Daily Archives: Friday, October 11, 2013

Re-blog: Is Iraq Entitled to the ‘Jewish Archive? – The Jewish Press

From The Jewish Press:

Is Iraq Entitled to the ‘Jewish Archive?

General Maude’s entry into Baghdad, March 11, 1917. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Ben Cohen has a dream: in a JNS article – already re-published in the Arabic press – he wishes he could take his family to visit the National Archives Museum in Baghdad to see the ‘Jewish archive’along with Iraqi schoolchildren. However, he recognises that so deep is Iraq’s hatred for Jews that his dream will never be realized. My dream is more ambitious: that Iraqi schoolchildren should be allowed to see the archive in the Babylonian Heritage Center in Israel where most Iraqi Jews now live. A few years ago, in response to a Palestinian critic who made a disparaging remark about the fact that I don’t speak Arabic, I felt compelled to write an article explaining why that is the case. I said that under different circumstances, I could have been born in an Arab country and grown up speaking Arabic. My father’s family had been settled in Iraq for generations, but they fled to England in 1941, the same year that Baghdad’s Jews were convulsed by a June pogrom known as the farhud, presaging a much larger exodus of Iraqi Jews over the next decade.

Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/guest-blog/is-iraq-entitled-to-the-jewish-archive/2013/09/24/

Re-blog: The Battle of the Archives: What Egypt’s Intellectuals and Muslim Brotherhood Lost : The New Yorker

From The New Yorker:

The Battle of the Archives: What Egypt’s Intellectuals and Muslim Brotherhood Lost

It was mostly coincidence that drew Khaled Fahmy into the fight over the Ministry of Culture. It was early June, less than a month before a mass protest movement, and then a military coup, would force the Muslim Brotherhood and its President, Mohamed Morsi, out of power in Egypt. Over the previous week, the Brotherhood had undertaken what would be its final project of “Brotherhoodization”—the process of stacking major government posts with friendly or Brotherhood-aligned officials. This time, the target had been the Ministry of Culture and several of its constituent bodies: the opera, the ballet, the national archives and library. Ahmed Megahed, the director of Egypt’s government publishing agency, found out that he’d lost his job when he read a form letter that had been left on his desk on a Sunday. Iman Ezzeldin, who runs the National Library, learned the news when she received a phone call at her home, at 11 P.M., from a secretarial assistant. “I’m sorry to tell you this,” the nervous voice on the other line said, “but you are no longer the director of the library.” The next day, there was a wax seal on the door to her office.

“I started getting all of these phone calls,” Fahmy said the other day from his home in New York, where he is teaching a course at New York University. Fahmy is a professor of history at the American University in Cairo, and in June he was conducting research at the National Archives on the historical use of Islamic law. By chance, the man that the Brotherhood chose to take over the administration of the archives and library was also named Khaled Fahmy. “Some of them were calling to congratulate me, some of them were confused and calling to ask did I really accept this job?” he recalled. “But those who understood what was going on started to phone me in alarm: ‘We have to do something about this. They appointed a Brotherhood person who will try to destroy the cultural heritage of Egypt.’”

Full article at:-   www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/09/the-battle-of-the-archives-in-egypt.html


UK Borders Scheme and Immigration Statistics

exporting the border‘Exporting the Border?’ – An Inspection of e-borders
Published by John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.
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Home Office response to John Vine report – inspection of e-Borders
by the UK Home Office.

Response from the Home Office to the report on the inspection of e-Borders by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.

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The Border Force: securing the border
By the National Audit Office.

Since the UK Border Force was separated from the UK Border Agency, it has met some important objectives such as reducing queuing times both during and after the 2012 London Olympics. To provide value for money, however, it needs to perform effectively and in a sustained way across the full range of its activities.

The Border Force separated from the UK Border Agency because the Home Office was not confident the Border Force was capable of responding to instructions. To address this, the Border Force has standardized how its officers check passengers, and almost 100 per cent of passengers at the border now receive full passport checks.
Further Information:- www.nao.org.uk/report/border-force-securing-uk-border/

An Inspection of Applications to Enter and Remain in the UK under the Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneur Categories of the Points Based System.
Published by John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.
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Progress by Home Office Statistics following the 2011 Home Office immigration-related consultation:  (From MIGRATION-STATS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK):

You may have noticed that alongside Immigration Statistics: April – June 2013, published last Thursday, Home Office also published an update to the 2011 statistics consultation on Home Office immigration-related statistics.

The purpose of the 2011 consultation was for Home Office Statistics to seek responses from users on a range of proposals designed to make data more accessible to users and resulted in the current Immigration Statistics release.

A number of users also provided requests or comments that were considered, by Migration Statistics, to be out of the scope of the original consultation. This latest document specifically provides an update to the outcome of these requests and comments.

This update can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-changes-to-immigration-related-home-office-statistical-outputs

Public Administration Select Committee: Migration Statistics
vol 1
UK Government Public Administration Select Commitee
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Public Administration Select Committee: Migration Statistics
vol 2
UK Government Public Administration Select Commitee
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Monthly asylum application tables
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Children entering detention under Immigration Act powers: June 2013
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New: World Migration Report 2013: migrant well-being and development

World Migration Report 2013: migrant well-being and development

From the Migrant’s Rights Network – IOM World Migration Report 2013:

The World Migration Report 2013: Migrant Well-being and Development – the seventh report in IOM’s World Migration Report (WMR) series – focuses on the migrant, exploring the positive and negative effects of migration on individual well-being.

Many reports linking migration and development concentrate on the broad socioeconomic 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 World Migration Report 2013 is published amidst a growing debate on how the benefits of migration can best be harnessed for development. Despite progress following the first UN General Assembly High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) in 2006, migration remains inadequately integrated into development frameworks at national and local levels, and public perceptions of migrants and migration are often very negative.

This report looks at “how migration affects a person’s quality of life and his or her human development across a broad range of dimensions … [which] shed new light on how migrants rate their lives, and on how they feel with regard to income, employment, health, security and other dimensions relevant to their well-being … The report concludes with a set of recommendations for future initiatives to monitor migrant well-being and the impact of migration on development, with reference to the inclusion of migration in the post-2015 global development framework.” [p21]

The full report, World migration report 2013, is available at:

http://publications.iom.int/bookstore/free/WMR2013_EN.pdf [NB 10.86 Mb].

See also – World Migration Review report on well-being: Why it ought to have a central place on the policy agenda.


MRN Meeting: MEETING: Beds in sheds and Rogue Landlords

MEETING: Beds in sheds and Rogue Landlords

Date: 16 October 2013, 10:30 – 12:00 (lunch to follow)

Venue: Barrow Cadbury Trust, 6 Kean Street, London, WC2B 4AS (map)

I would like to invite you to a discussion on the new MRN Briefing on Beds in Sheds and Rogue Landlords. This will be led by John Perry, Advisor to MRN on Housing and Migration, followed by a panel discussion.

The paper discusses recent topical issues of ‘beds in sheds’, ‘rogue landlords’ and ‘undocumented immigrants’; considers evidence for connecting the issues; and outlines the action which the government and local councils are taking.

The event will also include advice for community organisations involved in tackling poor housing conditions for migrants who need to know about the remedies available.

Places are limited, so if you are attending please RSVP to Momtaz Rahman at m.rahman@migrantsrights.org.uk

New: State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013

State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013

Link:-  www.minorityrights.org/12071/state-of-the-worlds-minorities/state-of-the-worlds-minorities-and-indigenous-peoples-2013.html

Dalit health worker Nepal

Download the full text, or download individual chapters by theme or region in the right-hand column.

Read the global press release and the Africa press release.

You can also read the global press release in Hungarian or Spanish.

View a video report, an interview with MRG’s Director of Policy and Communications and an interview with the South Asia author.

Read revealing case studies from the ground in the Minority Voices Newsroom.

About the publication

State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013 presents a global picture of the health inequalities experienced by minorities and indigenous communities. The report finds that minorities and indigenous peoples suffer more ill-health and receive poorer quality of care.

The report is launched to coincide with a United Nations General Assembly meeting to follow up on efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and says that ill-health and poor healthcare are often consequences of discrimination.

Read this year’s edition for:

  • Discussions on issues such as maternal and child health; HIV, AIDS and other diseases; traditional medicine; and access to health care
  • An examination of the legal standards in the area of the right to health for indigenous peoples.
  • Interviews and case studies from minorities and indigenous communities, including examples of grassroots organizations working to address health issues.
  • Overviews of the human rights situation of minorities and indigenous peoples in every major world region.
  • Peoples under Threat 2013 – MRG’s unique statistical analysis and ranking of countries.

An invaluable reference for policy makers, academics, journalists and everyone who is interested in the human rights situation of minorities and indigenous peoples around the world.

Find untold stories from minorities and indigenous peoples affected by natural resource extraction and land rights issues in the Minority Voices Newsroom.

Subscribe to MRG’s publications here.

Follow MRG on Facebook and Twitter.

New Publications: Journal on Migration and Human Security

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

The Journal on Migration and Human Security, a publication of the Center for Migration Studies in New York, is pleased to release an article by Shaina Aber and Mary Small entitled, “Citizen or Subordinate: Permutations of Belonging in the United States and the Dominican Republic.” We are sending this message to you at the request of the authors. More information is available in the message below and at http://jmhs.cmsny.org.

New JMHS Article: “Citizen or Subordinate: Permutations of Belonging in the United States and the Dominican Republic”

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A publication of the Center for Migration Studies
Donald Kerwin. Executive Editor
Breana George, Managing Editor

The Journal on Migration and Human Security, a publication of the Center for Migration Studies, announces the release of a new article: “Citizen or Subordinate: Permutations of Belonging in the United States and the Dominican Republic”, by Shaina Aber, Jesuit Conference of the United States and Mary Small, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

Birthright citizenship regimes are common in the Americas. However, birthright citizenship has been hotly contested in the United States and the Dominican Republic. In the Dominican Republic, the historical construction of national identity and anti-Haitian discourse has motivated a shift in law to deny citizenship to Dominican-born children of Haitian descent. In the United States, proposals to revoke birthright citizenship for the children of unauthorized immigrants stand little chance of success, but have nonetheless shifted the parameters of the immigration debate. The DREAMers in the United States and youth movements in the Dominican Republic seek to broaden concepts of societal belonging and membership, which may be the most effective way to safeguard birthright citizenship regimes.

Read more: http://jmhs.cmsny.org/index.php/jmhs/article/view/12

About the Journal

The Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS) is an online, peer-reviewed public policy publication of the Center for Migration Studies. JMHS addresses timely migration-related issues, scholarship and analysis that receive insufficient attention in US and international policy debates. JMHS draws upon the knowledge, expertise and perspectives of scholars, public officials, faith communities, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, corporate leaders and others. The journal’s theme of “human security” is meant to evoke the widely shared goals of creating secure and sustaining conditions in migrant sending communities; promoting safe, legal migration options; and developing immigration and integration policies that benefit sending and receiving communities and allow newcomers to lead productive, secure lives.

JMHS welcomes evidence-based papers that contain well-supported policy ideas. Information regarding submissions can be found at http://jmhs.cmsny.org/index.php/jmhs/about/submissions.

Thank you for your interest in the journal and look forward to your continued readership.


Ethnography, diversity and urban space – Special Issue of Identities.Global Studies in Culture and Power

Special issue of Identities: Global studies in culture and power on ‘Ethnography, Diversity and Urban Space’, co-edited by Mette Louise Berg (COMPAS and ISCA, University of Oxford), Ben Gidley (COMPAS, University of Oxford) and Nando Sigona (IRiS, University of Birmingham).

This special issue is a substantial contribution to the growing scholarly literature on ‘diversity’, containing an introductory essay by Berg and Sigona which places the ‘diversity turn’ within studies of migration and multiculture historically and discusses the implications of concepts such as ‘diversity’ and more recently ‘super-diversity’ for scholarship, policy and identity politics. The collection includes also seven ethnographic articles (Gidley, Schmoll and Semi, Rhys-Taylor, Wessendorf, Rogaly and Qureshi, Jensen, and Meier) and an epilogue (Fog-Olwig). The collection argues that diversity is a helpful concept for studies of migration and multiculture because it avoids the essentialism and bias towards ethnic affiliation often characterising studies within the multiculturalism framework, while being more grounded locally than studies within the transnationalism framework. It examines the methodological implications of increasing diversity and complexity on ethnographic studies and the definition of the ‘field’. It makes the point that increasing urban diversity poses a challenge to ethnographic ideals of ‘immersion’ and wholeness.

The journal: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gide20/current#.UjbAIsasiSo


New On-line Forum: Publicspirit

New on-line forum on faith and public policy aims to prompt ‘spirited debate’

Are Muslims effective participants in governance or are they victims of policies over which they have little say? This is just one of the debates, featuring contributions from academics, think-tanks, policy-makers and the voluntary and community sectors, taking place on an innovative new on-line faith and public policy forum hosted by the University of Bristol.

At a time when the relationship between religion and public policy is highly visible and hotly contested, as recent debates over the Archbishop of Canterbury’s challenge to payday lenders and over state funding for faith schools have shown, there is a need for accessible, relevant and recent research on and analysis of these issues.

Addressing this need, Public Spirit provides a space for researchers, policymakers, politicians and practitioners from the voluntary and community sectors to access the latest research, engage in current debates and share expertise on key issues of faith and public policy.

Hosted on the forum now are two themed debates: the first addresses the question: are Muslims effective participants in governance or are they victims of policies over which they have little say? The second theme asks: what are the implications of the Coalition government’s emphasis on Christianity for a multi-faith society? And, should faith groups be key participants in public service delivery?

In the coming months, Public Spirit will feature contributions from a wide range of authors on: the how and who of questions of religious representation; the implications of ‘muscular liberalism’ for faith and integration; the role of faith groups and values in social action; and finding the right balance between promoting equality and recognising religious difference.

Hosted by the University’s Centre for Ethnicity and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project is led by Dr Therese O’Toole working with Dr Stephen Jones and the Centre’s Director, Professor Tariq Modood. Website: publicspirit.org.uk.

Join us for spirited debate.

Subscribe to the Public Spirit mailing list here or by emailing subscribe@publicspirit.org.uk


Newly Published Reports and Publications

Humanitarian Policy Group Annual Report 2012-2013
Produced by the Humanitarian Policy Group at the ODI.

During 2012-13 HPG has continued ground-breaking policy research and analysis on the changing humanitarian landscape alongside public affairs and advisory work, reflecting HPG’s position as an authoritative voice in humanitarian affairs.

Achievements presented in this interactive e-annual report highlight HPG’s growing influence and impact on humanitarian policy and practice on issues ranging from displacement in urban areas, protection of civilians, negotiations with armed non-state actors, livelihoods in crises and the use of historical analysis to inform humanitarian action.

This e-annual report contains innovative interactive elements including videos of some of our researchers talking about the most captivating elements of their research over the last year.

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Beyond Proof, Credibility Assessment in EU Asylum Systems
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Transatlantic Trends 2013.
By The German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Transatlantic Trends 2013 is an annual survey of U.S. and European public opinion conducted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Compagnia di San Paolo, with additional support from the Barrow Cadbury TrustFundação Luso-Americana, the BBVA Foundation, the Communitas Foundation, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Eleven European Union member states were surveyed: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as well as the United States and Turkey. Polling was conducted by TNS Opinion between June 3 and June 27, 2013. In Turkey, polling was suspended for a week and was completed by July 2, 2013.

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Beyond ProofBeyond Proof, Credibility Assessment in EU Asylum Systems : Full Report
Produced by the UNHCR.

Beyond Proof – Credibility Assessment in EU Asylum Systems notes that credibility assessment in the asylum procedure is a particularly challenging and central part of the examination of asylum claims. In the exercise of its supervisory responsibility in the region, first instance negative decisions often seem to result from negative credibility findings. In addition, there is not a common understanding of and approach to the credibility assessment among EU Member States, and very little guidance on this complex issue. UNHCR is concerned that some applicants may be placed in a ‘catch-22’ situations.

The UNHCR report “Beyond Proof” provides unique insights into state practices based on research in three EU Member States, existing guidance from other states, training material including the European Asylum Curriculum (EAC), over 200 rulings by international, regional and national courts, and over 70 references to academic publications on the recent developments in international refugee law and disciplinary fields beyond (neurobiology, psychology, anthropology, cultural and gender studies) relevant to the credibility assessment in the asylum procedure.

[Click here for a copy of the Full Report] and [Click here for a copy of the Summary Report].

The employment and social situation in the UK with a focus on migration of workers and their social protection
By the European Commission.

This briefing paper provides an overview of the UK’s economic growth, employment and wage situation, the UK’s recent social and economic reforms and the major issues in the public debate. The notes then focuses on patterns of migration, the rights framework for EU and non-EU migrants, recent policy changes affecting migrants living in the UK and finally key issues in the public debate related to migrants and migration.

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Demographic and migration trends in the outermost regions
By the European Commission.
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Satisfying labour demand through migration
By the European Commission.
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European Union humanitarian aid at a glance
By the European Commission.

The causes of humanitarian crises are many and varied. They may be the result of extreme weather conditions — too much or too little rain, high winds or heavy snows — or a devastating earthquake or volcanic eruption. Often they are the tragic by-products of conflict, as warring factions fight over land or scarce resources, destroying people’s livelihoods and forcing them to flee their homes. Sometimes national economic mismanagement makes the poor destitute and turns hunger into famine. Whether their causes are natural or man-made, crises invariably bring great human suffering

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ToC: Comparative European Politics – Special Issue: The Use and Misuse of Policy Indices in the Domain of Citizenship and Integration

A new Table of Contents alert has been published in relation to the journal entitled Comparative European Politics.  The Table of Contents alert Volume 11 Issue 5, (2013) and represents a Special Issue on: The Use and Misuse of Policy Indices in the Domain of Citizenship and Integration.  Further details can be found from the [Journal webpage].

Further details of the articles included in this volume are detailed below:

The use and misuse of policy indices in the domain of citizenship and integration

Marc Helbling & Maarten Peter Vink
Comp Eur Polit 2013 11: 551-554; advance online publication, June 10, 2013; 10.1057/cep.2013.10
Abstract | Full Text | PDF

Validating integration and citizenship policy indices

Marc Helbling
Comp Eur Polit 2013 11: 555-576; advance online publication, May 13, 2013; 10.1057/cep.2013.11
Abstract | Full Text | PDF

Is there really a retreat from multiculturalism policies? New evidence from the multiculturalism policy index

Keith Banting & Will Kymlicka
Comp Eur Polit 2013 11: 577-598; advance online publication, June 24, 2013; 10.1057/cep.2013.12
Abstract | Full Text | PDF

Mysterious multiculturalism: The risks of using model-based indices for making meaningful comparisons

Jan Willem Duyvendak, Rogier van Reekum, Fatiha El-Hajjari & Christophe Bertossi
Comp Eur Polit 2013 11: 599-620; 10.1057/cep.2013.13
Abstract | Full Text | PDF

Citizenship configurations: Analysing the multiple purposes of citizenship regimes in Europe

Maarten Peter Vink & Rainer Bauböck
Comp Eur Polit 2013 11: 621-648; advance online publication, June 17, 2013; 10.1057/cep.2013.14
Abstract | Full Text | PDF

The complexities of measuring naturalization rates in advanced industrialized countries

Thomas Janoski
Comp Eur Polit 2013 11: 649-670; advance online publication, June 17, 2013; 10.1057/cep.2013.15
Abstract | Full Text | PDF

Cantonal variations of integration policy and their impact on immigrant educational inequality

Anita Manatschal & Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen
Comp Eur Polit 2013 11: 671-695; advance online publication, May 27, 2013; 10.1057/cep.2013.16
Abstract | Full Text | PDF

Indices of immigrant rights: What have we learned, where should we go?

Ruud Koopmans
Comp Eur Polit 2013 11: 696-703; advance online publication, July 8, 2013; 10.1057/cep.2013.17
Abstract | Full Text | PDF


ToC: Cultural Survival Quarterly, Volume 37 Number 3 (September 2013)

Cultural Survival Quarterly 37.3 (September 2013)

The World on Our Shoulders:
Cultivating Indigenous Youth Leadership
ON AIR: Spreading the Word About the Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent
Kaimana Barcarse

Innovative initiatives to spread the word about the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent.

Cultivating the Next Generation of Indigenous Leaders: UN Global Indigenous Youth Caucus
Jocelyn Hung Chien and Caitlin Lupton

A spotlight on the youth who make up the UN Global Indigenous Youth Caucus.

Staying Segeju:  Young Activists Fight Forced Integration in Kenya
Cristina Verán

Young activist researchers from an Indigenous East African people fight forced integration campaigns among Swahili coast communities in Kenya.

Use Your Voice
Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Twelve-year-old Ta’Kaiya Blaney from the Sliammon First Nation in British Columbia, Canada speaks and sings of her hopes for the future.

Fighting for Survival on Easter Island
Marisol Hitorangi

Hitorangi Clan of Easter Island, Chile is struggling to recover their ancestral land, which was illegally expropriated by the Chilean State.

Running for Maasai Education
Isaya Lukumay and Michele Christle

A Maasai runner’s account of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Read more articles from the September 2013 issue here.

New Reports and Publications, inc. RSC Working Papers, World of Work report 2013, Update on Syria

World of Work Report 2013: “Repairing the economic and social fabric”
Published by the International Labour Office, (ILO)

The study analyses the global employment situation five years after the start of the global financial crisis. It looks at labour market performance and projections both at the global and regional levels.

Download the full report (PDF in English only)
Download the summary (PDF)
See Also: United Nations News Centre Press Release and also an Independent Press Story.

Special Issue of The Citizen Artist News: ‘commemorating the University’s transformation into a Border Regime’
Access:  [Download Here]

The two worlds of humanitarian innovation
RSC Working paper 94
By Louise Bloom and Dr Alexander Betts

This paper considers the role innovation can play in making humanitarian action more sustainable and efficient while reducing dependency. Many organisations have begun to examine how innovation can help them deliver better services. However, this ‘top-down’ focus on organisational improvement, while vital, neglects the possibilities of ‘bottom-up’ innovation: the ways in which beneficiary populations can use their own talents and skills to foster self-reliance and long term solutions to their situations. The paper draws on innovation theory, design theory and participatory development approaches to build a research framework for examining this kind of innovation. Rather than viewing beneficiary populations solely as recipients of aid, the authors see them as actors with agency who can use their aspirations, skills and community resources to help craft sustainable and appropriate humanitarian solutions.

The authors are both part of the Humanitarian Innovation Project at the Refugee Studies Centre, where Dr Betts is Director and Ms Bloom is a Research Officer. Find out more about the Project at http://www.oxhip.org/.

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Writing the ‘Other’ into humanitarian discourse: Framing theory and practice in South-South humanitarian responses to forced displacement
RSC Working Paper 93
By Julia Pacitto and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

This paper addresses the dearth of academic research into humanitarian responses by actors of the global South. It challenges the deeply-held assumption among both academics and practitioners that humanitarianism is chiefly a product of Enlightenment thinking and the nineteenth century missionary activity of Western religious groups. There is a great deal of academic literature on responses to humanitarian crises by institutions and actors of the global North. However, there is comparatively little on those responses by the global South, and in particular almost none on Southern responses to crises of forced displacement.

The paper argues in favour of a more nuanced conceptualisation of humanitarianisms, calling for more academic study of the various humanitarianisms of the South, and encouraging academics and practitioners to critically engage with the many different solidarities which can drive humanitarian action. It cites specific examples of South-South humanitarian responses to forced displacement in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, including those of faith-based humanitarianism.

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UN Human Rights Council: Report of the independent international
commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
Published 16 August 2013
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Refugee Council Archive: Off Air Recording Requests: WB 12 October 2013

The following off-air recording requests have been made for the Refugee Council Archive for the week beginning 12 October, 2013:

Saturday 12 October
0530-0600: BBC News: Our World – Russia’s Frozen AssetsSeries Recording.
Sunday 13 October
2100-2200: BBC2: The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors.  Series 1 Episode 2.Series Recording.
Monday 14 October

2100-2200: BBC3: Stacey Dooley Investigates – Episode 3: Crime, Carnage & Cancun.

Friday 18 October

1930-1955: Channel 4: Unreported World: Episode 3: China’s Lonely HeartsSeries Recording.

Event Reminder: CMRB AGM and EUBorderscapes Project Introduction

Event Reminder: CMRB AGM and EUBorderscapes Project Introduction

CMRB AGMJust a reminder that CMRB’s AGM is taking place next Monday (14th October), 4-5pm in EB.G.18, Docklands Campus, University of East London, E16 2RD, (nearest tube: Cyprus DLR).

All are welcome and refreshments will be served. Please find the AGM agenda attached.

The AGM will be followed by the presentation, ‘EUBORDERSCAPES: Borders, intersectionality and the everyday – a project introduction’ by CMRB Senior Research Fellows Dr Kathryn Cassidy and Dr. Georgie Wemyss. The presentation will take place between 5-6pm in the same room as the AGM.

More details for both events can be found on the .

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

is delighted to invite you to:


CMRB Annual General Meeting

Date & Time: Monday 14th October 2013, 16.00-17.00

Place: EB.G.18, Docklands Campus, University of East London,

E16 2RD, nearest tube: Cyprus DLR




After the AGM, CMRB will be hosting:

EUBORDERSCAPES: Borders, intersectionality and the everyday – a project introduction

Kathryn Cassidy and Georgie Wemyss

Date & Time: Monday 14th October 2013, 17.00-18.00

Place: EB.G.18, Docklands Campus, University of East London

In this presentation, Senior Research Fellows Kathryn Cassidy and Georgie Wemyss will be introducing CMRB’s role in EUBORDERSCAPES. Financed though the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, EUBORDERSCAPES is a new international research project that tracks and interprets conceptual change in the study of borders. It is a large-scale project that includes 22 partner institutions from 17 different states. The project is studying conceptual change in relation to social, economic, cultural and geopolitical transformations that have taken place in the past decades. CMRB’s Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis is coordinating work package 9 of the project – Borders, Intersectionality and the Everyday. The central objective of the work package is to promote hitherto neglected areas of border research agendas that address lived, experienced and intersectional (e.g. gender, age, ethnicity) aspects of state borders. The bordering perspective will thus be developed in terms of discursive, practical and interpretational categories that reflect issues of citizenship, identity and transnational migration. The comparative perspective will encompass in-depth case studies that involve internal Schengen borders (eg UK/France) and external EU borders (eg Finland/Russia). The work package will also explore bordering experiences in European metropolitan cities such as London, Barcelona and St Petersburg.

See www.euborderscapes.eu for more information on the EU Borderscapes project, www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb/borderscapes for details of the UEL Borderscapes team and www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb for information on CMRB