Daily Archives: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

New Online Resource: Urban Refugees.org

Please find details below of a new online resource dedicated to promoting the rights of urban refugees and internally displaced persons. Urban refugees is a non-governmental organisation and full details of the work they are currently undertaken can be found on their website as follows:

Further background information can be found on the Urban Refugees.org website as follows:

Urban Refugees is a Non Governmental Organization dedicated to promoting the rights of urban refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) worldwide. Through documentation, networking and advocacy activities our organization aims at improving the plight of urban refugees and IDPs worldwide.

Urban refugees and IDPs are persons who, for fear of persecution, had to flee from the place where they used to reside and found refuge in an urban area, be it in another country (refugees) or in their own country (IDPs).

Although half of the refugee and IDP population worldwide is now living in urban areas, these particularly vulnerable populations have attracted a level of attention that has clearly not matched their number. The international community’s engagement has focused on the management of camps and settlements in rural areas, giving little attention to the plight of urban refugees and IDPs. Even though in recent years the issue of urban refugees and IDPs has been increasingly considered by both humanitarian actors and academics, the attention given to the subject remains too scarce.

This website was conceived as an online platform on which you will find:

  • Relevant and up to date documents (reports, articles, thesis) on urban refugees and IDPs (See Resources),
  • Information about the situation of urban refugees and IDPs worldwide and the challenges they face (see Learn About)
  • The very latest news on urban displacements worldwide (see News)
  • Case studies highlighting specific country situations where urban refugees and IDPs are to be found (See Country Monitoring)
  • Contacts of other NGOs working with urban refugees and IDPs (See The Network)
  • Contacts of academics specialized on urban displacements worldwide (See The Network)
  • Innovating ideas and good practices from all around the world and dedicated to NGOs, academics and UNHCR (See Idea Box)

Urban Refugees.org website – http://urban-refugees.org/


Call for Papers – for a British Journal of Social Work Special Edition: ‘A World on the Move’: Migration, Mobilities and Social Work (Vol 44 Issue 4 June 2014)

Call for Papers: British Journal of Social Work Special Issue 2014

The editors of the British Journal of Social Work invite submission of abstracts for this Special Issue to be guest edited by Charlotte Williams, (RMIT University, Australia) and Mekada Graham, (California State University Dominguez Hills, USA):

‘A World on the Move’: Migration, Mobilities and Social Work (Vol 44 Issue 4 June 2014)

A world of people are on the move – including international students, economic migrants, itinerant peoples, Gypsy/Travellers, those within global care chains as well as those without proper authorisation whose irregular status leave them vulnerable to human rights violations including slavery. It is estimated that some 191 million people or 3% of the world’s population live outside of their country of birth and over half of these are women. Women migrants are particularly vulnerable to labour market exploitation, human trafficking, sexual violence and sexually transmitted diseases. Refugees fleeing natural disaster, famine, persecution and conflict form a distinct category within this movement.
Migrants and their descendants provide an important focus for consideration in that they are often over represented amongst those in need of welfare support and benefits, subject to discriminations and marginalisation and human rights abuses and importantly form a significant but undervalued core of the workforce of social service provisioning. Neither has this movement come without a significant intersection with issues of racial and ethnic discrimination, xenophobia and exacerbated social disadvantage and inequities.

This movement of peoples across and within national contexts has demanded far reaching change from within the profession, highlighting issues in interventions, in the training of social workers and in the types of research they undertake. How do contemporary debates, theorizing, writing and research reflect this? The aim of this special issue is to draw out an engagement between domestic politics of ethnic diversity and wider concerns of international migration and mobilities with the purpose of reinvigorating the debate of social work’s role in responding appropriately to this central and global concern.

This special issue invites contributions – theoretical, empirical and/or practice based which engage with the following key themes.

  • The lived experiences of particular migrant groups/descendants in various country contexts and the way in which needs are being framed by wider social structural policies, attitudes and values, including access to services, issues of place and displacement and the evolution of new forms of need.
  • Social work responses, including methods of intervention, culturally appropriate services, social development strategies, the development of anti-discriminatory/anti-oppressive/anti-racist practice and human rights practice, ethical dilemmas, use of technologies, the transformations within the profession itself and professionalism in working with migrant minorities and their descendents.
  • Participation of migrant peoples in the delivery of mainstream welfare services, in minority organizations and within social work education. What can be said about the international movement of social /care workers and the movement of international students in social work across the world?
  • Diversity, discrimination and racism: including consideration of debates about race and racism in relation to migration and mobilities, the impact of intersectionalities, and considerations of migration vis a vis indigenous status. What innovations and cross national responses are there to these issues?

Timescale for Special Issue publication: Abstracts in by June 7th 2013 Full Drafts of all papers will be due at the latest by September 27th 2013
NB: Papers may be submitted in advance of September 27th. In accordance with BJSW’s normal publication procedures, all accepted papers will be published online on the BJSW website in advance of publication in the printed volume.

This special issue will be published to synchronise with the 2014 World Conference to be held in Melbourne Australia 9 – 12th July 2014 and will reflect the core theme of the conference ‘Promoting social and economic equality’.

Guidelines for abstract submission:

Abstract proposals not exceeding 800 words in length should be sent by email to arrive no later than Friday, 7th June 2013 to Charlotte Williams, Professor and Head of Social Work RMIT
Please ensure that you include your full name and email contact details.
We look forward very much to receiving your contribution. If you have any queries, please email charlotte.williams@rmit.edu.au; or mgraham@csudh.edu.

Special Issue: ‘A World on the Move’: Migration, Mobilities and Social Work
Call for abstracts – click here to find out more

Events: RSC Public Seminar: Constitutionalism, ethnicity and minority rights in Africa – Wednesday, 5pm, Oxford

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Constitutionalism, ethnicity and minority rights in Africa: a legal appraisal from the Great Lakes region Dr Jeremie Gilbert (Middlesex University)

Time:  5pm, 22 May 2013

Location: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development – QEH, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB

The last decade has witnessed a constitutional revival in Africa, with several countries adopting new constitutions. Several of these constitutions have been adopted following serious ethnic tensions, especially in the Great Lakes region. Because of the nature of the ethnic conflicts which were rooted in the repression of minority communities, the new constitutional frameworks regarding ethnicity and minority rights are going to be extremely significant for the peace and stability of the region.

By analysing the recently adopted constitutions of Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, this presentation will examine the extent to which some of the most recently adopted constitutions of the continent are addressing, or not, the rights of the most marginalised minority communities. By focusing on the Great Lakes region, this presentation wishes to explore why there is still a general reluctance towards the recognition of minority rights in most African constitutions.



Recent podcasts

Public Seminar Series

Evidence about torture in the UK asylum system Dr Toby Kelly (University of Edinburgh) http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/evidence-about-torture-in-the-uk-asylum-system

Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture 2013

Tracks Across Sand: the dispossession of the ‡Khomani San of the southern Kalahari Professor Hugh Brody (University of the Fraser Valley)



The deportation of unaccompanied minors from the EU: family-tracing and government accountability in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) project http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/erpum-workshop


For any enquiries, get in touch at rsc@qeh.ox.ac.uk

**Apologies for any cross posting**


Courses: 11th Annual Course on Forced Migration Studies (Kolkata, India, December 2013)

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Please find below the advertisement for the 11th Orientation Course on Forced Migration Studies to be held in Kolkata, India (8-14 December, 2013):


About the Course

The Course, certified by the UNHCR and the Calcutta Research Group (CRG), will be preceded by a two and a half month long programme of distance education. It will consist of several workshops, lectures on selected themes and other interactive exercises. The workshops will be based on assignments sent to the selected participants two months prior to the programme for necessary preparation. The programme is intended principally for college and university teachers. However, human-rights activists, policymakers, academics, refugee activists and others working in the field of human rights and humanitarian assistance for victims of forced migration are also welcome. The curriculum deals with training in methodology and capacity-building of the participants and grapples specifically with the theme of burgeoning, new public spaces but also related broader themes of nationalism, ethnicity, partition, and partition-refugees, national régimes and the international régime of protection, issues relating to regional patterns of forced migration in South Asia, internal displacement, the gendered nature of forced migration and protection framework, resource politics, climate change and environmental degradation, and several other themes related to the forced displacement of people. Selected candidates will have to complete assignments based on the workshop themes before they join the programme in Kolkata, India.

How to Apply

Applicants must have (a) experience in teaching, research work or policy studies on forced migration OR, 5 years experience in the work of protection of the victims of forced displacement, AND (b) proficiency in English. Besides giving all necessary particulars, application must be accompanied by two appropriate recommendation letters and a 500-1000 word write-up on how the programme is relevant to the applicant’s work and may benefit the applicant. The following registration fee will have to be paid by each selected candidate: 1. Candidate from India and other countries of South Asia: INR 8,000 / US$ 150; 2. Candidate from the rest of the world: US$ 1,200. In Kolkata, the CRG will provide accommodation and bear other expenses for all participants. Inquiries relating to the application procedure are welcome. Applications, addressed to the Course Coordinator, should be sent by e-mail to forcedmigrationdesk@mcrg.ac.in or by post to the following address: Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, GC 45 Sector 3, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700 106, West Bengal, India. Phone: +91 (33) 2337 0408 All applications must reach us by the June 24, 2013.


Calls for papers: Human Security and Forced Migration: Dilemmas and Prospects (Third World Conference on Humanitarian Studies/Third Istanbul Human Security Conference, 24-27 Oct 2013, Istanbul)

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Call for Papers: Human Security and Forced Migration: Dilemmas and Prospects

The Third World Conference on Humanitarian Studies will be organized jointly with the Third Istanbul Human Security Conference on 24-27 October 2013  at Kadir Has University, Istanbul.  ‘Human Security and Forced Migration: Dilemmas and Prospects’ is proposed as a panel as part of this conference.

Forced migration is a concept that has many categories including refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people. Security also involves different levels: traditional state-centric security understandings followed by new perceptions of transnational and human security. Thus, the two concepts can be analyzed on different levels and categories. Within this multi-level/category context, forced migration and security can also have a complex relationship where forced migration can be treated both as the source and product of security threats. While being a foremost ground for “responsibility to protect” against traditional understandings of state sovereignty, forced migration also has the potential for becoming a transnational problem as well as an example of human security concern.

Accordingly, the panel is open for papers that re/evaluate the relationship between the two concepts on different levels and categories. The aim is to bring the field of forced migration closer to security studies to extend both theoretical and practical proposals.

For further information about the conference, please visit:


For further information regarding the panel, please consult Dr. Deniz Sert at denizsert@gmail.com


GRITIM-UPF launches two call for papers

GRITIM-UPF is organizing two workshops for the IMISCOE Tenth Annual Conference: Crisis and Migration – Perceptions, Challenges and Consequences taking place in Malmö, Sweden, from the 25th to the 27th of August, 2013.

The first workshop is titled: Managing migration in a multilevel context: Local diversity policies challenges in times of crisis and it is framed in the project DIVERSIDAD. The GRITIM-UPF researchers involved in the chairing of this workshop are Ricard Zapata Barrero and Núria Franco Guillén.

See the call for papers!

The second workshop is titled: Mainstream political parties and immigrants: discourses, politicization and participation and it is framed in the project DIVPOL. The GRITIM-UPF researchers involved in the organization of this workshop are Flora BurchiantiGema Rubio Carbonero and Juan Carlos Triviño Salazar.

See the call for papers!