Daily Archives: Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Death of Mr Khalid Shahzad following his release from Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre

The Detention Forum

The Detention Forum sent the joint letter below to the Guardian in response to their news item on the death of Mr Khalid Shahzad on 30 March 2013.  It was reported that Mr Shahzad, an asylum seeker, passed away hours after being released from Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre near Heathrow Airport.  The letter was unfortunately not published. 

The Death of Mr Khalid Shahzad following his release from Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre

15 April 2013

As members of the Detention Forum, we are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mr Khalid Shahzad, a Pakistani national, on 30 March (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/14/asylum-seeker-death-investigated), hours after being released from Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre.

Immigration detention related deaths are occurring with alarming frequency – we are aware of at least five deaths of foreign nationals in detention over the last three years. This is unacceptable.  

Detention of ill or vulnerable individuals is not an…

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Healthcare of undocumented migrant children

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[Article published in the Runnymede  Bulletin Spring 2013]

 Nando Sigona analyses the predicament of undocumented migrants and the way the uncertainty and stress of the family struggle, as well as restricted access to healthcare services, impact the mental and physical well-being of the children.

Meeting the health needs of a growing and super-diverse, foreign-born population in the UK is a challenge for health services. However, these needs are currently only partially acknowledged and addressed.

Government policy has focused largely on addressing ethnic inequality in health, leaving aside other factors that may have an impact on migrants’ health needs and experiences of the healthcare system, such as country of birth, language, length of residence in the UK and immigration status. The Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health is a case in point. While it showed that about 20 per cent of deaths directly or indirectly related to pregnancy occur in women with poor or no antenatal care, it failed to consider that one of the main deterrents to access maternity care may…

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Scientific Conference on The right to rehabilitation for torture victims

Scientific Conference on

 The right to rehabilitation for torture victims

27 – 28 JUNE 2013

Beirut, Lebanon, Holiday Inn Beirut – Dunes Center

Context

International law grants torture victims a right to rehabilitation. This is included as a means of redress and reparation guaranteed by Article 14 of the Convention against Torture. While the precise scope of the obligations on states under Article 14 has been clarified to some extent by the Committee against Torture’s General Comment on Article 14, rehabilitation services are not readily available in all countries. Additionally, many governments lack specific programmes or health budget lines to provide or ensure the provision of rehabilitation services to torture victims. There is accordingly a need to encourage further discussion and collaboration between key stakeholders from government, civil society, academia and donor organisations on how rehabilitation for torture victims can be effectively delivered and can contribute to the fight against torture.

The conference will explore in detail the way rehabilitation is provided to torture victims and it will consider how States can be encouraged to strengthen their implementation efforts in providing holistic and victim-centred rehabilitation services and the necessary funding to torture victims. The four interlinked themes of the conference will provide a platform to share good practice examples in models for the delivery and funding of rehabilitation and explore ways in which rehabilitation services and other key stakeholders can assess and evaluate the services provided in their national context. Linked to this is a need to focus on the immediate situation in the MENA region which faces particular challenges with regard to the provision of rehabilitation services to torture victims. The conference will draw on the experience from rehabilitation centres worldwide as well as representatives from academia, governments, inter-governmental organisations and civil society.

The conference will be hosted jointly by the IRCT and Restart. The IRCT is a health-based umbrella organisation that supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture worldwide. Its members comprise 144 independent organisations in over 70 countries. Restart is an IRCT member centre based in Lebanon and is active in the field of rehabilitation of victims of torture and violence.

Registration

Registration is free but required – please fill in the online registration form. Please note places are limited. Registration closing date: 14 June 2013

Your kind attention is drawn to the fact that, due to budgetary constraints, the IRCT and Restart are regrettably not in a position to cover participants’ costs.

Programme

For the detailed programme please click here.

Practical Information

For practical information please click here.

For further information please contact: Rachel Towers (rto@irct.org) or Dalal Khawaja (dalal@restartcenter.com).

Re-Blog: Events & Opportunities: May/June 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 and Opportunities

Crisis and Migration – Perceptions, Challenges and Consequences, IMISCOE 10th Annual Conference, Malmö, Sweden, 25-27 August 2013 [info]
– Some 45 workshops have been organized, with a variety of CFP deadlines (mostly May and June 2013).  Follow the link above to search for relevant fora, browse through workshop descriptions, or check out the overview.

Job Vacancy: Senior Programme Officer, Libya & Tunisia, Danish Refugee Council [info]
– Based in Tripoli.  Application deadline is 22 May 2013.

The Political Geography of Refugee Camps, Panel proposal for International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, 26-29 March 2014 [info]
– Submit a proposal by 24 May 2013.

Job Vacancy: Interim Campaigns & Communications Manager, Freedom from Torture [info]
– Based in London.  Application deadline is 28 May 2013.

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

Regional Protection Programmes: An Effective Policy Tool?, Brussels, 30 May 2013 [info]
– The agenda is now available!

XV Humanitarian Congress, Berlin, 25-27 October 2013 [info]
– Online registration opens in June 2013.

FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement for NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees and IDPs in the Balkans [info]
– Proposal submission deadline is 3 June 2013.

FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement for Global Programs to Develop and Assess the Humanitarian Community’s Capacity to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence (GBV) within Refugee and Conflict-affected Populations [info]
– Proposal submission deadline is 5 June 2013.

FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement for NGO Programs Benefiting Sri Lankan Refugees in Tamil Nadu, India [info]
– Proposal submission deadline is 6 June 2013.

Summer School: European Union Law and Policy on Immigration and Asylum, Brussels, 1-12 July 2013 [info]
– Apply by 7 June 2013.

New Thematic Publications on Climate Change/Disasters; Human Trafficking/Smuggling ; and

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 Climate Change/Disasters

Global Estimates 2012: People Displaced by Disasters is a newly-released report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).  It finds that “98% of all displacement in 2012 [an estimated 32.4 million people] was related to climate- and weather-related events… .”  Follow the link to access the text of the report, a press release, global estimates highlights, and a map.

Other recent publications:

Climate Change, Environmental Degradation, and Migration, Commission Staff Working Document, no. SWD(2013) 138 final (European Commission, April 2013) [text]

CRED Crunch, no. 31 (March 2013) [full-text]
– Provides data for natural disasters in 2012.

Measuring Disasters’ Full Impact (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, May 2013) [access]

“Wet Feet Marching: Climate Justice and Sustainable Development for Climate Displaced Nations in the South Pacific,” Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, vol. 14, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

Where the Sea has Risen too High Already (IPS, April 2013) [text]

New Publications on Human Trafficking/Smuggling

Analysis: Southeast Asia’s Human Trafficking Conundrum (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

“Assistance and Protection of Smuggled Migrants: International Law and Australian Practice,” Sydney Law Review, vol. 35, no. 1 (2013) [full-text]

Global Eye on Human Trafficking, no. 12 (April 2013) [full-text]
– A news bulletin from IOM.

In Brief: Raids Free Enslaved Migrants/Refugees in Yemen (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

‘No to People Smuggling’: A Review of Australia’s Anti-migrant Smuggling Awareness Campaigns (Migrant Smuggling Working Group, May 2013) [text]

Stuck in Traffic: How Helpful is the Trafficking Framework? (COMPAS Blog, May 2013) [text]

New General Publications

Refugee Repatriation: Justice, Responsibility and Redress (Cambridge University Press, 2013) [info via
Brookings]
– Follow link for text of introduction.

Regional Inter-State Consultation Mechanisms on Migration: Approaches, Recent Activities and Implications for Global Governance of Migration, Migration Research Series, no. 45 (IOM, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

A Report on IASFM14: The 14th Conference of The International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, Kolkata, 6-9 January 2013 [text]

Transitions and Durable Solutions for Displaced Persons: 21 Reasons for Optimism, Presentation at the Transitions and Solutions Roundtable, Amsterdam, 18-19 April  2013 [text]

 

 

New Regional Publications on Asia; Europe and Israel, Syrians

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 Asia

Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan and the Influx of Refugees (International Refugee Law Blog, May 2013) [text]

In Search of Survival and Sanctuary in the City: Refugees from Myanmar/Burma in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (International Rescue Committee, Dec. 2012) [text]
– See also related IRC blog post.

“Polish Refugees in India during and after the Second World War,” The Sarmatian Review, vol. XXXIII, no. 2 (April 2013) [full-text]

Rohingya Evacuation under Way in Myanmar (IRIN, May 2013) [text]
– See also related OCHA map.

Sanctuary in the City? Urban Displacement and Vulnerability in Peshawar, Pakistan, HPG Working Paper (ODI, May 2013) [text]

“Towards an Understanding of North Korean Adolescent Refugees in South Korea,” Torch Trinity Journal, no. 15.2 (2012) [full-text]

New Publications on Europe

Asylum Applicants and First Instance Decisions on Asylum Applications: 2012, Data in Focus, no. 5/2013 (Eurostat, May 2013) [text via EMN Belgium]

“Asylum Seekers/Refugees’ Orientations to Belonging, Identity & Integration into Britishness: Perceptions of the Role of the Mainstream and Community Press,” Observatorio (OBS*), vol. 7, no. 1 (2013) [full-text]

A City Says Yes! Reflections on the Experiences of the Save Me Campaign to Promote Refugee Resettlement in Germany (European Resettlement Network, May 2013) [access]
– Launch of publication at event promoting resettlement.  Follow link for text and event information.

Initial Observations by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Representation for the Baltic and Nordic Countries on Law Proposal No. 579/Lp11 Amending the Asylum Law of the Republic of Latvia (UNHCR, May 2013) [text]

“Refugees in Serbia – Twenty Years Later,” Journal of the Geographical Institute “Jovan Cvijić” SASA, vol. 63, no. 1 (2013) [full-text]

Social Networks, Social Capital and Refugee Integration (Nuffield Foundation, April 2013) [text]

New Publications on Israel, Syrians

Israel

Despite Halt in Deportations, Refugees in Israel Live in Fear (IPS, May 2013) [text]

Israel: Knesset Urged Not to Pass Law that Would Forcibly Evict Tens of Thousands of Negev/Naqab Bedouin (Amnesty International, April 2013) [text]

“Israel’s African Refugee Dilemma,” Peace Newsletter, no. 824 (May 2013) [full-text]

Protection Concerns Facing Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Israel (HIAS, April 2013) [text]

Syrians

Fleeing Syria, Refugees Arrive to a Different Kind of Hell in Greece (The Atlantic, May 2013) [text]

Shelter Poll Survey on Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (UNHCR & Statistics Lebanon, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Too Close for Comfort: Syrians in Lebanon, Middle East Report, no. 141 (International Crisis Group, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

 

COURSE: Psychosocial and Mental Health Interventions for Urban Refugees | URBAN REFUGEES | Raising the voice of the invisible

The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies of the American University of Cairo will deliver a short course on Psychosocial and Mental Health Interventions for Refugees living in urban context, from 16th to 20th June 2013. Deadline for application: May 19

See more here

via COURSE: Psychosocial and Mental Health Interventions for Urban Refugees | URBAN REFUGEES | Raising the voice of the invisible.

Displaced by disasters: 32.4 million people uprooted in both rich and poor countries

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)

A new report released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) reveals that 32.4 million people were forced to flee their homes in 2012 by disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes.  While Asia and west and central Africa bore the brunt, 1.3 million were displaced in rich countries, with the USA particularly affected.

98% of all displacement in 2012 was related to climate- and weather-related events, with flood disasters in India and Nigeria accounting for 41% of global disaster displacement in 2012.  In India, monsoon floods displaced 6.9 million, and in Nigeria 6.1 million people were newly displaced.  While over the past five years 81% of global disaster-related displacement has occurred in Asia, in 2012 Africa had a record high for the region of 8.2 million people newly displaced, over four times more than in any of the previous four years.

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King Nigel’s Speech: recasting ‘us’ and ‘them’

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[Article published in OpenDemocracy, 13 May 2013)

In the UK political debate, boundaries are being blurred between the two hot topics on the political agenda: migration and the EU. This should be a wake-up call for the 2.7 million European immigrants living and working in the UK, says Nando Sigona.

Written by the government and delivered by the reigning monarch, the Queen’s speech sets out the legislative agenda for the year aheadAs expected, David Cameron, the UK Conservative Prime Minister and his coalition government have used this year’s Queen’s speech to offer a quick if rather panicked response to the recent electoral success of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) which gained 139 council seats in the 2013 local elections.

The speech places immigration firmly at the centre of the political agenda, as if the crisis of the banking system and a poorly performing economy didn’t…

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Call for Papers: “Challenging stereotypes of crisis and internal migration in the European Union” – 10th Annual IMISCOE Conference: Malmö, Sweden, 25-27 August 2013

Call for papers

Workshop “Challenging stereotypes of crisis and internal migration in the European Union”

10th Annual IMISCOE Conference: Crisis and Migration – Perceptions, Challenges and Consequences

Malmö, Sweden, 25-27 August 2013

Over the last decades, the European migratory landscape has radically changed: from receiving – and rejecting – numerous third-country nationals who looked for new opportunities in EU countries, to intense internal migration embodied by EU citizens themselves. The 2008 financial downturn and its aftermath may have partly influenced the transformation of the map of intra-EU mobilities. As Southern European countries continue to struggle to overcome Euro crises and increasing unemployment rates, internal European migration has become an option for many Southern European citizens (both European born and third-country born who have acquired citizenship).

This context proves the need to question widespread stereotypes about crisis and internal migration and implies a twofold process. Firstly, to define crisis beyond the economic, considering also its political, cultural and psychological consequences. Secondly, to reflect on multiple migratory scenarios within the EU, defined by different directions – North-South, East-West – and motivations  – pre-post crisis –  which  have led EU citizens to start experiencing ‘traditional’ immigration problems (e.g. initial settlement, language barriers and job discrimination).

This workshop aims to outline the emerging picture of primary and secondary intra-EU migrations through the prism of the 2008 financial downturn and its political, technological and socio-economic consequences. We invite submissions of abstracts that deal with these issues from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives and multiple methods research, particularly encouraging empirical based papers. Some of the questions we would like to explore are:

–  How can we conceptualise different profiles of intra-European migrants in terms of skill level, place of birth, temporality, etc.?

–  How do intersectional variables of class, ethnicity, gender, nationality and educational level affect the experiences of mobility within Europe?

–  How do EU Member States shape different public discourses to represent intra-European migration?

–  What role does connectivity based on technologies of communication and information play in the experiences of new migrants?

Workshop Convenors: Dr Adela Ros and Cecilia Gordano (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) and Dr Rosa Mas Giralt (University of Leeds).

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to mgordano@uoc.edu by 7th June, 2013. Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by 25th June.

The full Call for Papers for this workshop can be found at the conference website: http://tinyurl.com/Crisis-and-EU-Migration

For more information on the conference, please visit http://www.imiscoeconferences.org/

IMISCOE is an international network of research focused on migration.

 

Call for papers: SOCIAL WORK AND MIGRATION – 10th Annual IMISCOE Conference: Crisis and Migration- Perceptions, Challenges and Consequences

10th Annual IMISCOE Conference

Crisis and Migration- Perceptions, Challenges and Consequences Malmö, Sweden, 25-27 August 2013

Call for Papers

Workshop 18: MIGRATION AND SOCIAL WORK – EMERGING CONNECTIONS IN THEORY, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE

Convenors: Erica Righard [erica.righard@mah.se] and Paolo Boccagni [paolo.boccagni@unitn.it]

Migrants and their descendants are often over-represented, for a number of reasons, among the recipients – or at least the claimants – of social welfare schemes and of social work provisions. Yet, their distinctiveness as a category of users/clients of social work is relatively understudied. It also tends to be framed in overly “culturalist” terms, with scant attention to the complex interactions between different social positions in the local, national and global context. The social position of individual and collective actors might depend on such factors as legal statuses in host, origin- and other countries, various forms of resources such as economic and human capitals and social networks in the (sometimes trans-) local and national context, identities and belonging, racial and other forms of discrimination, etc. Yet, the literature on migration and welfare, in turn, has mostly centred on integration and addressed migrants’ entitlements and positions within different welfare regimes, as well as the informal social support provided by ethnic and other networks. While migrants’ overexposure to social exclusion and discrimination has been widely discussed, relatively less addressed have been social services responses to social vulnerabilities beyond a national integrationist discourse. There is still much to say about migrants’ involvement in social services in terms of everyday social practices – that is, their access to (and utilization of) social work provisions, and their careers as service users.
This workshop aims to enhance the connection between social work and migration studies, by taking stock of the literature, research and practice of social work to/with migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe. It will be a venue for comparative analysis and dialogue among researchers and practitioners in social work, having migration and ethnic diversity as an area of communal expertise and interest. This workshop aims to enhance the connection between social work and migration studies, by taking stock of the literature, research and practice of social work to/with migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe. It will be a venue for comparative analysis and dialogue among researchers and practitioners in social work, having migration and ethnic diversity as an area of communal expertise and interest.

Abstracts – about 300 words long – should be sent to Erica Righard [erica.righard@mah.se] or Paolo Boccagni [paolo.boccagni@unitn.it] by June 3rd. Deadline for sending full papers (6 000 -7 000 words long) is August 5th. Questions or clarifications prior to abstract submission should be directed to the same email addresses.

The complete Call for Papers can be found online at the conference website:

http://www.imiscoeconferences.org/ , or at the direct link: http://www.imiscoeconferences.org/images/cfp/18_migration_social%20work.pdf

Context and host

The workshop will take place at the 10th IMISCOE Annual Conference, 26 – 27 August 2013 in Malmö, Sweden, which brings together researchers from the IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe) Research Network and other academic and research institutions in Europe.

Important dates

3 June 2013: Deadline for submission of paper abstracts. 12 June 2013: Notification of acceptance decisions . 1 August 2013: Deadline for IMISCOE Conference Registration.  5 August 2013: Deadline for submission of full papers .

Registration

All conference presenters must register for the conference. For more information on how to register please visit the conference website: www.imiscoeconferences.org

Travel expenses and fees

No support will be available towards the cost of accommodation and/or travel and the conference fee.