Daily Archives: Friday, May 10, 2013

Events & Opportunities: May 2013

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/

Events & opportunities:

Governing Refugees: Justice, Order and Legal Pluralism in a Refugee Camp, Oxford, 14 May 2013 [info]

The Human Trace: The Rise of Humanitarian Remote Management, Copenhagen, 16 May 2013 [info]
– Register by 15 May 2013.

Saving the World: Does Faith-based Humanitarian Aid Deliver Relief or Redemption?, New York, 15 May 2013 [info]
– Free and open to the public.

New Directions in Resettlement: Implications for Refugees and the Settlement Sector, Webinar, 15 May 2013 [info]
– Note: This Webinar was re-scheduled from 26 March 2013. Free event but registration is required.

Saving the World: Does Faith-based Humanitarian Aid Deliver Relief or Redemption?, New York, 15 May 2013 [info]

UNHCR Award for Statelessness Research [info]
– Nomination deadline extended to 22 May 2013.

Labour Migration and Refugee Protection – a Contradiction?, Prague, 3-4 June 2013 [info]
– Register by 18 May 2013.

Bhutanese Refugee Re-settlement Workshop, London, 22-23 May 2013 [info]
– Free event but registration is required.

The (Mis)treatment of Eritrean and Sudanese Asylum Seekers in Israel, Oxford, 28 May 2013 [info]

Palestine Refugees and International Law, Amman, 13-14 September 2013 [info]
– No application deadline is indicated, but only 25 spots are available.

 

Resources: Thematic Focus: UNHCR

Details of these new resources 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/

Thematic Resources on UNHCR

UNHCR info:

The Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Erika Feller, has retired.  Read a press release announcing her initial appointment in 2006, a Q&A with her on protection, and the text of her last speech to EXCOM.

Employment opportunities
– Currently, over 50 positions in the International Professional Staff category are open.  For more info., visit the relevant page, select “Click here to apply,” then enter the code in order to access the job descriptions.

UNHCR Headquarters Organizational Structure (Geneva and Budapest) (UNHCR, April 2013) [access]

UNHCR’s Budget Process and Prioritization (UNHCR, April 2013) [access]

Analyses of UNHCR’s work:

“Interactions et filiations entre organisations internationales autour de la question des réfugiés (1946-1956),” Relations internationales, no. 152 (2012) [abstract]

“Normalizing Exception: UNRWA, UNHCR and the Politics of Protection,” Chapter in The Post-Conflict Environment: Intervention and Critique (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming 2013) [info]

Political Survival as a Motive in Decision-Making: The UNHCR and the Rwandan Refugee Crisis, Undergraduate Thesis (Univ. of Maryland, March 2013) [text]

“Regime Complexity and International Organizations: UNHCR as a Challenged Institution,” Global Governance, vol. 19, no. 1 (Jan.-March 2013) [abstract]

The UNHCR and Angolan Liberation: 1974-1975, Global Migration Research Paper, no. 4 (Programme for the Study of Global Migration, 2013) [text]

Upcoming event:

UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, Geneva, 11-13 June 2013 [info]
– The agenda is available, along with several background papers, regional overviews and general information.

 

New Thematic Publications on Human Trafficking; Development-induced Displacement; and General Works

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 Human Trafficking

Egypt: Human Trafficking in Sinai (Think Africa Press, April 2013) [text]

Forced and Servile Marriage in the Context of Human Trafficking, Research in Practice, no. 32 (Australian Institute of Criminology, March 2013) [text]

“Modern-day Slavery in Focus,” The Guardian (April 2013) [access]
– Special series; read the rationale for it here.

Trafficking in Human Beings (Eurostat, 2013) [text]
– First EU-level report on statistics on trafficking in human beings, with data for 2008-2010; see also related materials.

The Under-subscription of T-1 Visas: A Study on America’s Conceptualization of Human Trafficking Victims, Undergraduate Honors Thesis (Duke University, Dec. 2012) [text]

New Publications on Development-induced Displacement

Displacement: Colombia’s Inescapable Burden? (Fletcher Forum, April 2013) [text]
– Note: Photo sourced from this blog post.

Displacement and Resistance: The Ogiek of Kenya (Think Africa Press, March 2013) [text]

The Displacement Decathlon: Olympian Struggles for Affordable Housing from Atlanta to Rio de Janeiro (Design Observer Group, April 2013) [text]

Electricity for all but those the Kariba Dam Displaced (IPS, March 2013) [text]

Evicted from Ancestral Lands: Botswana’s Basarwa Minority (Think Africa Press, March 2013) [text]

Resettlement Conflicts Follow Mozambique’s Mining Boom (IRIN, March 2013) [text]

The World Bank Must Stop Underwriting Human Rights Abuses in Ethiopia (TerraNullius, March 2013) [text]
– See also related New York Review of Books blog post and recent statement from World Bank.

New General Publications

Human Rights and Democracy 2012 (UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, April 2013) [text]

Introductory Remarks at Panel on “International Norm-Making on Forced Displacement: Challenges and Complexity,” 106th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, Washington, DC, 28-31 March 2012 [text via SSRN]
– See also info. re. published proceedings; extracts of the various papers presented at the a/m panel are available, pp. 429-443.

Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire? Migration from Fragile States to Fragile States, Working Paper, no. 9/2013 (OECD, Jan. 2013) [text]

“Putting Refugees in Their Place,” New Global Studies, vol. 7, no. 1 (April 2013) [open access text]

Salience of Threat: The Effects of Dissident Violence and Ethnic Diversity on Internal Displacement, Paper presented at Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, 11-14 April 2013 [text via SSRN]

Statement by Ms. Erika Feller, Assistant High Commissioner (Protection) High Level Segment of the 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva, 26 February 2013 [text]

 

 

New Regional Publications on Syria

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 Regional Publications on Syria

Aid Inside Syria: Too Little, But Not Too Late (Refugees International, April 2013) [text]

Do Not Abandon the People of Syria (Trust.org, April 2013) [text]

Integrated Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Host Communities (Oxfam, March 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

*Inter-agency Regional Response for Syrian Refugees – Health and Nutrition Bulletin: Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, January-March 2013 (UNHCR, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
– See also related news story.

Overtaken by Need: The World’s Failure to Meet Syria’s Escalating Humanitarian Crisis (Oxfam, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Solutions for Syria’s Refugees (NYT Room for Debate, April 2013) [access]

Where the War Still Echoes: A Series on Syrian Refugees (IRIN, April 2013) [access]
– Film series that follows a family over the course of a year in Za’atari camp in Jordan.

*updated

*Syria: Humanitarian Needs Overview (OCHA, April 2013) [text]

Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis Has No End in Sight (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, April 2013) [access]
– Video of expert Q&A.

“Syria’s Refugees: Birth and Life in Zaatari Camp – in Pictures,” The Guardian, 22 April 2013 [access]

Syrian Refugees and Food Insecurity in Lebanon: Secondary Literature and Data Desk Review (WFP, March 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
– See also the previous review conducted for Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.

Syrian Refugees in Urban Jordan: Baseline Assessment of Community-identified Vulnerabilities among Syrian Refugees Living in Irbid, Madaba, Mufraq, and Zarqa (Care, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Turkey: National Authorities and the International Community Must Act in Partnership to Meet the Needs of Syrian Refugees (Amnesty International, April 2013) [text]

Za’tari Camp: A Snapshot of a Simmering Crisis (Dawn Chatty’s Blog, March 2013) [text]

*updated

 

New Thematic Publications on Humanitarian Assistance; Children; and Rwandan Refugees

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 Humanitarian Assistance

A Call for Evidence-based Decision-making in Humanitarian Response (ALNAP Forum, April 2013) [text]

Hugo Slim: Legal and Ethical to Pursue Cross-Border Humanitarian Aid (Global Observatory, April 2013) [access]

“Humanitarian Workers Unprepared for Decades of Conflict, Warns UNHCR,” The Guardian, 30 April 2013 [text]

“Improving Humanitarian Coordination: Common Challenges and Lessons Learned from the Cluster Approach,” Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (April 2013) [full-text]

*International Legal Frameworks for Humanitarian Action: Topic Guide (Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, March 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Many Meanings of Humanitarianism (Debating Development, March 2013) [text]

*updated

New Publications on Children

Childhood under Fire: The Impact of Two Years of Conflict in Syria (Save the Children, March 2013) [text]

Children on the Move (IOM, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

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

“The Kids before Khadr: Haitian Refugee Children on Guantanamo [A Comment on Richard J. Wilson’s Omar Khadr: Domestic and International Litigation Strategies for a Child in Armed Conflict Held at Guantanamo],” Santa Clara Journal of International Law, vol. 11, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

Mortality among Populations of Southern and Central Somalia Affected by Severe Food Insecurity and Famine during 2010-2012 (FEWS Net, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
– “Half of deaths were children under five.”

World Report on Child Labour: Economic Vulnerability, Social Protection and the Fight against Child Labour (ILO, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Publications on Rwandan Refugees

A Cessation of Choice for Rwandan Refugees (Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Dec. 2012) [text]

Contesting Refugee Status Cessation: The Rwandan Case (Oxford Human Rights Hub, March 2013) [text]

“From Urban Catastrophe to ‘Model’ City? Politics, Security and Development in Postconflict Kigali,” Urban Studies, vol. 50, no. 15 (forthcoming 2013) [eprint via LSE Research Online]

Hutu Refugees Fear Forced Return to Rwanda (AP’s The Big Story, April 2013) [text]

“Longing for Home: Pre-genocide and Post-genocide Refugees in Rwanda,” African Journal on Conflict Resolution, vol. 12, no. 3 (2012) [full-text]
– Scroll to p. 77.

Ministerial Meeting Reviews Timeline for Solving Rwandan Refugee Situation (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]
– Read also speech given by South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs, and news report on the DRC’s position.

Nakivale Refugee Settlement (Lived Possibilities Blog, April 2013) [text]

Political Survival as a Motive in Decision-Making: The UNHCR and the Rwandan Refugee Crisis, Undergraduate Thesis (Univ. of Maryland, March 2013) [text]

“Recommendations of the International Conference on Rwandan Refugees, held in Brussels, Belgium, on 19 and 20 April, 2013,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 37 (May 2013) [full-text]

“Rwandan Refugees – Is It Safe toCome Home?,” Panel at ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting, Washington, DC, 23-27 April 2013 [info]
– Scroll to p. 68; see also a brief overview of the panel discussion in FRLAN, no. 37 (May 2013).

New Regional Publications on Africa

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 Regional Publications on Africa

“The First Country of Asylum Principle in Tanzania: A National and East African Perspective,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 37 (May 2013) [full-text]

Kenya’s Forgotten IDPs (Institute for War & Peace Reporting, April 2013) [text]

Letters from Eritrea: Refugee Women Tell Their Stories (Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa, April 2013) [text]

Livelihoods, Gender and Displacement in Côte d’Ivoire (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, April 2013) [text]
– Note: French text, English overview.

Non-military Strategies for Civilian Protection in the DRC (Norwegian Refugee Council, April 2013) [text]

Policy Shifts in the South African Asylum System: Evidence and Implications (Lawyers for Human Rights, 2013) [text]
– See also related IRIN news story.

Would the Last Eritrean to Flee the Country Please Turn Out the Lights (The Asylumist, May 2013) [text]
– Note: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea is visiting Ethiopia and Djibouti from 30 April to 9 May 2013 to “collect information directly from Eritrean refugees on the human rights situation in their country.”

Emergency Response to the Mali Situation: Special Appeal (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]

*Joint Assessment Mission Report: Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi (WFP et al., Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Opportunities and Risk: Enacting Socio-cultural Transformation in Refugee Camps in Uganda, Oxford, 24 April 2013 [access]
– Podcast of seminar.

“Organization of African Unity and African Union Engagement with Refugee Protection: 1963–2011,” African Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 21, no. 1 (Feb. 2013) [full-text via Trudeau Foundation]

“Refugee Rights in Kenya: Between Theory and Practice,” Stichproben: Vienna Journal of African Studies, no. 23 (2012) [open access text]

UNHCR Position on Returns to the Central African Republic (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]
– See also related news story.

 

New Regional Publications on Europe

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 Regional Publications in Europe

“20 Years of Internal Displacement in Georgia: The International and the Personal,” Forced Migration Review 25th Anniversary Collection (April 2013) [open access text]

Comments by the UNHCR Regional Representation for the Baltic and Nordic Countries on the Finnish Ministry of Justice’s Proposal for Amendments to the Criminal Code’s Provision on Arrangement of Illegal Immigration (UNHCR, March 2013) [text]

End Forced Evictions of Roma in Europe (Amnesty International, April 2013) [text via Refworld]

In Search of Normality: Refugee Integration in Scotland (Scottish Refugee Council, March 2013) [text]

“The Last Frontier of Globalization: Asylum and Citizenship in the Netherlands,” Macalester International, vol. 30 (2012) [full-text]

New Case Law Developments in Removal and Extradition (ECHR Blog, April 2013) [text]

New campaigns:

Asile! Asile! [French] [English]
– “Chaque fois qu’une personne fuyant la persécution et la guerre n’est pas crue, nous mettons sa vie en danger.”  From ECRE and France Terre d’Asile.

When You Don’t Exist [access]
– “Amnesty International’s campaign for the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and at its borders.”

Publications:

“Common European Asylum System: The Real Job Still Needs to be Done,” ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 26 April 2013 [access]
– Select from list of bulletins.

Frenzied, Decelerating and Suspended: The Temporal Uncertainties of Failed Asylum Seekers and Immigration Detainees, Working Paper, no. 105 (COMPAS, 2013) [text]

Home Affairs Committee Inquiry into Asylum: Written & Oral Evidence [access]
– The inquiry was launched in Feb. 2013, with a deadline for the submission of evidence set for 15 April 2013.  Access both written and oral evidence via the link above.

*Integration in a Divided Society? Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Northern Ireland, Working Paper, no. 91 (RSC, April 2013) [text]

Management of Mixed Migration and Asylum Challenges beyond the European Union’s Eastern Border (PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, April 2013) [text]

The Silent Humanitarian Crisis in Greece: Devising Strategies to Improve the Situation of Migrants in Greece (PICUM, March 2013) [workshop report]

*updated

 

Regional Publications on the Americas: Colombia; and the Middle East

View As Web Page 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 the Americas

Empowering Students, Empowering Communities, through Community-Based Learning and Civic Engagement: The Case Study of Refugee Resettlement in Lancaster, PA, Paper presented at American Political Science Association Conference on Teaching & Learning, Long Beach, CA, 8-10 Feb. 2013 [text via SSRN]

‘Nowhere to go’: Forced Evictions in Haiti’s Displacement Camps (Amnesty International, April 2013) [access]

“Organized Crime and Refugee Policy in Honduras,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 37 (May 2013) [full-text]

Refugees and Asylees: 2012 (DHS Office of Immigration Statistics, April 2013) [text]

“Stateless in the United States: Current Reality and a Future Prediction,” Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, vol. 46, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]
– Includes a survey of statelessness in the Americas generally.

UN and Ministry of Justice Data Shows 175% Increase in Asylum Requests in Brazil between 2011 and 2012 (Portal Brasil, April 2013) [text]

New Publications on Colombia

IDMC’s Global Overview 2012 reports that “Colombia is the country with the largest population of IDPs, with estimates from the government and civil society ranging from 4.9-5.5 million.”  For more, read the individual country profile.

Colombia: Protection of Land and Patrimony of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Project (World Bank) [access]
– Project is now in its third phase; see recent financing report.

Colombia: Resources for Humanitarian Response and Poverty Reduction (Development Initiatives, April 2013) [text]

Desplazamiento forzado intraurbano y soluciones duraderas: Una aproximación desde los casos de Buenaventura, Tumaco y Soacha (Consultoría para los Derechos Humanos y el Desplazamiento, 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Expectativas de futuro de la población colombiana refugiada en las ciudades de Ibarra, Lago Agrio y Esmeraldas (UNHCR & FLACSO Ecuador, Feb. 2013) [text]

Fortalecimiento de la Registraduría Nacional en la atención a población en riesgo o situación de desplazamiento (Govt. of Colombia & UNHCR, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Human Rights, Forced Displacement, and Economic Development in Colombia: Consideration of the Impact of International Law on Domestic Policy, Paper prepared for Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política, 6-9 June 2013 [text]

The Impact of Conflict on Education Attainment and Enrollment in Colombia: Lessons from Recent IDPs, HiCN Working Paper, no. 41 (Households in Conflict Network, April 2013) [text]

New Publications on the Middle East

Alarming Abuse of Migrants in Yemen (RMMS, April 2013) [text]

Iraq 10 Years On: The Humanitarian Impact (IRIN, April 2013) [access]
– Special report.

More than 30,000 Refugees and Migrants Make Risky Sea Crossing to Yemen This Year (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]

A Multitude of Meanings in a Mutual Past (ODI, April 2013) [text]
– Comment on event held in Amman that explored concepts of humanitarian action.

Reflections on a Humanitarian Policy Simulation (PAXsims, April 2013) [text]
– Overview of a simulation undertaken to assess UNRWA policy options.

“Struggle of the Middle East Refugees,” Cairo Review of Global Affairs, no. 9 (Spring 2013) [full-text]

 

 

New Issues of Cairo Rev., Criminologie, Dev. in Practice, EASO News, FRLAN, FMR, Relations Intl., Researcher

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/

Cairo Review of Global Affairs, no. 9 (Spring 2013) [full-text]
– Focus is on “Humanity on the Move”; includes articles on refugee research, refugees in the Middle East, Syrian refugees, Palestinian refugees, human trafficking in Egypt, Iraqi displacement, displacement in the DRC, drought displaced, and the Vietnamese diaspora.

Criminologie, vol. 46 (2013) [contents]
– Theme is “La criminalisation de l’immigration”; includes articles on asylum, the detention of asylum-seekers and human trafficking.

Development in Practice, vol. 23, no. 3 (2013) [contents]
– Mix of articles.

EASO Newsletter (April 2013) [full-text via EASO Monitor]
– News and information from the European Asylum Support Office.  The first two articles discuss country of origin information developments.

Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 37 (May 2013) [full-text]

– News and information for refugee legal aid providers.

Forced Migration Review, no. 42 (April 2013) [open access text]
– Theme is “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the Protection of Forced Migrants”; see also related IRIN news story.

Relations Internationales, nos. 151 & 152 (2012) [Part 1 contents] [Part 2 contents]
– Two-part focus on “Organisations internationales et ONG: coopération, rivalité, complémentarité de 1919 à nos jours.” Read the introduction for more information.  Several articles discuss refugee assistance organizations.

The Researcher, vol. 8, no. 1 (April 2013) [full-text]
– From the Refugee Documentation Centre in Ireland; includes articles on the 1933 Refugee Convention, interpretation in the asylum process, rape in India, the Rohingya, and the concept of discrimination.

New Thematic Publications on Statelessness; Law/Policy Items; and 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 Statelessness

Addressing the Human Insecurity of Stateless People: Complementing our Legal Advocacy with a Development Approach (ENS Blog, May 2013) [text]

Addressing Statelessness in the Western Balkans – ENS and WeBLAN Joint Workshop (ENS Blog, April 2013) [text]

“All You Can Do is Pray”: Crimes against Humanity and Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Arakan State (Human Rights Watch, April 2013) [text]

Greg Constantine Talks @ Pulitzer [access]
– Discusses the In Search of Home e-book.

Is Nationality Always Relevant? – Reflections on Time Spent with a Lahu Community in Northern Thailand (Statelessness Programme Blog, May 2013) [text]

“Stateless in the United States: Current Reality and a Future Prediction,” Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, vol. 46, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

Statelessness: The Core of the Palestinian Issue, Washington, DC, 2 May 2013 [info] [access]

“Statelessness in International Law: A Historic Overview,” DAJV Newsletter, no. 3 (2012) [full-text]
– Select 3/2012 from the list of issues.

New Publications on Law/Policy Items

Coping with Contemporary Conflicts: “Conflict Refugees” and the 1951 Convention Protection Regime, Open Lecture at 70th Course on International Refugee Law, Sanremo, Italy, 23-27 April 2013 [text]

Culture of Disbelief Works against Asylum Seekers (IRIN, April 2013) [text]

“Helping the Helpless: The Foreign Policy Strategies Underlying Humanitarian Rhetoric in American Refugee Law and Policy,” Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, vol. 32, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

International Criminal Justice, the Gotovina Judgment and the Making of Refugees (Lund University, 2013) [text via bepress]

“Judicial Review of Refugee Determinations: The Luck of the Draw?,” Queen’s Law Journal, vol. 38, no. 1 (Fall 2012) [full-text]

“My Name is Khan” and I Am Not a Terrorist: Intersections of Counter Terrorism Measures and the International Framework for Refugee Protection (SSRN, April 2013) [text]

New Publications on Work Issues

Agreement Reached in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers (ImmigrationProf Blog, April 2013) [text]

The Benefits of Granting Third Country Nationals Equal Rights to Work (ENARgy, April 2013) [text]
– From the European Network against Racism.

The Economic and Political Impact of Immigrants, Latinos and Asians State by State (Immigration Policy Center, Jan. 2012) [access]
– Note: Some state factsheets were updated May 2013.

How a Stateless Refugee Overcame Low Self-Esteem to Become a Successful Entrepreneur (Huffington Post, April 2013) [text]

“Immigration Reform Overlooks Asylum-seekers – Harsh Rules Enacted in 1996 Prevent Them from Working for Months or Years, Making Many Destitute,” Los Angeles Times,25 April 2013 [text]

The Plight of an Ethiopian Refugee Searching for Work in Nairobi (Refugee Work Rights, May 2013) [text]

 

Events: Religions in Diaspora Postgraduate and Early Career Scholars Workshop with Professor Kim Knott

Call for Participation: Religions in Diaspora Postgraduate and Early Career Scholars Workshop with Professor Kim Knott
Wednesday July 3rd
2:30-5 pm
Location: TBA

Format: A workshop to network and present your work-in-progress with Oxford Diaspora Programme visiting scholar Professor Kim Knott, Department of Philosophy, Politics and Religion, Lancaster University.   Participants will each have fifteen to twenty minutes to present their work in progress and receive feedback in an informal setting.

Professor Knott has made substantial contributions to the theorisation of diaspora, and religion. Her research interests include the theorisation of space and place; the interrogation of religious and political spaces; spatial metaphors in religious and political discourse; the relationship between religion and non-religion; the 'secular sacred'; media representations of religion; and religion and its intersections with migration, diasporas, diversity and ethnicity.

She is the author of The Location of Religion: A Spatial Analysis (2005) and co-edited with Sean McLouglin the volume Diaspora: Concepts, Intersections and Identities (2010).
To register for the event kindly send a brief summary of your research interests and affiliations to Dr Esther Rootham (esther.rootham@ouce.ox.ac.uk) by May 24. Participation will be confirmed by May 31.

Courses: The Human Rights, Migration and Globalization Summer School 2013. NUI Galway, Ireland

The Human Rights, Migration and Globalization Summer School 2013
8 to 12 July 2013, NUI Galway, Ireland

The Summer School will familiarise participants with the sources of migrants' rights and the available protection mechanisms. It will provide participants with an understanding of the major tensions underlying the issue of the protection of migrants' rights and of how globalization shapes these tensions. During the five days of intensive sessions provided by leading experts in the area, participants will be provided with a detailed working knowledge of the issues through presentations, readings and group discussions, which will include components on research and advocacy skills. The programme will include a variety of social activities that will allow participants to network with each other and the panel of specialists in a relaxed and friendly environment. The Summer School is open to anyone interested in the contemporary challenges of migration and human rights protection, including practitioners, journalists, NGO representatives, government officials and students. Participants are invited, but not obliged, to submit an abstract proposing their research ideas for discussion.

Confirmed speakers for this inaugural year's summer school include:

.  Professor Francois Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants
.  Professor Tomoya Obokata, Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Keele University, School of Law 
.  Professor Michael O'Flaherty, Co-director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Chief Commissioner at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
.  Ms. Mariette Grange, Senior Researcher at the Global Detention Project of the Program for the Study of Global Migration at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
.  Ms. Siobhán O'Donoghue, Director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland
.  Ms. Maria Stavropoulou, Director of the Greek Asylum Service
.  Dr. Ekaterina Yahyaoui, Lecturer and LLM Director, The Irish Centre for Human Rights
.  Dr. Noelle Higgins, Lecturer in Human Rights, The Irish Centre for Human Rights
 
The closing date for registrations is 31 May 2013. For more information, including details on how to register and how to submit an abstract, please visit our website at: http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=222 , or email: hrandmigrationsummerschool@gmail.com . Connect with us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HumanRightsMigrationAndGlobalizationSummerSchool .

Course Update: RSC International Summer School in Forced Migration – Extended Deadline

University of Oxford, Refugee Studies Centre

International Summer School in Forced Migration 01 – 19 July 2013

Applications are still being accepted from suitably qualified/experienced candidates
For further details and how to apply go to:

http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/study/international-summer-school

or email: Heidi El-Megrisi at summer.school@qeh.ox.ac.uk
The Refugee Studies Centre’s International Summer School fosters dialogue between academics, practitioners and policymakers working to improve the situation of refugees and other forced migrants. It provides the time and space for them to reflect on their experiences and to think critically about some of the aims and assumptions underlying their work. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced.

Modules include: Human Trafficking, Psychosocial wellbeing, Palestinian refugees and international law, Asylum policy and international law, Conceptualising forced migration, Internally displaced persons and The globalisation of forced migration

 

Tutors:
Summer School Director: Matthew Gibney, Deputy Director, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Jane McAdam Scientia Professor of Law, The University of New South Wales
Maryanne Loughry, Associate Director, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia and Research Professor, Boston College
Cathryn Costello, University of Oxford
Tom Scott-Smith, University of Oxford
Nora Danielson, University of Oxford
2013 Guest lecturers include:

 

Professor Susan Akram Clinical Professor, Boston University School of Law

 

Dr Bridget Anderson Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director of COMPAS

 

Dr Alex Betts, University Lecturer in Refugee Studies and Forced Migration, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

 

Dr Chaloka Beyani: UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons and Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics

 

Professor Dawn Chatty, Director, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

 

Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

 

Professor Guy S. Goodwin Gill Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and Professor of International Refugee Law in the University of Oxford

 

Dr Jason Hart, Senior Lecturer University of Bath

 

Walter Kälin: Former Representative of the Secretary General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Professor of International Law,Institute of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Bern

 

Dr Khalid Koser Academic Dean and Head of the New Issues in Security Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy

 

Dr Kirsten McConnachie, Junior Research Fellow, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

 

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The Plight of an Ethiopian Refugee Searching for Work in Nairobi

Refugee Work Rights

A 29 year-old Ethiopian refugee named Girma (name changed for anonymity) has been living in Nairobi, Kenya for over five years. Though he graduated from Kenyatta University in Nairobi with a Masters in Economics in 2010, Girma has been facing challenges in his job search. Many young people entering the job market will sympathize with the fact that employment is hard to find.

But Girma’s story is different – he has been facing discrimination in hiring just because he is a refugee.

During our interview, Girma noted that many potential employers both within the private sector and the government are not interested in hiring refugee graduates. In fact, he was explicitly told in a recent interview that the organization simply didn’t offer jobs to refugees. Girma added,

“even though Kenya’s economy is a developing one . . . there should at least be a legitimate ground for refugees to assert…

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