were injured, the cries of the mothers of those…

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