Monthly Archives: August 2013

Seminar Invitation: Economic crisis, austerity and Brits abroad (Final Programme)

You are invited to attend the launch of:




A White Rose Consortium Funded Research Collaboration

Co-ordinated by Majella Kilkey (University of Sheffield), Neil Lunt (University of York) & Louise Waite (University of Leeds)

Seminar 1: Economic crisis, austerity and Brits abroad

Monday 23rd September 11:00 – 17:00

Conference Room, ICOSS, University of Sheffield


11:00 – 11:30              Registration

11:30 – 11:40              Introducing the White Rose research collaboration – Migration and Economic Crisis

(Dr Majella Kilkey, University of Sheffield & Claire Pickerden, White Rose University Consortium)

11:40 – 12:20              Trends in British emigration: what do the official data show?

(Joanna Wroe, Research Officer & Pamela Dent, Assistant Statistician, Migration Statistics Unit, Office for National Statistics)

12:20 – 13:00              The relationship between economic conditions and emigration from the UK: what do the official data show?

(Dr Rebecca Gillespie, Home Office Science: Migration and Border Analysis)

13:00 – 14:00              Lunch

14:00 – 14:40              Researching the ‘new’ British mobility: conceptual frames and methodological challenges

(Professor Loretta Baldassar, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Western Australia)

14:40 – 15:20              Thinking through lifestyle migration in an era of austerity

(Dr Michaela Benson, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London)

15:20 – 15:40              Tea & Coffee

15:40 – 16:20              Shattered Dreams? Older British People Returning from Spain

(Dr Kelly Hall, Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Birmingham & Charles Betty, University of Northampton)


16:20 – 17:00              Final Discussion – Economic crisis, austerity and Brits abroad: what are the new questions for social scientists?

(Introduced by Professor Peter Dwyer, Professor of Social Policy, University of York)

To book your place or for further information, please contact:

Dr Majella Kilkey, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield by


CMRB Borders and Bordering Seminar Series: Living with the Border, Professor Catherine Nash

CMRB (The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging)

at the University of East London is pleased to announce as part of its

Borders and Bordering Seminar Series:

Living with the Border

Professor Catherine Nash

School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London


This seminar will take place in

EB.G.18, Docklands Campus, University of East London, E16 2RD, nearest tube: Cyprus DLR



4-6pm, Monday 7th October 2013


The event is free but spaces are limited so please reserve a place by following the below link

Abstract: This paper focuses on everyday lived experience of the Irish border as it has changed over time from the perspective of borderland residents. It does so by bringing together an understanding of the border as material, practiced and symbolic and an attentiveness to meaning, memory and mobility in borderland life. The experience of the Irish border is entangled with questions of identity and difference in complex ways. The accounts of the meaning and experience of the border that this paper draws on suggest that ethno-national categories of identity in the Irish borderlands both persist and intersect with other local, regional and social identities. At the same time cross-border collective identities reflect the shared experience of the Irish border.

Catherine Nash is a feminist cultural geographer and Professor of Human Geography in the School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London. Her research interests are in geographies of belonging and relatedness in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain. Her recent work has addressed the everyday geographies of the Irish border and the biopolitical geographies of relatedness and difference in popular genealogy, genetic ancestry testing and human population genetics. Her work has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Recent publications include Of Irish Descent: Origin Stories, Genealogy and the Politics of Belonging, Syracuse University Press, 2008 and Partitioned Lives: The Irish Borderlands, 2013 (with Bryonie Reid and Brian Graham).

See for more information on the EU Borderscapes project, for details of the UEL Borderscapes team and for information on CMRB.


Upcoming course ‘Migration and Asylum (Foundation Course)’ (18 September-29 October 2013)

As part of HREA’s new certificate program on Migration & Asylum, the following course will be offered from 18 September-29 October: Migration and Asylum (Foundation Course).

18 September-29 October 2013
Instructor: Albert Kraler

International migration is increasingly drawing the attention of policy makers, practitioners and societies at large. In this sense, we are indeed living in an “age of migration”, as a well known text book on migration puts it. Issues related to security and economic instability between and within countries are pushing the international legal and political frameworks to become more complex thus posing serious challenges to the protection of migrant’s rights.

Transnational population movements are not a new phenomenon. The overall current figures do not differ much from those of some decades ago: the share of migrants in the world population has remained relatively stable, at currently 3%, compared to some 2.5% in the 1960s. There are indeed reasons to believe that in the last quarter of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century, migrants constituted a similar if not higher share of the world population. These global figures, however, conceal considerable differences between different world regions. Thus, in the global North, and in particular in Europe and the US, migration and as corollary, the share of the population of migrant origin has indeed considerably risen in the past decades, and within these flows, in particular migration from the global South. By contrast, migration in the global South has by and large only risen insignificantly, or indeed declined, while refugee flows have considerably increased.

What has in particular changed over time are patterns of migration: at the beginning of the 21st century, far more countries are involved in international migration and over long distances. But also patterns of internal migration have considerably changed, as a result of rapidly growing rates of urbanization and related rural-urban migration in developing countries and emerging economies. Moreover, the political regulation of migration has radically changed compared to the beginning of the 20th of the century or even the first two decades following WW II. Today, there are few countries without any migration policy framework, whereas in the 1960s and 1970s even industrialized countries often only had partial regulations in place. At the beginning of the 20th century migration policy was even more rudimentary and only a handful of states (South Africa for instance or the US) had more elaborate rules on entry and stay of foreign nationals. In many others such as the Habsburg empire or the Russian empire, the control of internal movements was overall more important than regulation of international migration. While policies international protection were entirely absent before the interwar period, these gradually evolved after WW1 and were developed into a universal system of protection only with the 1967 protocoll of the 1951 Geneva Convention. Since then, protection policies have further evolved, notably on the regional level. These changes in the regulation of international migration have a considerable impact on patterns of movement and the opportunities closed or open for migrants. But also push and pull factors (such as the environmental degradation in certain countries or new labor market needs in the global north) as well as the routes and means for mobility have considerably evolved. Generally, these have varied greatly historically and geographically. So while geographical mobility is arguably part of the human condition, its forms, patterns, dynamics, meanings and impacts are highly contextual.

The e-learning course will introduce participants to different aspects of migration, both from a theoretical/conceptual and an empirical perspective. It will equip participants with an understanding of basic concepts and theories of migration, global trends in migration and data sources, the distinction between forced and voluntary movements, the regulation of migration and key components of the global migration regime, issues of justice arising in the context of migration, and migration and development. The course understands migration in generic terms, i.e. as any movement over geographical distance involving a minimum stay at the place of origin and the place of destination. The course thus covers both voluntary and forced forms of migration, regular and irregular movements and different specific reasons why people move.

The course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction among students and instructor, webinars, quizzes and a writing assignment, and is offered over a 6-week period. The course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1. Introduction to Main Concepts in Migration Discourse
Week 2. Global Trends in Migration and Data Sources
Week 3. Forced versus Voluntary Migration
Week 4. The Regulation of International Migration – Legal and Policy Frameworks
Week 5. International Migration and Social Justice
Week 6. Migration and Development

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit:


The courses are aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain knowledge in the field of migration and asylum such as: government officials dealing with migration and related issues (at local and national levels); policy makers; national authorities dealing with migration and asylum policies; staff of inter-governmental organisations such as the IOM and UNHCR; NGO staff members and service providers and students of law, international relations, politics and social sciences, among other. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution among the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25. It is also possible to audit the courses. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the courses.

For a full list of courses offered in HREA’s Migration & Asylum certificate program, please visit .


The 2013 Scottish Ethnic Minorities Directory fresh off the press

Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)

The 2013 Scottish Ethnic Minorities Directory is now available to buy at a cost of £25 incl p&p – all proceeds going to the Positive Action in Housing destitution service and humanitarian work. 189 entries are updated and hundreds of new personal named contacts added. There is no other accurate or up to date list of contacts within the BME, refugee, asylum and new migrants sector. A must-have resource for anyone wanting to make links with BME, refugee and new migrant groups. A single copy costs £25. 5 copies £100. 10 copies £150. Larger orders by negotiation. Email with your request.

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ToC: Refugee Survey Quarterly

Oxford Journals has just released the latest Table of Contents alert for the Refugee Survey Quarterly.  Further details of the articles included in Vol. 32, No. 3, (September 2013), are detailed below:


The Dynamics of Bosnian Refugee Migrations in the 1990s, Current Migration Trends and Future Prospects
Marko Valenta and Zan Strabac
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2013 32: 1-22
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Refugee Resettlement in Australia: What We Know and Need to Know
Farida Fozdar and Lisa Hartley
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2013 32: 23-51
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The Logistics of Climate-Induced Resettlement: Lessons from the Carteret Islands, Papua New Guinea
Julia B. Edwards
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2013 32: 52-78
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Readmission Agreements and Refugee Rights: From a Critique to a Proposal
Mariagiulia Giuffré
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2013 32: 79-111
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Notes and Comments

Hidden Men: Bearing witness to mandatory detention in Australia
Caroline Fleay and Linda Briskman
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2013 32: 112-129
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T0C: Citizenship Studies

The latest Table of Contents for the journal Citizenship Studies has just been published online.  Further details of Vol. 17, No. 5, (01 Aug 2013) is now available online and are detailed below:

Citizenship Studies, Vol. 17, No. 5, 01 Aug 2013 is now available on Taylor & Francis Online.Special Issue: Narratives and Imaginaries of Citizenship in Latin America

This new issue contains the following articles:

Narratives and imaginaries of citizenship in Latin America
Judy Meltzer & Cristina Rojas
Pages: 525-529
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.818366

Legal narratives of citizenship, the social question, and public order in Colombia, 1915–1930 and after
Catherine C. LeGrand
Pages: 530-550
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.818369

Nationalism and immigrant labor in a tropical enclave: the West Indians of Colón City, 1850–1936
Marixa Lasso
Pages: 551-565
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.818370

Locating nature’s citizens: Latin American ecologies of political space
Alex Latta
Pages: 566-580
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.818372

Acts of indigenship: historical struggles for equality and colonial difference in Bolivia
Cristina Rojas
Pages: 581-595
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.818373

Decolonizing citizenship: reflections on the coloniality of power in Argentina
Lucy Taylor
Pages: 596-610
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.818375

Managing the citizen: privatized public works and the bureaucratic management of citizenship in post-authoritarian Chile, 1990–2005
Enrique R. Silva
Pages: 611-626
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.818377

Narratives of citizenship in Medellín, Colombia
Daniel Tubb
Pages: 627-640
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.818380

‘Good citizenship’ and the promotion of personal savings accounts in Peru
Judy Meltzer
Pages: 641-652
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.818382

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Course: Course on Migration and Security: 18-20 September, Georgetown University

Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog

Registration is open for Georgetown University’s course on Migration and Security (18-20 September 2013)

This course examines the interconnections between international migration and both national and human security, identifying various types of threats and weighing the extent to which they pose risks for countries and for migrants. It focuses particularly on assessing the effectiveness of initiatives at the international, regional and national levels to prevent entry of and apprehend, prosecute and deport those who pose security threats, including the use of new technologies.

The course examines both theory and practice in helping participants understand the complexities of balancing security and facilitation as well as the legal issues that arise in protection of the rights of migrants and refugees. The course encourages discussion of pertinent laws, legal cases and policy frameworks that relate to migration and security.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, a successful student will be able to:

* Understand the differences in the concepts of national and human security.

* Recognize the interconnections between international migration and security.

* Assess the effectiveness of international, regional and national initiatives to prevent entry of and apprehend, prosecute and deport those who pose security threats.

* Discuss complexities of balancing security and facilitation.

* Explain legal issues that arise in protection of the rights of migrants and refugees.

* Discuss pertinent laws, legal cases, and policy frameworks.

The course is self-contained and also applies towards Georgetown’s Certificate in International Migration Studies.

To register and find additional information, please visit:

Event: Ageing and migration workshop, 18 October, University of Manchester

Funded by the Manchester Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Research on Ageing (MICRA) Friday 18th October 2013, 9:30am-4pm, Boardroom, 2nd floor, Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

This workshop will bring together people working on ageing and migration.  Papers will address three main areas of interest, including migrants who migrate at later stages in their lives; ageing migrants, who spent the latter years of their lives in countries other than the ones where they were born; and the consequences of migration for older people who are ‘left behind’ in regions/countries of origin. Speakers include: Armando Barrientos (Manchester); Tanja Bastia (Manchester); Jasmine Gideon (Birkbeck); Russell King (Sussex); Jieyu Liu TBC (Leeds); Aija Lulle (University of Latvia, Riga); Eppu Mikkonen-Jeanneret (HelpAge International); María Esther Pozo (San Simon, Cochabamba, Bolivia); Elisabeth Schroeder-Butterfill TBC (Southampton); Julie Vullnetari (Sussex).

Attendance is free but places are limited.  Please register at

For further information please contact<>

‘Early bird’ reminder: Conference ‘On the Borders of Refugee Protection? The Impact of Human Rights Law on Refugee Law’

A quick reminder that the special ‘early bird’ rate for registration at the conference ‘On the Borders of Refugee Protection?’ is available only until this Saturday 31 August – after which the standard rate applies.

Further details of the conference and registration are provided below. Please note that places at the conference are already going fast!

Additional enquiries regarding registration can be directed to Chloe Pieters (

Kind regards,

Dr David James Cantor, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London Bruce Burson, New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal


‘On the Borders of Refugee Protection? The Impact of Human Rights Law on Refugee Law – Comparative Practice and Theory’

Convened by the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, and partner institutions Hosted by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

13 and 14 November 2013

This expert conference breaks new ground in exploring how human rights law (HRL) is shaping the protection of refugees worldwide. A high-level event, it brings together exciting new contributions from more than twenty-five leading international specialists in the refugee protection and HRL  – including experts from UNHCR – to take stock of transnational developments in law and practice over the past twenty years, and to cultivate new approaches to the topic. Please see the attached programme for further details.

The five thematic panels of the conference move beyond abstract approaches to HRL and refugee law to assessing legal interaction between the two fields in practice. The first day offers wide-ranging comparative perspectives on how HRL is impacting on refugee law in national settings across the world. The second half-day explores the novel ways in which the borders of refugee protection are being shaped by cross-cutting special themes in HRL and the future challenges that this poses. Substantial opportunities are provided for participants to join in debating and forging new approaches to the themes canvassed by this unique gathering.

To secure your participation at the conference, please register at:

<> The non-residential registration fees are: for ‘early bird’ bookings made before 1 September 2013 – £85.00 (standard) and £45.00 (student rate); for late bookings after 1 September 2013 – £110.00 (standard) and £60.00 (student rate).

A limited number of places are available and will be allocated in order of registration. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

CPD points are available for participating barristers.

The conference is convened by the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, in partnership with the Centre for Refugee Studies (York, Canada), Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (Harvard, USA), Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (London, UK), International Refugee Law Research Programme (Melbourne, Australia), International Association of Refugee Law Judges, Refugee Studies Centre (Oxford, UK) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.


Courses: UN System Staff College training on ‘Partnering with Faith Organisations in Development, Health and Humanitarian Work’

Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog

Courses: UN System Staff College training on ‘Partnering with Faith Organisations in Development, Health and Humanitarian Work’ from 22-24 October 2013 in Rome

I would like to share an opportunity for a Strategic Learning Exchange (SLE) co-organised by UNSSC, UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNHCR. Entitled ‘Partnering with Faith Organisations in Development, Health and Humanitarian Work’, the SLE explores the linkages between faith and humanitarian/development work, and brings together UN staff members who have experience engaging with faith-based organisations and communities in the course of their respective work in operational contexts.

In addition to those working within the UN system, practitioners working in the field of forced migration are encouraged to apply.

The SLE will take place from 22-24 October in Rome, Italy.  Please note that the deadline for subscription is 15 September 2013.

The course fee is USD 1,500. Additionally, applicants will be expected to cover their own travel, accommodations and meals.

More information is available in the UNSSC website at:

To apply, follow this link:

Partnering with Faith Organisations in Development, Health and Humanitarian Work – Rome, Italy, 22-24 October 2013

‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.’

Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

There is growing recognition in the international development and humanitarian communities of the role of faith in providing significant moral, social and political agency for human development and resilience in the face of hardship and adversity. Religious institutions, communities of faith and faith-based NGOs are carrying out critical development and humanitarian relief activities, including in entrenched situations of conflict. How can the resources these organizations bring to the table (human, financial and spiritual) be better understood and more effectively tapped by all of those working to serve the very same communities?

Many UN organizations and offices are today partnering with faith-based or faith-inspired service-delivery NGOs, local faith communities and religious leaders. Yet these forms of engagement also entail challenges and concerns. As the United Nations system reviews – and sets – its post-2015 sustainable development agenda for the decades to come, it is timely to examine the objectives, means and outcomes of such partnerships.

The aim of this Strategic Learning Exchange (SLE) is to explore the linkages between faith and the continuum of humanitarian to development work. It will consider the nature of development and humanitarian work, the timeframes for interventions and the types of populations served. The three-day meeting will examine human rights and gender equality as cross-cutting concerns, as well as lessons learned in the programme design, implementation and evaluation phases.

This SLE will bring together a range of UN staff members who have experience engaging with faith-based organizations and communities in the course of their respective work at senior programme and policy levels. Several faith-based partners will also be invited to reflect on their experiences of engaging with the UN in service delivery, advocacy and capacity building. All participants are expected to bring their expertise on faith and various programmatic areas, such as health (HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health), gender equality, education, conflict transformation, humanitarian relief and climate change, and document it in preparation for the course as per standard case study formats.

The training method will follow the current trends in UN staff education and be primarily peer-to-peer learning and information sharing. It will further link the human-rights based approach to programming and house it within the UN’s Delivering as One framework.

Expected Outcomes of the SLE:

Participants can expect to take away the following:

. Enhanced understanding and ability to clearly articulate the linkages between faith and development and humanitarian work in contemporary contexts, including in the context of globalization, political change, conflict, protection, climate change, the economic and financial context and impact on aid effectiveness, social and cultural diversity, etc.

. Strengthened capacity to identify and articulate opportunities and challenges, strengths, weaknesses, entry points and modalities for:

(a) Partnership with faith-based NGOs and communities in the areas of knowledge-transfer, capacity building, advocacy, and enhancement of national ownership processes; and

(b) Strategies aimed at strengthening and overcoming some of the challenges associated with these partnerships (government relations, NGO/CSO dynamics, etc).


‘Finally we can learn from each other on an issue we were not even allowed to acknowledge before – the power of religion in the lives of millions of people. Very pleased you also brought on board the FBOs so we are not preaching to each other only, but we actually have their own voices to inform us’.

‘Why did it take us so long to have this?! Some of us started already in the early 1970s to urge the international development community to undertake these kinds of partnerships.on reflection. perhaps this was the right time so we could think together on what we have already learned and how much further we need to go. This has been very helpful for me to realize what is perhaps the obvious, but then again, we need to be reminded of how to deal with the obvious’.

‘Rarely does one get an opportunity to boast about one’s work and still be also humbled by the work of other colleagues dealing with such challenges. What a rich experience’.

ToC: Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The latest Table of Contents for the journal entitled Holocaust and Genocide Studies had recently been published by Oxford Journal.  Some of the articles included in this issue, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Fall 2013), are detailed as follows:


The 1941 Galician Deportation and the Kamenets-Podolsk Massacre: A Prologue to the Hungarian Holocaust
George Eisen and Tamás Stark
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 207-241
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“Euthanasia,” Human Experiments, and Psychiatry in Nazi-Occupied Lithuania, 1941–1944
Björn M. Felder
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 242-275
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The Genesis of Vichy’s Jewish Statute of October 1940
Laurent Joly
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 276-298
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Research Note

Death Sentence Despite the Law: A Secret 1962 Crimes-against-Humanity Trial in Kiev
Lev Simkin
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 299-312
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Review Essay

Recent Developments in the Study of the Armenian Genocide
Robert Melson
Holocaust Genocide Studies 2013 27: 313-321
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Call for Contributions: Education for Refugees

The Center for Lebanese Studies, an academic institution affiliated with the University of Oxford, is organizing,  in collaboration with UNESCO, a Conference on “New Visions for Refugee Education in the Middle East” in March 2014 in Beirut.

The conference will seek to shed light on the main problematics that affect refugees as far as education is concerned among which the need for integration whilst at the same time maintaining their specific culture, identity and language.

We are looking forward your contribution to this conference.

Download the Call for Contributions in PDF Format – [Download Here]


ToC: International Journal of Refugee Law

Oxford Journals have just released the latest Table of Contents (ToC) for the International Journal of Refugee Law.  Details of the articles included in Vol. 25, No. 2, (June 2013), are detailed as follows:


Interesting Times: 2002–13
Geoff Gilbert
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 195-206
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The Next Frontier: Expanding Protection in Europe for Victims of Armed Conflict and Indiscriminate Violence
Helene Lambert
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 207-234
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Protecting Recognized Geneva Convention Refugees outside their States of Asylum
Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 235-264
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Reflections on Refoulement and Collective Expulsion in the Hirsi Case
Maarten Den Heijer
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 265-290
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Do the Facts Speak for Themselves? Country of Origin Information in French and British Refugee Status Determination Procedures
Robert Gibb and Anthony Good
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 291-322
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Roundtable Discussion Papers

Roundtable Discussion with the IARLJ, the ECtHR and the CJEU on Leading Asylum Cases
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 323
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Welcome Address
Judge Spielmann
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 324-327
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Briefing Note for Participants
Hugo Storey
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 328-348
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Luxembourg, Strasbourg and the National Court: the Emergence of a Country Guidance System for Refugee and Human Rights Protection
Sir Nicholas Blake
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 349-372
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Germany: The Handling of Leading Asylum Cases by National Courts
Justice Harald Dörig
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 373-376
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Comments on the Court of Justice of the EU’s Developing Case Law on Asylum
Boštjan Zalar
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 377-381

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Roundtable Discussion with the IARLJ, the CJEU and the ECtHR on Leading Asylum Cases
Judge Ledi Bianku
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 382-393
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Summary of Introductory Remarks
Volker Türk
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 394-398
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Introduction to the Concluding Session of the Roundtable
Jean-Marc Sauvé
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 399-406
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Frontex: Human Rights Responsibilities
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 407-434
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Cover / Standing Material

Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: NP
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Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: NP
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Event: IOM Report Launch: Migrant Well-being and Development


The International Organization for Migration and Middlesex University will be hosting a joint event based on the IOM World Migration Report 2013.  The theme of the event will be:

“Migrant Well-being and Development”

19 September 2013 from 11:00-15:30, Middlesex University

The individual well-being of migrants is the central theme of IOM’s World Migration Report 2013.  Many reports linking migration and development concentrate on the broad socio-economic consequences of migratory processes, and the impact of migration on the lives of individuals can easily be overlooked.  In contrast, the WMR 2013 focuses on migrants as persons, exploring how migration affects quality of life and human development across a broad range of dimensions.

The report draws upon the findings of a unique source of data – the Gallup World Poll – which is conducted in more than 150 countries, allowing for an assessment of the well-being of migrants worldwide for the first time, and examines outcomes on six core dimensions of well-being: Financial, career, Social, Community, Physical and Subjective.  The WMR 2013 makes recommendations for future initiatives to monitor in the global post-2015 development framework.

This joint event will bring IOM and Gallup to present the report and a panel of experts to comment and discuss the issues raised, to discuss the issues of well-being, happiness and migration followed by and open question and answer session.  A migrant voice will also be invited to present the position of the migrant in this context.

Invited speakers: 

Gervais Appave, Special Adviser to the Director General, IOM

Dr. Anita Pugliese, Research and Quality director, Gallup

Dr. David Bartram, Senior Lecturer, University of Leicester

Don Flynn, Director of the Migrant’s Rights Network

Professor Eleonore Kofman, Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship, Middlesex University

Professor Brad Blitz, Professor of International Politics, Middlesex University

A detailed agenda will be circulated in early September. Please RSVP to Christiana Rose by 13 September 2013.

Course: Regional Statelessness Course: South East Asia Focus

Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog

Regional Statelessness Course:
South East Asia Focus
4 – 8 November 2013, Bangkok

Statelessness is a global phenomenon that currently affects over 10 million people worldwide, including a large number in Asia. New cases continue to arise every day as states struggle with the challenge of ensuring that everyone enjoys a nationality. For those who find themselves stateless, the lack of a nationality commonly obstructs access to a wide range of other rights, to detrimental effect. Moreover, the harsh impact that statelessness has on the lives of individuals and the fabric of communities may contribute to social tension, forced displacement and even conflict. Over the last several years, an increasing number of actors willing and able to address statelessness have emerged. However, much work remains to be done in terms of developing a full understanding of the phenomenon and building the required capacity to address it.

The Statelessness Programme at Tilburg Law School has designed a specialised week-long intensive training course to help fill this gap, in close collaboration with the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Participants from civil society, academia, governments and international organisations come together to learn about statelessness, explore fundamental questions of definition and legal frameworks, and to develop plans for action. Following the successful implementation of this course as a global-oriented “Summer Course” hosted by Tilburg Law School in 2012 and 2013, a regionalised version is now being offered for the first time, with a focus on South East Asia. This course will provide the same insight into fundamental issues surrounding statelessness – its causes, consequences and the tools that can be used to address it – but will also shed light on the problem of statelessness in South East Asia through tailored assignments and case studies. To this end, the course is also convened in cooperation with the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and will draw further on regional expertise by inviting guest lecturers from the region to facilitate a number of sessions.

For detailed information please see the following link:  The deadline for applications is 15th September 2013.

Dates: 4 – 8 November 2013

Location: VIE Hotel, Bangkok

Participants: Maximum 30 – From academia, legal practice, UN agencies, NGOs, research institutes, government

Lecturers: Experts with many years’ experience working on statelessness within UN, civil society and academic settings

Language: English

Tuition fee: € 950

Accommodation: Hotel package at course venue for 2900 Thai Baht per night

Scholarships: Limited number of half scholarships (tuition only) and full scholarships (tuition, travel and accommodation) available Application deadline: 15 September 2013 More information: Visit our website: or contact us via