Daily Archives: Saturday, October 5, 2013

Refugee Council Archive – Off Air Recording Requests: WB 5 October 2013

The following off-air recording requests have been made for the Refugee Council Archive for the week beginning 5 October, 2013:

Saturday 5 October

0530-0600: BBC News: Our World – Tel Aviv Comes OutSeries Recording.

Sunday 6 October

2100-2200: BBC2: The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors.  Series 1 Episode 1.  Whole Series Please.

Monday 7 October

2030-2100: BBC1: Panorama – Malala: Shot for Going to School.

2100-2200: BBC3: Stacey Dooley Investigates – Episode 2. Sex, Stags & Prague.

Wednesday 9 October

2100-2290: BBC2: This World – Dan Snow’s History of Congo.

Friday 4 October

1930-1955: Channel 4: Unreported World: Episode 1. Venezuela’s Kidnap CopsWhole Series Requested.


Refugee Council Archive – Off Air Recording Requests: WB 28 September 2013

The following off-air recording requests have been made for the Refugee Council Archive for the week beginning 28 September, 2013:

Saturday 28 September

0530-0600: BBC News: Our World – China’s Love Hunters.  Series Recording.

Sunday 29 September

2100-2200: BBC2: (5/5) The Story of the Jews – Part Five:  Return. Series Recording.

Monday 30 September

2030-2100: BBC1: Panorama – Terror in Nairobi.

2235-2320: BBC1: Panorama – Saving Syria’s Children.

Tuesday 1 October

2100-2230: BBC4: House of Surrogates.

Friday 4 October

1930-1955: Channel 4: Unreported World: Episode 1. Afghanistan’s Hunted Women.  Whole Series Requested.


ToC: Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 36, No. 9, 01 Sep 2013

Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 36, No. 9, 01 Sep 2013 is now available on Taylor & Francis Online.

Special Issue: Race critical public scholarship

This new issue contains the following articles:

Introduction: race critical public scholarship
Gargi Bhattacharyya & Karim Murji
Pages: 1359-1373
DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2013.791399

Original Articles
Emergent publics, critical ethnographic scholarship and race and ethnic relations
Michael Keith
Pages: 1374-1392
DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2013.783930

Women social justice scholars: risks and rewards of committing to anti-racism
Philomena Essed
Pages: 1393-1410
DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2013.791396

How can we live with ourselves? Universities and the attempt to reconcile learning and doing
Gargi Bhattacharyya
Pages: 1411-1428
DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2013.783925

To whom and to what is research on migration a contribution
Carlos Sandoval-García
Pages: 1429-1445
DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2013.800218

How can we meet ‘the demands of the day’? Producing an affective, reflexive, interpretive, public sociology of ‘race’
Max Farrar
Pages: 1446-1464
DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2013.783924

‘Race’, sexualities and the French public intellectual: an interview with Eric Fassin
Steve Garner & Eric Fassin
Pages: 1465-1484
DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2013.791397


Frontex FRAN Report for Q4 2012


This summary is a follow-up to our previous post, which discussed the Frontex FRAN third quarter report for 2012. In May of this year, Frontex released its report for the fourth quarter (October – December) of 2012. (Frontex has since released its Report for Q1 2013; we will post a summary of this recent Report shortly.) During the fourth quarter 2012 several FRAN indicators varied radically compared with other reporting periods. First, there were only 13 613 detections of illegal border-crossing at the EU level- the lowest ever recorded figure for any quarter since data collection began in 2008. And for the first time since 2010, there were more detections at the sea borders (59%) , primarily in the Central Mediterranean, than at the land borders.  In contrast to the reduction in overall detections of illegal border-crossing, both clandestine entries and asylum applications reached their highest levels by far…

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Frontex FRAN Report for Q3 2012


In January of this year, the Frontex Risk Analysis Unit (RAU) released its 2012 Third Quarter Report (July – September 2012). (Frontex has since released Reports for Q4 2012 and Q1 2013; we will post summaries of these more recent Reports shortly.)  As in past quarters, the 70-page report provided in-depth information about irregular migration patterns at the EU external borders. The report is based on data provided by 30 Member State border-control authorities, and presents results of statistical analysis of quarterly variations in eight irregular migration indicators and one asylum  indicator.

FRAN Q3 2012 CoverDuring 2012 Q3 several FRAN indicators varied dramatically compared with previous reports, including a significant reduction in detections of illegal border-crossing compared with previous third quarters. In fact, there were fewer detections of illegal border-crossing than in any third quarter since data collection began in early 2008. Additionally, this quarter reported the largest number of applications for asylum…

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Borderline Justice – book review

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[This review was published in the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, 27 (2): 188-189]

Borderline justice: The fight for refugee and migrant rights by Frances Webber, Pluto Press, 2012

 Webber’s book offers a captivating and insightful reading. It can be read as a history of how the governance of immigration and asylum developed over the last thirty years from the perspective of someone who has followed its twists and turns very closely as a legal practitioner, as a micro history of how a handful of committed radical lawyers succeeded in creating a network of legal advice centres that over the years became ‘an infrastructure of legal expertise for grassroots organisations fighting for civil rights, justice and equality’ (7), and as a memoir of the daily struggle of a social justice campaigner and lawyer that has seen the legal terrain on which her work is grounded shaking and…

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Getting on in the UK: migrants, ethnic minorities, networks, social mobility and integration

Getting on in the UK: migrants, ethnic minorities, networks, social mobility and integration

London, Nuffield Foundation, 28 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3JS.
11-1pm 4th November 2013

Council Chamber, School of Social Sciences and Law, Cardiff University
Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WT.
1.30-3.30pm 6th November 2013

Birmingham, Room 417, Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham,
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT
11-1pm 8th November 2013

You are invited to join us to discuss our recent research findings on:

*   What types of social network do ethnic minorities and refugees possess?
*   Do social networks facilitate social mobility?
*   What is the role of social networks and capital in integration and inclusion?

This event brings together researchers from two project teams: the Nuffield Foundation funded Refugee Integration, Social Networks and Social Capital project (Birmingham and Cardiff) and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Poverty, Ethnicity and Social Networks research (Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham) to co-present findings focusing on social network, social media and social capital in minority ethnic and refugee communities.

The role of social networks and social capital in both new migrant and established minority ethnic community integration and social mobility has been the focus of much debate.  Whilst some commentators claim that within- group contacts may prevent integration and potentially lead to self-segregation and even extremism, others argue such capital provides a foundation for the development of broader social relationships.  Questions around the nature, role and impact of different types of capital continue to capture the attention of politicians and practitioners.  Our latest research findings in relation to these questions will bring you up to date with the current policy debates.

This event aims specifically at policy makers, service provides, voluntary sector professionals, and equality advocates. They will be participatory in nature and allow time for discussion and action planning/reflection.

This is a FREE event funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) [Grant Ref: 066] and is part of the Festival of Social Science programme. Places are limited and registration is essential. Please book your ticket according to which event you plan to attend:

For London at http://esrcfestivallondon.eventbrite.co.uk<http://eventbrite.co.uk/event/8588942759?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_eventv2&utm_term=eventurl_text>

For Cardiff at http://esrcfestivalcardiff.eventbrite.co.uk<http://eventbrite.co.uk/event/8606681817?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_eventv2&utm_term=eventurl_text>

For Birmingham at http://esrcfestivalbirmingham.eventbrite.co.uk<http://eventbrite.co.uk/event/8606836279?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_eventv2&utm_term=eventurl_text>

For further information please contact Ann Bolstridge, IRiS Manager, a.bolstridge@bham.ac.uk


Activism in Sociology Event 9 November 2013

Please find below details of the first Activism in Sociology Forum meeting. The Activism in Sociology Forum is part of the British Sociological Association but was set up in order to bring together academics, both within sociology and other disciplines, as well as activists, community groups and others interested in/working on social justice projects. Our aim is to aid people to connect with one another and provide a means of collective action. Moreover we are deeply concerned about the spread of neoliberal thought and the implementation of government policies that increase inequality and disadvantage among the poorest and most vulnerable in society. It is our aim, therefore, to bring together a diverse range of voices to mobilize against this.

Our first event is on Saturday 9 November 2013, Senate House Library, London. We are currently inviting submissions for participation as well as encouraging as many as possible to attend the event and add their ideas and passion to the discussions.

The full call for participation can be read here http://www.britsoc.co.uk/media/57538/ASF_Flyer_091113.pdf

We hope to make this event a busy and lively day of conversation, planning and action. Even if you don’t want to present a formal paper we encourage you to come along and put forward any ideas, problems, theories, etc. The day is free and lunch will be provided. Booking is open on the BSA Events page http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/KeyEvents.aspx

Please let us know if you have access requirements of any form so that we can accommodate you.


Lampedusa: Italy pays lip service but ignores real cause of refugee tragedy

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Extract from the article I wrote for The Conversation, 4 October 2013.

Apart from superficial, if not cynical, displays of bewilderment and Christian solidarity by Italian government officials – an obligation for a coalition led by a Christian Democrat particularly at a time when the Church has taken a stronger position in favour of migrants – it doesn’t seem to be a genuine intention to address the causes of the latest tragedy. The call for a more substantial involvement of the EU risks becoming  justification for a further militarisation of the Mediterranean Sea in order to keep aspiring migrants away from EU shores, dead or alive.

Following the publication of the article I have been interviewed by: BBC Radio Scotland, Lithuania National Radio, Bulgaria National Radio, Greek newspaper ‘To Vima’, Turkish News Agency ‘Anadolu’. The article has been translated in Italian by Corriere Immigrazione and in Turkish by Translate…

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Lampedusa – 300 or more dead in latest accident, what can be done to stop migrant deaths at sea?


Italian authorities have so far recovered about 120 bodies from yesterday’s accident a very very short distance from the shores of Lampedusa. Authorities believe there may be more than 150 bodies of children, women, and men still to be recovered.

What can be done to prevent such deaths? It is certainly possible that nothing could have prevented yesterday’s disaster.  This was not a case of a disabled boat left to drift at sea while ships and aircraft failed to assist.  This was not a case involving a failure to act promptly to rescue persons in distress.  This was not a case of a diplomatic dispute between countries over which country had the responsibility to rescue and where rescued persons were to be disembarked after rescue.  It may turn out to be the case that someone observed the overloaded migrant boat as it sailed from Libya towards Lampedusa.  If the migrant…

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Frontex Periodic Update on the Central Mediterranean


As it does periodically, Frontex yesterday released a short update regarding the “Central Mediterranean Route.” The timing of its release presumably had nothing to do with the October 3rd disaster at Lampedusa.  The update makes no reference to deaths or injuries and focuses on illegal border crossing statistics.  (The collection and release of data by Frontex in regard to deaths and injuries would facilitate greater transparency in regard to its border control activities.)

From the update: “Between January and September 2013, more than 31 000 migrants had arrived in the EU using [the Central Mediterranean] route, mainly via Sicily and Lampedusa, but also, to a lesser extent, on the Coasts of Calabria, Puglia and Malta, which is also under increasing migratory pressure. The main nationalities include Eritreans, Somalis and other sub-Saharan Africans, as well as Syrian nationals. It is noteworthy that the migratory pressure over the summer months of…

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24,000 Migrants Reach Italy by Sea Over Past 12 Months


Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano reported that 24,277 migrants have landed in Italy from 1 August 2012 to 10 August 2013.  8,932 persons have landed in the past 40 days – 1st July until 10th August 2013.

Click here , here  (IT), and here (EN) for articles.

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On the diversity turn, publication announcement

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The special issue of Identities. Global Studies in Power and Culture on ‘Ethnography, diversity and urban space‘ that I  edited with Mette L. Berg and Ben Gidley (University of Oxford) is out. Below an edited and substantially abridged version of the introductory essay I wrote with Mette L. Berg. Full version available here

By Mette Louise Berg and Nando Sigona

The demise of multiculturalism as a public policy, and as a political discourse in several European countries, including Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, began over a decade ago in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in New York and the subsequent so-called war on terror. The multiculturalism backlash that ensued effectively left European immigration countries that are de facto multicultural – in terms of languages spoken, religions practiced, ethnicity, etc. – without an explicit policy for dealing with this fact. Meanwhile, in scholarly discourse, ‘multiculturalism’ as…

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Between DACA and the UK Home Office’s ‘Go Home’ campaign: Podcast

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While the UK government launches yet another high-profile public campaign against unauthorized immigrants, the US Congress discusses an immigration reform that, if passed, would give millions of undocumented migrants a pathway to citizenship and benefit especially young adults. Listen to my podcast (IdeasLab) about the limits of a ‘law and order’ approach to migration governance, particularly when migrant children and youth are concerned.

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