Daily Archives: Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Free statelessness training for lawyers – Birmingham, 28 October 1-5.30pm

Free statelessness training for lawyers – Birmingham, 28 October 1-5.30pm

Asylum Aid, the Equal Rights Trust and Adrian Berry (Garden Court Chambers) will be jointly conducting a free training session for lawyers on New Immigration Rules on Statelessness on 28 October 2013 at Lifeline Options, Waterlinks Enterprise Centre, Birmingham 1.00pm to 5.30pm. This training is supported and funded by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It is part of a series of 6 training sessions that will be delivered across the UK over the next 6 months – further information to follow.

The course has been designed specifically to equip practising lawyers to utilise the new UK statelessness determination procedure. If you are an immigration solicitor, barrister or case worker based in Birmingham/West Midlands with an existing or potential caseload of stateless clients then this training is for you. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – 4 hours. Please see attached invite/flyer for the provisional programme.

Registration – To register, please email Chris Nash – chrisn@asylumaid.org.uk , copying Jessica Cunliffe – jessicac@asylumaid.org.uk by Tuesday 15 October. Registration is on a first come-first served basis and places are limited.


Seminar: Gender, Race and Political Activism

Free Seminar:

Families and Social Capital Research Group Seminar, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy, London South Bank University

Gender, Race and Political Activism
Thursday 10 October 2013
London South Bank University (room to be confirmed)
2.00 – 4.30 p.m.

Confirmed Speakers:
Gary Younge (writer, broadcaster, Visiting Professor, LSBU)
Ahdaf Soueif (novelist and cultural commentator)
Shaminder Takhar (Department of Social Sciences, LSBU)
Adrian Budd (Department of Social Sciences, LSBU)

This Seminar event is free but spaces are limited to 50 people. To book a place RSVP: Dr Beverley Goring goringbl@lsbu.ac.uk

Gary Younge is a Visiting Professor of Sociology and Politics at LSBU. He is the author of a number of books and his latest The Speech: The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Speech, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the memorable speech at the March on Washington. One of his recent articles can be found at:

‘The Rev King didn’t dream of better people; he dreamed of a better system’ [Gary Younge, 28 August 2013]

Ahdaf Soueif is an Egyptian novelist and political and cultural commentator. She is the author of the bestselling The Map of Love (shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1999). She writes regularly for The Guardian in London and has a weekly column for al-Shorouk in Cairo. Her latest book, Cairo: My City, Our Revolution
conveys a personal account of the Egyptian revolution. One of her recent articles can be found at:

‘Egypt after the revolution: curfew nights and blood-stained days’
[Ahdaf Soueif, 23 August 2013]


Upcoming eLearning courses: Forced Migration / Promoting Migrant and Refugee Integration

As part of HREA’s new certificate program on Migration & Asylum, the following eLearning courses will be offered from 6 November-17 December 2013: Forced Migration and Promoting Migrant and Refugee Integration.  Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575. Tuition for auditorsUS$ 215. Early registration discount: 15% when paying by 30 September.

9 November-17 December 2013
Instructor: Dr. Christine Mougne

Forced migration is one of today’s major international challenges and lies at the heart of the fundamental concepts of humanity and equality. War, conflict, environmental and human catastrophes, as well as the effects of globalisation and economic polarisation, compels individuals to move in search of safety and stability. This e-learning course introduces participants to the international and regional systems and standards of refugee protection from historical, legal, theoretical and practical perspectives. It also analyses special protection mechanisms such as complementary or temporary protection. The mounting challenges to refugee protection resulting from a growth in mixed migration, and rising xenophobia will also be examined.

The linkages between human rights law, humanitarian law and refugee law are analysed in views of states’ compliance with legal and ethical obligations. Special attention is given to the three durable solutions for refugees (repatriation, local integration and resettlement) and reflects on some of the key challenges presented by each of them.

The particular challenges presented by complex emergencies and mass influxes are discussed as are the responses developed by the international community to effective humanitarian aid delivery, such as the “cluster approach”. The critical importance of approaching refugee populations as heterogeneous groups with differing needs and resources is explained, and approaches to the identification of and response to special protection needs of vulnerable individuals within the community discussed.

Course outline

Week 1. Introduction to forced migration – history of population movements, evolution of refugee regime and basic concepts
Week 2. International and regional frameworks for refugee protection – Geneva Convention of 1951 and 1967 Protocol, Cartagena Declaration and OAU Convention
Week 3. Contemporary challenges of forced migration: mixed migration, human trafficking, complex emergencies and mass influxes
Week 4. Division of roles and responsibilities: governments (host/donor), UNHCR, NGOs; inter-agency co-operation and the Cluster Approach
Week 5. The search for durable solutions as an integral part of protecting refugees: key challenges in a shrinking world
Week 6. Participatory needs assessment of refugee populations; identification of and response to individuals with special protection needs

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit:


9 November-17 December 2013
Instructors: Dr. Jan Niessen and Thomas Huddleston (Migration Policy Group)

With increasingly more multi-cultural and ethnic societies due to new migration routes, migrant and refugee integration can be a challenge both for host communities as well as for migrant and refugees themselves. Lack of proper integration can lead to the violation of basic human rights as well as a number of social, political and cultural rights. Building a deep understanding of the main issues at stake is vital to developing the technical capacities to address this issue effectively so that all parties of the equation can benefit from migration.

This e-learning course focuses on issues related to labor market access, family reunification, access to education and education support programs for migrant children, access to residence permits and nationality, political and civil rights and anti-discrimination policies, and addresses complex matters such as the integration of irregular migrants and especially vulnerable groups.

This e-learning 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. Guiding principles for integration and policies
Week 2. The links between immigration and anti-discrimination
Week 3. A secure status as the starting point: family reunification and long-term residence
Week 4. Access to nationality and political participation
Week 5. Support for immigrant adults: employment, education and language courses
Week 6. Support for immigrant children: the 1.5 and 2.0 generations

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.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575. Early registration discount: 15% when paying by 30 September. Tuition for auditorsUS$ 215. Early registration discounts: 15% when paying by 30 September.

Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, and bank and wire transfer. Bulk rates are available.

For a full list of courses offered in HREA’s Migration & Asylum certificate program, please visit http://www.hrea.org/migration .


Events: “The Borders of Crimmigration 9-10 October 2014 in Leiden, the Netherlands

Call for Papers:

Crimmigration Control International Net of Studies presents:
2nd Annual Crimmigration Control Conference
9-10 October 2014 in Leiden, the Netherlands
“The Borders of Crimmigration”
October 9-10, 2014, Leiden Law School, the Netherlands

After the great success of the first annual CINETS conference held in Coimbra, Portugal in 2012, researchers, graduate students and practitioners working in the field of crime (control) and migration (control) are invited to participate in the 2nd Crimmigration Control Conference. This two-day conference will be held at Leiden University, the Netherlands on the 9th and 10th of October 2014.

Theme: The Borders of Crimmigration

The theme for this second annual conference is “The Borders of Crimmigration”. Globalization has led to a far-reaching transformation of the relationship between states which is particularly evident in the way that territorial borders are managed, negotiated and imagined. As the relationships between states shift and the boundaries between national and international become increasingly blurred, scholars and practitioners have come to realize that the changes in the nature and the meaning of borders require greater translation and interaction between various disciplines such as criminology, sociology, law, anthropology, political sciences and international relations. In this second CINETS conference we aim to bring together scholars and practitioners from these various disciplines in order to contribute to the discussion on– actual or imaginary, legal or social, internal or external – borders as a key concept in crimmigration studies.
Besides raising questions on discussing immigration policies concerning crimmigration in relation to borders and border control, this conference aims to address questions on the extent and differences in the policies implemented to penalize aggressors in crimes involving immigrants. Moreover, papers on the social phenomena to which these policies are responses are also welcomed. In doing so, this conference will not only focus on abstract theoretical notions that have been claimed to explain the crimmigration trend, but also on the practical implications and (un)intended consequences of crimmigration in the field of law enforcement.
Call for proposals

The Program Committee invites proposals that engage with the program theme and other topics related to crimmigration research.This includes for example theoretical papers, case studies, empirical evaluation and methodological work. Proposals for individual papers or fully formed panels will be considered. The proposals must meet to following criteria:
 Abstracts must be written in the conference’s official language: English. Submissions should report original still unpublished work.
 The deadline for submission is November 15th, 2013.
 Abstracts can be emailed to: CINETS2014Leiden@law.leidenuniv.nl

Since only a limited number of papers and panels can be accepted, after the submission deadline the Conference Committee will be responsible for the selection. Each contributor will be notified about his or her participation as soon as possible about but no later than January 1st 2014.
A. Individual Papers
Submit a proposal without having determined your fellow panelists. The Conference Committee will assign your paper to a panel after you submit your paper proposal.
Proposals for Individual Papers must include:
 a paper title
 an abstract of 400-500 words
 4 keywords
 co-author(s)’ information (if relevant)

B. Paper Session organized around a common theme
For a Paper Session to be approved, it must have the following minimums:
 4 paper presenters
 1 chair, 1 discussant, who can be the same person

Proposals with Paper Presentations must include:
 a session title
 a 100-250 word description of the session
 4 keywords
 a chair

 a discussant (who may also serve as chair)
 a maximum of four individual papers including 500 word abstracts of each individual paper

Important Dates
 Abstracts due: November 15, 2013
 Admissions notification: January 1st, 2014
 Final Papers due: September 1st, 2014
 Conference: 9th – 10th October 2014

Venue & Fees
Leiden Law School, Leiden University the Netherlands: http://www.law.leiden.edu/
Registration will open in early 2014 (http://www.crimmigrationcontrol.com) All participants must register
Delegate (2 days): €150
Delegate (1 day): €80
Students (2 days): €50
Students (1 day): €30
* Included in the conference fee are: conference materials, coffee & tea break, lunch and the closing reception. Attendees will be responsible for their own funding.
Conference Committee
 CINETS – Crimmigration Control International Net of Studies
 Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, Leiden Law School, the Netherlands
 PhD Doctorate Program Law, Justice and Citizenship in the XXI Century, University of Coimbra
 Faculty of Law and Criminology, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
Contact & Further information
 For further information on CINETS:

 For information and questions on the conference:

Join us for another two exciting days of formal and informal discussions about one of the most intriguing and challenging issues in today’s world!


Call for Papers: Gendered Fortress Europe

Call for papers: Gendered Fortress Europe

The term ‘Fortress Europe’ is a metaphor for European (Union) integration that combined high internal mobility with (nearly) impermeable outside borders. In the 90s, feminist scholars such as Lutz (1997) and Kofman and Sales (1992) documented the exclusionary dimensions of Fortress Europe, in particular paying attention to the position of ethnic minority women. In their respective articles ‘The Limits of European-Ness: immigrant women in Fortress Europe’  and ‘Towards Fortress Europe’ , they called attention to the ways in which European configurations play out for (migrant) women in relation to regulations, legal status, the labour market, access to welfare, cultural practices, and representation.

Increasingly, European Union Member States coordinate their migration policies so as to make access into the EU difficult for non-EU migrants and asylum seekers, for example through the Dublin regulation, which obliges asylum seekers to claim asylum in the first EU country they enter.
Simultaneously the construction of Fortress Europe has led to differential treatment of non-EU and non-EEA third country nationals within the European (Union) territory. Since the publication of the articles of Lutz and Kofman and Sales in the 90s, the European Union has significantly changed and its borders have shifted to include the new accession countries. Recently, Europe has faced both a legitimacy and a financial crisis, which challenged Europe’s self-confidence.

Fortress Europe and its borders need to be interrogated through gender perspectives; for example, targeted recruitment schemes for feminised professions, such as nursing or au-pairing, might make its walls more permeable for some than for others. This special issue therefore invites authors to revisit the gendered implications of Fortress Europe and the twin effects of inclusion and exclusion, privileging and ‘othering’ and unification and differentiation. The Dutch Journal for Gender Studies (Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies) is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. We welcome conceptual as well as empirically based articles (qualitative and quantitative), from any range of disciplines.
Contributions may include but are not limited to feminist, queer, gender and intersectional reflections on the following sub-themes in relation to Fortress Europe:

*       processes of surveillance and border control; for example, how do
certain people become to be perceived as deviant, criminal, or in need of rescue by border authorities? How do new technologies grant or withhold access to Europe and how are such control mechanisms gendered?
*       civic integration programmes and citizenship requirements; e.g. in which
ways does integration become equated with ‘women’s emancipation’? What do the ideologies of integration and citizenship presuppose with regards to “Europeanness” and what can feminist analyses add to its critique? What questions do local practices of integration and civic engagement raise in terms of resisting the boundaries of Fortress Europe?
*       historical and contemporary representations of Europe, ‘Europeanness’
and its Others; e.g. what parallels can be detected between (gendered) colonial and post-colonial configurations of Europe? If/how have feminist, queer and antiracist discourses become co-opted by antifeminist, homophobic and/or nationalist tendencies in the quest for defining “Europeanness”? If/how are historical/cultural/political narratives of Europe gendered?
*       regulations, policies, legal status, racism, sexism, discrimination; for
instance, how do seemingly neutral EU policies affect migrant women and men differently? How does racism and sexism intersect in the context of Fortress Europe?
*       feminisation of migration, family reunification, domestic labour; for
example, how do citizenship requirements affect those entering as spouses, are female and male spouses differently affected and what about (the recognition of) other partnership arrangements?
*       new accession countries, accession requirements, internal European
migration; what are the gendered effects of the hierarchies inside Europe?
How do different national or regional queer and feminist struggles challenge Fortress Europe?
*       the critical potential of the metaphor of the Fortress and other
figurations of Europe; e.g. can the metaphor of Fortress Europe be queered? Are there other metaphors circulating or imaginable that would more effectively describe its gendered borders? Which cultural or narrative traditions from within or beyond Europe offer new ways of imagining Europe from a feminist perspective?

Editors special issue Gendered Fortress Europe: Sara de Jong, Fleur van Leeuwen, Sanne Koevoets

Submission of abstracts (+/- 450 words) to
redactie[at]tijdschriftgenderstudies.eu: Deadline 15 November 2013

First version articles (max. 6000 words incl. references and bibliography)Deadline 15 January 2014
Final version of articles:      Deadline 1 April 2014
Publication Special Issue Gendered Fortress Europe, June 2014

The Dutch Journal for Gender Studies (Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies) is primarily a platform for authors who conduct research on or are located in the Netherlands and Flanders but also invites contributions from and about other areas. Articles may be written in Dutch or English.


Call for Papers: Migration Policy Conference: December 9th and 10th 2013 Netherlands

Call for Papers:

Migration Policy Conference: December 9th and 10th 2013 Netherlands

Migration Policy Conference
On December 9th and 10th 2013, the Migration Policy Department of the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice plans to organize a two-day seminar in The Hague with policy makers and academia to discuss and share research results and policy challenges relating to the Stockholm migration chapters. The purpose is to build bridges between academia and policy makers to provide useful input for the Stockholm follow-up programme.


For question please contact Mr. Joel Schoneveld, project manager, Migration Policy Department at tel.: +31 6 10 33 98 77, or J.A.Schoneveld@minvenj.nl or migrationconference@minvenj.nl


Illegality, youth and belonging, registration open for Harvard symposium

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The registration is now open for the international symposium on ‘Illegality, youth, and belonging‘ hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education on 25-26 October.  The list of keynote speakers include Leo C. Chavez, Robert C. Smith, Leisy Abrego, Sarah Willen, Katharine M. Donato, Veronica Terriquez, Joanna Dreby. The symposium is the second in an event series on ‘Legal status, rights and belonging‘, jointly convened by Prof Roberto G. Gonzales (Harvard Graduate School of Education)  and Dr Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham).Registration fees are $50/$65. Places are limited, registration closes on 18th October.

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