Daily Archives: Monday, October 7, 2013

Updated List of New Reports and Publications

Living in the Shadows: Displaced Lumads locked in a cycle of poverty.
Produced by IDMC.

The conflict between the government and the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, is one of the world’s longest-running, yet attracts little attention. Those displaced by the conflict are mainly indigenous people (called Lumads) who are living on the edge of subsistence while struggling to cope with recurrent displacement. IDMC’s latest report highlights the key challenges to developing appropriate responses for the Lumads, while offering concrete recommendations.

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A Life of Fear and Flight: The Legacy of LRA Brutality in North-East Democratic Republic of Congo.
Produced by IDMC.

A new report, jointly commissioned by IDMC and UNHCR, offers a revealing insight into the realities of life for those who live side-by-side with one of the most vicious and notorious armed groups in the world.

[Download the publication in English or French]
See also – Download the media guide in English or French.

UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Afghanistan
Produced by UNHCR
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From slow boil to breaking point: A real-time evaluation of UNHCR’s response tot he Syrian refugee emergency.
Produced by UNHCR.
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The myth of transit: Sub-Saharan migration in Morocco
Written by  Myriam Cherti and Peter Grant for the IPPR.

This report explores the current policy response to recent growth in irregular ‘transit’ migration in Morocco and the opportunities for a more sustainable approach to migration management in the country.

Morocco, like many of its neighbours in the Maghreb, has long been a country of emigration. However, what is new is Morocco’s transformation into a country of transit and a destination in its own right for irregular migrants from the sub-Saharan region.

The tightening of European border controls and the cost of migrating to other countries overland has meant that much of this transit migration has in practice taken on an extended, even semi-permanent character. Many of Morocco’s ‘transit’ migrants, even those who regard their journey as incomplete, find themselves in the country for years. Nevertheless, the notion of transit migration is pervasive in policy discussions and contributes to the absence of long-term, sustainable solutions to the challenge of managing Morocco’s irregular migrant population.

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UK Migration Statistics Quarterly Report

From the Migration Statistics User Forum [MIGRATION-STATS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK]

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today, Thursday 29th August 2013, published the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (MSQR). The report can be accessed from the following link:


The MSQR series brings together statistics on migration that are published by the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), ONS, and the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

ONS have also published today estimates of the UK population by country of birth and nationality. This release includes a statistical report, to be read alongside the associated reference tables. It can be accessed from the following link:


ONS have also published the Local Area Migration Indicators Suite. This is an interactive product bringing together different migration related data sources to allow users to compare indicators of migration at local authority level. It can be accessed from the following link:


We would welcome any comments on any of our products. Please contact migstatsunit@ons.gov.uk with any comments.


Publication of UK Home Office Immigration Statistics

User Guide to Home Office Immigration Statistics.
Produced by the UK Home Office and last updated: 29 August 2013
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Further information circulated by the Home Office’s Immigration Statistics release via: MigrationStatsEnquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Home Office’s Immigration Statistics April – June 2013 release, published today, provides the latest figures on those subject to immigration control. It is available for download at:


A ‘short statistical article’ is also published alongside this release that provides detailed additional information on extensions of stay by previous immigration category. This is available for download at:


The aim of such short statistical articles is to provide ad-hoc additional analysis to assist users of migration data in understanding our figures but is not integral to the quarterly release.

The Migration Statistics Quarterly Report has also been published by the ONS at:


as well as the DWP statistical bulletin on National Insurance Number Allocations to Adult Overseas nationals:


Migration Statistics – Home Office Statistics.

Several UK Government Publications of Note

Factsheet: The UK’s humanitarian aid response to the Syria crisis
By the UK Department for International Development[Download Full Report]

DFID management response to the ICAI recommendations on DFID’s health programmes in Burma, August 2013
By the UK Department for International Development
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Dealing with illegal and unauthorised encampments: a summary of available powers
By the UK Department for Communities and Local Government
Ref: ISBN 9781409839903 PDF, 96.3KB, 13 pages

This is the latest edition of the summary of powers on illegal and unauthorised occupation of land. It now includes the removal of restrictions, from planning law, on Temporary Stop Notices for unauthorised caravan encampments which are a main residence.

The “Occupy” encampment at St Paul’s Cathedral brought into focus the question of balance between the right to peaceful protest and the disruptive impact of the illegal occupation of land. The formation of unauthorised campsites can cause problems for the general public and private landowners.

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Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation; consultation document
By the UK Home Office.
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Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation: overview of the proposals
By the UK Home Office.
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Home Office immigration consultation: written ministerial statement
By the UK Home Office.
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New Publications on the United Kingdom

New MuslimsThe New Muslims. (Runnymede Perspectives).
A new report by The Runnymede Trust and written by Claire Alexander, Victoria Redclift and Ajmal Hussain.

‘The New Muslims’ report finds that dominant perception of Muslims are damaging as they do not take into account the vast complexities and differences in British Muslim identities. This report examines the wide range of Muslim identities in the UK through looking at a number of factors, including changing demographics, Muslims in the army, Muslims in the media, the unique histories of different Muslim groups in the UK, and youth culture. It makes recommendations based on the failure of policy to reflect the lived experiences of British Muslims.

This report is published weeks after the Home Office has been accused of using racial profiling in Stop and Search and the ‘Go Home’ campaign, and during a time when the Government will be revisiting its approach to integration and security after the murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013

Brook House Immigration Removal Centre (PDF 0.67mb)
Report on an unannounced inspection of Brook House Immigration Removal Centre 28 May – 7 June 2013 by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Report on an announced inspection of Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre (4-8 March 2013) by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
Report by by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Immigration from the United Kingdom to Israel

By Laura Staetsky, Marina Sheps and Jonathan Boyd
A new report by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.
“On average, over the past twenty years, fewer than two British Jews in every 1,000 have made aliyah each year. Intuitively, that feels very low, but contrasted with aliyah rates from other English-speaking countries, this figure is actually quite high. Aliyah from Britain may not be the most significant immigration for the State of Israel, but it is part of a bigger story shaping the future of the Jewish world, and needs to be carefully monitored and understood.”

To read the report in full, click here.
To read the media coverage, click here.

‘A tale of two Jewish populations’: JPR releases third report showing demographic change since 2001

Today sees the publication of JPR’s third report drawing on the 2011 National Census data.  Our first report, published in December 2012, looked at the UK Jewish population at Local Authority (LA) level, and noted that whilst the size of the Jewish population of England and Wales has remained largely static since 2001, there are significant changes taking place at the local level.  Our second report, published in February 2013, also focused on geography, examined the changes that have taken place at the neighbourhood level.

To read the new report in full, please click here.


Inaugural seminar: 4th International Refugee Law series


I am pleased to invite you to the inaugural Seminar of the RLI ‘4th International Refugee Law’ Seminar Series on 16th October 2013 at 5.30pm.

The Right to Seek and Obtain Asylum under the African Human Rights System

In this seminar, Dr Chaloka Beyani will be presenting and discussing the results of his research into the right to seek and obtain asylum under the African human rights instruments. Dr. Beyani’s Seminar will be followed by a reception.

The use of international human rights machinery to protect refugees has acquired an important dimension in recent years. This is true of both the United Nations treaty body system and the African, European and Inter-American regional systems of human rights. The result is a dynamic international invigoration of traditional refugee law that, in contradistinction, tends to be applied at the level of national courts and tribunals. Yet the precise role of human rights in the protection of refugees is sometimes viewed with suspicion and uncertainty. This seminar provides a valuable insight into the use of human rights in the protection of refugees through the prism of the African Human Rights System.

Registration is free but participants must reserve a place – click here.

Speaker: Dr. Chaloka Beyani<>, London School of Economics; UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons.

Chair: Professor Hélène Lambert, University of Westminster


Event: Gender, Ethnicity & Mental Health, London


Gender, Ethnicity & Mental Health
13th December 2013 | London

This one day conference will critically examine and debate the role of Gender and Ethnicity and its impact on Mental Health, so we can become more inclusive of these factors in practice and service delivery.

This one day conference will bring together clinicians who have experience in providing social care interventions across fields. Learning points and good practice will be shared. The challenges experienced and possible limitations will also discussed via anonymised case vignettes.

Programme of the day

9.00 – 9.20
Registration, Tea and Coffee

9.20 – 9.40
Professor Ravinder Barn
(Morning Chair & Introduction)
Gender, Ethnicity and Mental Health: Setting the Scene

9.40 – 10.30
Professor Laura Serrant-Green
Mental Health, Racialised and Gendered Identities: “Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired”

10.30 – 11.20
Professor Paula Nicolson
Gender, Ethnicity and Leadership at Work: Revisiting the Tavistock Model

11.20 – 11.40
Tea & Coffee

11.40 – 12.30
Professor Shula Ramon
Empowering Women and Providers: Domestic Violence and Mental Health

12.30 – 12.50
Morning Q & A

12.50 – 1.50
Lunch & Networking

1.50 – 2.40
Dr Jennie Williams
(Afternoon Chair)
Setting the Gender Agenda for Mental Health Services

2.40 – 3.00
Tea & Coffee

3.00 – 3.50
Professor Kathryn Abel
Why Should We Treat Women in Psychiatric Care Differently?

3.50 – 4.10
Afternoon Q&A

4.10 – 4.30
Plenary, Closure & Evaluation sheets

Who Should attend?

This conference will be relevant to all interested in this field as well as all professionals, including those from Local Authorities and NHS trusts across the UK, Psychiatrists, GPs, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Early Intervention Teams, CPN’s, OT’s, Social Workers, Chaplains, Community Faith Leaders & Healers, Equality Leads, Community Development Workers, Service User Representatives, Charities, Third Sector, Educational Establishments, Academics and Policy makers.       Where?

Osmani Trust
Osmani Centre
58 Underwood Road
London E1 5A

Further Details:

Ahmed Qureshi (conference co-ordinator) tel. 07540 356 526
email us on: info@bmehealth.org or visit us on www.bmehealth.org

ECRE: Advanced ELENA Course on Refugee Protection and the Dublin System

Advanced ELENA Course on Refugee Protection and the Dublin System

Registration is now open for the Advanced Elena Course on Refugee Protection and the Dublin System: Can They Ever Be Compatible? The event will take place on 6 – 8 December 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. Please register by Monday 4 November 2013 to secure a place.

The course will examine the operation of the Dublin II Regulation and its recast. With a strong practical focus, there will be an analysis of the Dublin III Regulation and its compatibility with the EU Fundamental Rights system. Furthermore, experts and practitioners will discuss leading jurisprudence from national and European courts concerning the Dublin Regulation. The course will conclude with a number of case studies on various aspects of the Dublin Regulation.

Speakers and facilitators include the Honourable Justice Mr. Bernard McCloskey, future President of UK Upper Tribunal, Asylum and Immigration Chamber, Nuala Mole, Senior Lawyer at the AIRE Centre, Francesco Maiani from the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration’ and Maria Hennessy, Senior Legal Officer at ECRE.

For further information, please visit ECRE’s website or contact Daniel Toda Castán at dtoda@ecre.org.

The European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA) is a forum of legal practitioners who aim to promote the highest human rights standards for the treatment of refugees, asylum seekers and other persons in need of international protection in their daily individual counselling and advocacy work. The ELENA network extends across most European states and involves some lawyers and legal counsellors. The ELENA network has been running highly successful training courses on topics of international refugee law and the EU asylum acquis for over twenty years.


Chappatte on the latest disaster at Lampedusa