Daily Archives: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Immigration governance is not rocket science

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As I wrote in my comment piece on The Conversation, smuggling is not the cause of migration. It is ‘a reaction to borders control’, to use Hein de Haas‘ words, the symptom of an unfulfilled demand for migration that can’t find other legal routes, which would be safer and possibly also cheaper. This reminds me of the advert on citizenship planning for wealth ‘citizens of the world’ I saw on a transatlantic flight last August.

For someone seeking asylum and international protection, crossing a border without authorisation is often the only way for them to be able to claim asylum legally. Of course, not every migrant is a refugee.

The point is that immigration governance is not rocket science and it is not a zero-sum equation. There is no one-off solution that a single country or even the EU can take that would stop the arrival of boat…

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CMRB Event: Hard and Soft Borders: The Politics of European Border Enforcement, Matt Carr

CMRB_2The Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London  is delighted to announce as part of its Borders and Bordering seminar series – Hard and Soft Borders:

The Politics of European Border Enforcement by Matt Carr.

This seminar will take place between 4-6pm on Monday 4th November 2013 in EB.G.18, Docklands Campus, University of East London, E16 2RD, nearest tube: Cyprus DLR (http://www.uel.ac.uk/campuses/docklands/).

For more details please download the attached flyer – Matt Carr Seminar (PDF Format).


The event is free but spaces are limited so please reserve a place by following the below link http://hardandsoftborders.eventbrite.co.uk/


Conferences: Labour Migration in Hard Times

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

This is to let you know about an upcoming Institute Employment Rights conference entitled ‘Labour Migration in Hard Times’. It will take place in the Unite Building, 128 Theobald’s Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8TN on Wednesday 20 November, from 9:30am-3:30pm.

The aim of the conference is to consider the links between labour market regulation and migration in Britain today. All going well, the event will also see the launch of a collection I have edited on the same theme.

The list of speakers and topics is as follows:

Bernard Ryan, University of Leicester: Migration and the reform of labour law Don Flynn, Migrant Rights Network: The politics of migration in hard times Miguel Martinez Lucio and Stefanio Marino, Manchester Business School: Trade unions and migrant workers Sonia McKay, London Metropolitan University: Women migrants in hard times Tonia Novitz and Linda Hayes, University of Bristol: Posted workers Alan Bogg, University of Oxford: The doctrine of illegality Nick Clark, London Metropolitan University: Enforcement at the workplace

Fuller details are here: http://www.ier.org.uk/events/labour-migration-hard-times.

Please note that there is a reduced conference fee of £50 available to those who register as a result of this message (please quote ‘MigrationLaw’).


Call for Papers: IASFM 15th Conference: Forced Migration and Peace 30 Years of the Cartagena Declaration on Asylum Seekers Cartagena, Colombia, 14 – 17 July 2014

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

IASFM 15th Conference

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF FORCED MIGRATION 15th CONFERENCE FORCED MIGRATION AND PEACE 30 Years of the Cartagena Declaration on Asylum Seekers Cartagena, Colombia, 14 – 17 July 2014



The fifteenth IASFM Conference will take place in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), from the 14 to the 17 of July 2014, at the Centro de Formación de la Agencia de Cooperación Española AECID. This event will constitute a space for reflection around the arguable relationship between forced migration and peace. Thus, the context under which the venue was chosen to host the conference is not coincidental.

Colombia is the scenario in which two fundamental events have met; one from the past and the other belonging to future. The year 2014 commemorates the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Cartagena Declaration on Asylum Seekers, a regional initiative to confront the grave consequences of armed conflicts taking place in Mesoamérica, with the consequent spread of massive fluxes of refugees and internally displaced people all over the region. The Declaration was the final outcome of a common effort carried out by Governments, International Organizations and civil society whose main outcome was the crystallization of regional customary law on the widening of the limits of International Refugee Law. Likewise, it contributed to the progressive recognition of internally displaced as subjects of special protection. Finally, it was the starting point for the undertaking of several projects on humanitarian assistance and durable solutions, seen as central elements to peacebuilding.

Currently, the Colombian Government and the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) are engaged in a peace negotiation process intended to end a 60-year-long armed conflict. Although one of the greatest tragedies of such phenomenon was the exodus of millions of people, it is a fact that a peace agreement between the Government and guerrillas will not mean the end of people’s displacement.

The intersection of these two events constitutes a unique moment for the assumption of several challenges associated with forced migration, and gives IASFM the opportunity to develop a deeper reflection on the complex relations between forced migration and peace, from a global perspective.


With the purpose of assuming the rather complex and ample relations between forced migration and pace, the Conference will handle five dimensions:

1.- Peacebuilding and forced exodus: This dimension will address the need to include in the agenda of peaceful conflict resolution processes the management of internal displacement and refuge, as well as reparations to their victims. It will also examine the role of international actors in peacebuilding processes in relation to the management of forced migration through cooperation mechanisms similar to those that led to the Declaration of Cartagena. The participation of refugees and IDPs in peacebuilding processes, as well as in the design and implementation of public policy that can guarantee the right to return and ensure the sustainability of the process on the long term, will also take place during the conference.

2.- Justice and forced migration: This approach will evaluate the possibilities that national judicial systems and international courts have to guarantee the rights to truth, justice and reparation of those who have been forced to migrate. It will create a special space to reflect upon the challenges faced in this task of transitional justice; as well as for the search of new forms of reparation for IDPs and refugees through judicial decisions.

3.- Forced migration in the context of peace: Forced exodus is not only a product of armed conflict. In times of peace, different situations and actors generate processes of population expulsion which have not received the full attention from national and international authorities. Environmental migration and migratory movements caused by development projects are the first cases to come into mind, however, it should also include those related to the activities of gangs and criminals.

4.- Regional responses to the forced exodus. In the past there have been cases in which regional initiatives have successfully addressed problems that result from the dynamics of forced exodus in specific contexts, such as the case of the 1984 Cartagena Declaration, but also of the OAU Convention Governing Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa 1969 and the recent African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa 2009. Such efforts should not be overlooked. It is crucial to work on building dialogue between local and international actors to contribute in the formulation of proposals addressing refugee and displacement situations with a regional focus.

5. Durable solutions. The end of the armed conflict does not mean the end of the forced exodus, nor the return of victims to the places from which they were uprooted. It is necessary to look for alternatives to overcome the condition of vulnerability posed by forced exodus, alternatives that enable the restoration of the enjoyment of their rights, reinstitute their goods and lands they had been deprived of, and to establish the conditions necessary for them to regain their status as full citizens. The transition from humanitarian aid to development policies is essential.

Structure of Conference

The proposed conference seeks to create a space in which academic rigor engages with the compromises inherent in policy, as well as the challenges of practical work in the field. As such, while presentations of academic research will continue to provide the intellectual backbone of the conference, these will go hand in hand with round tables engaging policy makers and governmental stakeholders, as well as presentations and discussions around practical approaches to dealing with forced migration from a range of practitioners.  Furthermore, the conference will draw on non-academic analyses, interpretations and representations of forced migration (e.g., portrayals of displacement using art & crafts, performances, fictional literature, etc.) in order to diversify the entry points into discussion of the major themes identified.

The conference will also become a forum for the development of a long overdue conversation. This is the dialogue that must take place between the actors of the global South. For this purpose, meeting places for academics, activists and policy makers in Latin America, Africa and Asia, will be established, in order to promote networking and the development of research agendas and joint work. The foregoing is without prejudice to the dialogue between the North and the Global South which will also be held throughout the event.

The conference will be held between the 14th and 17th of July. An expected 300 participants will go to four plenary sessions and participate in conference panels which will discuss papers that revolve around any of the five previously mentioned themes dealing with the relationship between forced migration and peace.

Submission of proposals for panels

We invite scholars, students, practitioners, policy makers, people working with forced migrants, displaced persons and refugees to propose panelsmade ​​up of three or four papers on topics related to the five themes of the conference. Likewise, we invite the submission of proposals for panel discussions of ongoing research projects that have reached at least preliminary conclusions.

Please submit your abstracts online at this site: http://tinyurl.com/mobud4g. Proposals for panel and roundtable discussions of projects should include the following elements:

• Identification of the type of proposal: panel or roundtable • Title of presentation • Description of the topic and connection to one of the themes identified.  If you are submitting on behalf of a panel, the titles and abstracts of your co-presenters must also be included in this section. Maximum 250 words per abstract summary.

• Panellists

• Thematic track of the conference that the panel belongs to.

Proposals may be submitted in English or Spanish. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2013. The papers presented during the conference are expected to be at least final drafts of texts to publish or broadcast. The panellists that are approved must send these texts to the conference organizers no later than June 15, 2014.

The best papers, taking into account their degree of creativity, innovation and contribution to the debate, will be considered for publication in scientific journals, regardless of the theme.

Financial support

Conference participants are responsible for their own expenses. Some financial assistance may be available to assist those who might be otherwise unable to attend the conference. Priority will be given to students, doctoral candidates, IDPs and refugees,  as well as participants from the Global South. Financial assistance will generally only be available to individuals presenting at the conference. Details of this assistance will be posted on the IASFM website in November 2013. Further details about the conference and the online submission form can be found on the IASFM conference website: http://www.iasfmconference.org. Requests for further information can be made to the following email address: be.sanchez20@uniandes.edu.co.


Calls for papers/panels/workshop applicants: ICES Sri Lanka; CEETUM Colloquium; University of Deusto Conference on Social Work; ASEN Conference on Nationalism and Belonging; ACMS Workshop

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.


International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka

Call for papers – please follow these links for further information: http://www.ices.lk/, http://www.ices.lk/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/ICES-TJ-Concept-11-Sep-2013.pdf.

From Violent Conflict to Peaceful Coexistence: A Dialogue on Justice, Memory and Social Reconstruction

27, 28 February, 1 March 2014


CEETUM Colloqium


The Centre d’études ethniques des universités montréalaises (CEETUM) will hold its 16th Colloquium for students and recent graduates on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the 19th, 20th and 21st of March 2014, at Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada).

The deadline to submit an individual or panel proposal is November 12th 2013.

For more information and to download the Submission form and guidelines, please visit our website at CEETUM: http://www.ceetum.umontreal.ca/. The call for papers can be viewed here: http://www.ceetum.umontreal.ca/documents/activites/16e-colloque/call-for-papers-2014.pdf.

Best regards,

Julie Larochelle-Audet

Coordonnatrice du 16e Colloque pour étudiants et jeunes diplômés Centre d’études ethniques des universités montréalaises (CEETUM) colloque-ceetum@umontreal.ca

514 343-6111 poste 3803



University of Deusto Conference on Social Work

CALL FOR PAPERS 2nd International Conference on Social Work: Women’s empowerment as a social intervention strategy.

On 11, 12 and 13 December 2013, the Department of Social Work and Sociology of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Deusto will be hosting the 2nd International Conference on Social Work.

The Conference will focus on Women’s empowerment as a social intervention strategy. On 11 December, two communication sessions will be held:

Session 1: Women’s empowerment from an individual and group intervention perspective Session 2: Women’s empowerment from a local development perspective

All papers accepted for presentation in both sessions will be published in an electronic edition with ISSN.

Deadlines for abstract and paper submissions:

– Abstract submission: 18 October 2013. Submit abstracts to congresotrabajosocial@deusto.es.

– Accepted papers will be announced on 24 October 2013

– Full paper submission: 30 November 2013. Submit papers to congresotrabajosocial@deusto.es.

The official languages of the Conference are Basque, Spanish and English.

Criteria for abstract submission:

Abstracts must be typed Arial size 12 and justified. They should not exceed 250 words. You should include a brief introduction to the topic, the main objectives, the methodology used and some of the results obtained or expected. A maximum of three “key words” must be included.

Criteria for paper submission:

Papers must be typed Arial size 12, line 1.5, and they should not exceed 6500 words (excluding appendices). of 1.5, and they should not exceed 6500 words (excluding appendices).





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ACMS Workshop

Call for Workshop Applicants:


African Centre for Migration and Society

To read the full call for workshop applicants, follow this link: http://www.migration.org.za/vacancy/2013/call-workshop-applicants-moving-bodies-corporeal-dimensions-migration-southern-africa.

Call for Papers: ASEN 24th Conference “Nationalism and Belonging”, 1-3 April 2014

The Association for Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 24th ASEN Annual Conference: Nationalism and Belonging. The conference will take place from the 1-3rd April, 2014 at the London School of Economics. The full call for papers can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/asen2014

Confirmed keynote speakers include: William Callahan, Sheila Croucher, Alain Dieckhoff, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Gregory Jusdanis, and Bo Strath

Proposals are invited for papers focusing on the following themes:


• How national belonging is ascribed and cultivated • The role of symbols and rituals in national belonging • The process by which individuals and groups construct their belonging to nations • How states use claims about national belonging to define their communities


• The examination of forms of diaspora and kin nationalism • How transnational communities maintain a sense of belonging across space and time • How migrant and diaspora communities construct new ways of belonging


• How national belonging is responding to alternative, non-national forms of attachment • The role of supra-national and sub-national forces in redefining belonging • The relationship between national belonging and cosmopolitanism/post-nationalism • How possible shifts in the centrality of national belonging in the contemporary world affect the study of nationalism.

Abstracts should be submitted online no later than November 30, 2013. To submit your abstract, please follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/asen2014CFP

Successful submissions will be announced in January 2014. The ASEN conference team looks forward to reading your abstract!

Please email asen.conference2014@lse.ac.uk if you have any queries.